Kuato & Quaid Brings Sludgy Sounds and Silly Total Recall Jokes to the Valley Music Scene
Guitarist Sonny Decarlo readily admits that his sludge metal/crustpunk quintet Kuato & Quaid probably won't to amount to much in the grand scheme of things.
Sonny Decarlo of Kuato & Quaid
Ditto for his other groups PV Casualties, a sloppy Misfits cover band, and Level T, a weirdo rock ensemble that's featured pots and pans as instruments.
But while the 30-year-old says that while all three acts will ultimately wind up as footnotes in Valley music history (at best), its members are collectively having a blast going nowhere fast.
"Not a lot of people like our sounds, but we like playing 'em," Decarlo says of Kuato & Quaid. "We pretty much play [the Palo Verde] every week because it's like our practice pad. No one ever shows up, but we keep rolling on."
And they're also rolling on with the endless jokes about Total Recall, the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi flick (which recently remade as an summertime action vehicle for Colin Farrell) that inspired the band's name.
Decarlo, a veteran of a handful of Valley rock and punk bands like The Tightholes, formed Kuato & Quaid as guitar/percussion duo in the spring with drummer Danny Dominguez (a.k.a. "Chinga tu Carne"). A longtime fan of '90s schlock sci-fi, Decarlo conjured the acts name based on a combination of Schwarzenegger's character Douglas Quaid from Total Recall and a memorable Martian mutant from the film.
"It was originally going to two-piece at the beginning with me and Danny and I had just bought Total Recall on laserdisc," he says.
Decarlo's also quick to point out that it had nothing to do with the recent remake, which was released last weekend.
"I don't even think that the character of Kuato is even in it," he says. "It doesn't even take place on Mars. I want to see it anyways, I think it looks alright. Not the greatest thing in the world. I don't like remakes, in general, except I'm excited for Judge Dread. I love those '90s shit movies, like Demolition Man."
He's not the only one eager to see the Total Recall reboot, as Dominguez and the other two members of Kuato & Quaid plan to check out the flick.
Despite its conception as a duo, Decarlo quickly began expanding the act's lineup, bringing in his friends Josh Halvorson (formerly of screamo band Gay By Default) on bass and Scott Casello to help drop in sound clips from movies during and between song (he also recently became the band's second guitarist).
"We've all known each other way too long," Halvorson says, "We're talking decades."
Decarlo and Halvorson previously were in a band called Aborted Christ, which had the honor of opening for a Buzzcocks/Lunachicks gig way back when.
"That was a fucked up show. We got kicked out because we got naked onstage," Decarlo says. "It seems like we've all been in bands practically our whole lives."