"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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The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.