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New funk fusion band Los Galaxy spinning up their debut album

Nick Braun

Whatzup Features Writer

Published December 8, 2021

Formed earlier this summer, Los Galaxy is a band that is quickly emerging on the local scene. 

The funk fusion act is comprised of Zane Stackhouse (drums), Jonathan Jehle (bass), Ashton Morris (sax), David Vaides (guitar), and David’s younger brother Daniel Vaides (keys). Occasionally, they add saxophonist Takoda Collins to the mix. 

So far, Los Galaxy have performed everywhere from coffee shops, house parties, 2Toms Brewing Company, The Ruin, The Muse on Main, and the Brass Rail. They plan to expand that in ’22. 

Guitarist David Vaides told me the band is currently working on their debut album which they hope to have out early next year. Hopefully, that is the case as they currently do not have any material on any of the streaming sites, so the only chance of taking them in is by seeing them live. 

As of press time, the band is finalizing a show for later this month. Stay tuned to Whatzup as the details emerge. 

Milk Crate Mafia to rock your face

Just when you thought you seen it all with band names, The Milk Crate Mafia comes strolling into town. This newly formed cover band have only a few shows under their belt but are already busy putting together their gig calendar for the upcoming months. 

The band is led by vocalist/guitarist Scotty Hayes who many of you know from the 2010 Whatzup Battle of the Bands champion Kill the Rabbit. The band is rounded out by Brian Kinerk (guitar), Nick Currens (bass), and Brian Michael (drums). Together, the crew performs a variety of numbers by the likes of Kiss, Ozzy Osborne, Lenny Kravitz, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Sammy Hagar, Rage Against the Machine, and Stealers Wheel. 

The Milk Crate Mafia will perform at the Wet Spot in Decatur on Dec. 18, at Martin’s Tavern in Garrett on Jan. 7 and 8, and at Dupont Bar and Grill on Jan. 29. 

‘Moonchild’ video on YouTube

Gordon Groat of Casket Sharp and Dan Smyth of The Legendary Trainhoppers have teamed up for a project they’re calling If Those Trees Could See. This exciting partnership recently released their first single titled “Moonchild,” which was recorded/mixed by Jason Davis at Off the Cuff Studios. 

The friendship and creative alliance can be seen in the music video for “Moonchild” which was put together by Adam York. The video can be viewed on YouTube. 

Be on the lookout for another single to be released in the upcoming weeks. Groat also tells me there are plans to record a couple more early next year. 

Salem’s Childe tour to hit Piere’s

Salem’s Childe is a metal band based in north-central Indiana that is a perfect storm of thrash, groove, prog, and modern rock that finds itself as equally at home in the mainstream as it does the underground. Among the members is drummer and Fort Wayne native Scott Earley who has been known to beat the skins a time or two with former local acts Koheleth, Shunned, and Downbreed

Salem’s Childe was recently asked to jump on the road next year with horror punk band Doyle for the U.S. leg of their “Abominate the World As We Die World” tour. 

Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein is known for his material with the horror punk band The Misfits and his own band eponymously named Doyle. 

The tour kicks off March 4 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and wraps up April 10 in Burlington, Vermont. The tour includes a stop in Fort Wayne at Piere’s on Thursday, March 10. 

“I am absolutely stoked to be a part of this tour and experience. It is going to be off the hook!” Earley said. “I hope to see all my friends around the country at these shows.” 

Tickets for the Piere’s show are available now via In addition, Salem’s Childe recently recorded a version of Sponge’s 1994 hit “Plowed,” which can be found on the band’s Facebook page.   

Namen Namen gets to tour tour

The local rock quartet Namen Namen is about to find out what life on the road is all about as they have a string of road dates beginning this month. 

Loading and unloading gear, trying to find a good sleeping position, and gas station nachos are about to ensue for the band on the 10-day run that begins in Detroit on Dec. 28 and conclude Jan. 8 in Indianapolis. 

Along the way, they will share stages with bands such as Macho Detroit, The Taxadermists, Picnic Day, Shark Sandwich, Willie & the Cigs, and Heavy Mother. Good luck and have fun!  

Guitarist Zych releases first album

Justin Zych, the guitar shredder known for his work in the local outfits Zephaniah, Valhalla, and a stint in Cougar Hunter, has released his debut album Dante’s Inferno, Part I on Metal Assault Records) for his solo project Zych. This gem is nearly 70 minutes long and features eight intense tracks, a number of guest musicians from around the globe, and album artwork by the talented Tricia Cavender. The album is dedicated to the great Italian poet Dante Alighieri. 

Zych now lives in Texas and hopes to return to the Midwest soon in support of the new release. Let’s hope he doesn’t forget about us Fort Wayners. 

You can check out the new Zych material on major streaming platforms. To purchase, go to


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