Former Black Tide Guitarist Talks About New Band
Former Black Tide guitarist Alex Nunez first announced he had joined The Panix last year but now he’s back to give us the lowdown on everything you can expect from his new venture.
Were you slightly preturbed at the way you left/were kind of phased out of Black Tide? There wasn’t even an ‘Alex has left’ announcement.
Alex Nunez: “Honestly it really didn’t bother me too much at first, it just got annoying when 2 months went by and it was as if everything had just been ignored and just put to the side. I’m glad they finally sent out a word even though it took forever because now I have a lot of Black Tide fans still supporting me which i am extremely thankful for!”
“Oh, I also wanna add that I Did Not Start The Panix! The Panix have been my best friends for years, I grew up on the punk and hardcore scene with them and always wanted to play with them but I was in Black Tide. The second I came home, I didn’t even have to ask to join, they kinda made me join! It’s funny actually because Austin ‘panix’ Dias (The Panix original guitarist), who still plays for The Panix, is currently playing for Black Tide ha ha. It’s been kind of a switch around but he is still very dedicated to The Panix and every time he comes back from a Black Tide tour, we book as many Panix shows as we can.”
How much has Black Tide influenced The Panix?
Nunez: “Black Tide has absolutely no influence on the band at all to tell you the truth. We are completely punk, hardcore and thrash influenced and play along those lines. We’re just a lot faster, more technical and there are a lot more solos. We try to fit as much intensity as humanly possible in our shows. We aren’t exactly a “lets get in to our stage clothes and look pretty before we play” kinda band.”
Are there similarities between your past work and The Panix?
Nunez: “Well back when I was younger, me and the original drummer for Black Tide (Gabe’s brother) started a street punk band called The Corpse Rats and it was straight forward fast punk rock. When Black Tide took off, it went in a totally different direction. You know, (it was) more towards the slower kind of metal, which was fine for them but just not for me. I always hung more to the hardcore and thrash scene.”
Why should people keep their ears to the ground for The Panix?
Nunez: “It’s super fast metal with punk/hardcore vocals and shredding leads all over the place. Who the fuck wouldn’t love that!?”
Is it frustrating to be back to square 1?
Nunez: “It could be very frustrating at times but honestly, I’m with the best friends in the world and we are busting our asses to get out there and everything is D.I.Y so all you punks and metal heads our there, listen the fuck up!”