"I guess when you play with that dark energy it can roll around on you," says Santeria frontman Dege Legg.
Morale flagged as the band struggled to land a recording contract. "The band collectively, really aspired to make it," says Primo. "We got to the point where we were playing for those reasons." When a record deal didn't materialize, the members of Santeria agreed to take an amicable hiatus.
The hiatus took a devastating turn when drummer Krishna Kasturi broke both legs, an arm and an ankle in a car crash in Florida. For the last three years the members splintered further; Kasturi stayed in Florida, and bassist Jay Guins moved to New York, while Legg (an occasional Independent Weekly contributor), Primo and percussionist Rob Rushing stayed in Lafayette.
This August, Kasturi sparked new life into the band. He hadn't been on a drum kit since the accident, and his itchy fingers beckoned Santeria back in the studio. Working with new bassist Chad Willis and recording engineer Ivan Klisanin, they started work on a record and recently played a last-minute reunion show at the Renaissance. December has them playing at least four more gigs as they prepare for the early 2007 release of the record, tentatively titled The Year of The Knife. Legg notes it's pure rock 'n' roll, and songs that didn't fit onto past Santeria albums will join new material written by Legg that is too strong for his other band Black Bayou Construktion.
As for any return of the curse, Primo isn't buying it.
"I refuse to believe it," he says. "Because the moment you buy into it, you're sold. We are doing the record for positive reasons."
Santeria performs Friday, Dec. 8, with Rotary Downs and Black Bayou Construktion at 307 Downtown and Friday, Dec. 15, with Attractive & Popular and the Transmission at Renaissance. For more info, visit myspace.com/santeria777.
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Louisiana welfare recipients would be prohibited in state law from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores, under a bill that received the support Wednesday of a House committee.
Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job.
Rep. Joel Robideaux has delayed bill hearings and said unless a compromise can be reached, he won't bring up the legislation this session.
Once again, Lafayette Parish School Board President Hunter Beasley is focused on an issue that has nothing to do with the educational well-being of our public school children.
Fashion and music make great bedfellows
Producers, manufacturers, restaurants and chefs host roundtable and tasting
After exhausting his appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has no legal remedy left save one: do an end run around the high court via a bill that would grandfather his “right” to keep a 550-pound tiger enclosed in a pin at his roadside business.
Louisiana poet Darrell Bourque has won the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana's literary and intellectual life.
Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House.
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An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.
State bar foundation bestows honor on founder and managing partner of NeunerPate
This Wednesday, April 23, marks the first full day of INNOV8 Lafayette.
National awards recognize outstanding achievement in leadership development and leadership programs
A federal court magistrate has issued a seven-page schedule of hearings, conferences and deadlines leading up to January’s trial aimed at determining how much money BP will owe in Clean Water Act fines as a result of its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The state’s “greedy trial lawyers” haven’t scared this oil giant away.
Local boutique celebrates all things green
It took a few weeks for the pitfalls to emerge in the governor’s $25 billion budget, but the time of judgment has finally arrived.