Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Toxic Tito.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
TOXIC TITO: Toxic Tito was formed in November 2019, and our album was finished during the pandemic. The goal was to make a hard hittin’ rock album as an antidote to the massive catastrophe that we are now living. The album “Bestia” speaks of truths, of timeless angst in light of eternal futility. The idea that history is beyond our control and is propelled forward by a spirit that is now very ill. “Bestia” was intended as a lifesaver in an ocean of garbage.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
TOXIC TITO: I do the writing, and I was raised in Venezuela, so even if its totally erased from the surface, there is a jagged way that I play the guitar that I know comes from my musical upbringing with “Fania AllStars”, Ruben Blades, Ismael Rivera, Tiro Matamorros (In the way they use their voices) and of course we have the introduction to rock via Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin, Leon Russell and the proverbial Rolling Stones. So I loved the passion and fright in the voices. Naturally The Beatles must be included, that’s like flying a plane without a pilots license, everyone must absorb them. But there’s loads of music I love, pretty much anything except that shit that is scientifically written to sell, and it’s only objective is to contaminate you with a repetitive ADD type of psychotic bullshit. I also don’t like songs that are only about grinding and fucking. I said “only”!
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
TOXIC TITO: “Bestia” is our only album out and it’s worth your time. Incredible musicianship, screwy approaches to standard progressions and rock solid in it’s delivery. We also have two songs in Spanish, they are punk songs. They have been controversial to say the least. “Come Mierda” was dedicated to the president of a country, as well as to multiple ex-whatevers.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
TOXIC TITO: They can expect to be enveloped in that magical place where nothing else matters except us and you having a direct line of musical bliss. Maybe also bring earplugs, and prepare to mosh it up.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
TOXIC TITO: Totally ensconced with the greats of this incredible idiom that we call Rock Music. We will impose ourselves and come in through the bathroom window if necessary. All we know is that we are a real band with real music, and possibly some sex appeal. And a shitload of guts!