Temptress: Dallas Metal
Road warriors from the Metroplex visit the Falls
There’s no shortage of hard rock, metal, and doom metal shows in Texoma, and Dallas-based metal trio Temptress visited Wichita Falls for a heavy show at the Iron Horse Pub, with hometown heroes Big Find and The Kept in support.
Temptress consists of Kelsey Wilson on guitar and vocals, Christian Wright on bass and vocals, and drummer and vocalist Andi Cuba. FUSE contributor Rob Ratliff checked-in with the band for some insight on who they are, where they came from, and what we can expect in the future.
FUSE: When did the band form?
The idea of Temptress came about in 2018, with Cuba and Wilson living together wanting to start a new project. Wright joined in the new year of 2019 and from there we started our new adventure.
FUSE: Who are your major influences?
Kelsey: Major influences come about from a few spectrums of the music universe. On the metal side, Lamb of God, Slayer, Metallica. Classic Rock, there’s too many to list, but a few are The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Heart, and Guns N’ Roses, Grateful Dead.
Andi: I draw inspiration from 80’s/90’s alternative and grunge. I love drummers like Clem Burke from Blondie, Budgie from Siouxsie and the Banshees, Matt Cameron Soundgarden/Pearl Jam, and Stephen Perkins Jane’s Addiction/Porno for Pyros.
FUSE: What is your writing process?
Many times, we all come up with a riff, idea, or beat and bring it to the group and we hash it out until the song becomes a song. So, usually, we all write together. On occasion a member will have a full song written with lyrics, or most of an idea written with lyrics, which is then brought to the table in hopes it will be completed. With our new album, many of our songs are a complete collaboration of our stylings and efforts.
FUSE: What was it like shooting music videos? How did that come to happen?
The idea for a music video came about with the release of our album. Most of the time, before an album release, there’s two singles released prior. The best way to promote those singles is a music video. So, we picked two of our favorite songs for a single and started looking for a person in the DFW area to shoot a video for us. There were a few contenders however, Correy Morrison took the spotlight. Around that time, Morrison had shot a video for Charlies Star Lounge, a local watering hole we all frequented. The video he shot had the look and feel we all loved. We reached out to him, and the rest is history, with “Serpentine” topping a personal chart of 21k views on YouTube. Across the country we have gotten more compliments and recognition for that music video than any other aspect of our album release.
FUSE: What is on the horizon for Temptress?
Temptress: First up is our Winter Tour ‘24. We will embark on a journey to the deep south of the US with friends Medicine Horse, Dead Register, Bleeth and Long Cold Stare. One week with each band, taking us from one region to another. It’s topping out about 4 weeks in total. Afterwards we will be coming together in Spring for South By Southwest and our traditional Texas run. Then, we are going to hunker down and focus on writing our sophomore album. I’m sure we will have some weekend runs here and there through the late spring and summer, however, the goal is to be in the studio Summer of 2024.
Follow Temptress on Facebook. Have you seen Temptress perform? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.
Follow theFUSE on Facebook
Follow theFUSE on Instagram