ALAMEDA -- Empire Slum, a three-piece band composed of Alameda musicians, performed at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco on Sunday.
They delivered a polished, tight, professional and technically savvy performance.
The band consists of lead guitarist, vocalist and creator of Empire Slum, Glenn Salidong, drummer Victor Hugo Aldrette and bass player Charlie Lopez Sr.
"Charlie did a tremendous job of learning all the material for this show in just three weeks," Salidong said. "We had gigs lined up for Slim's, Bottom of the Hill and several other clubs, and then we lost our bass player. Because of his quick learning ability and showmanship, we were able to keep the DNA gig, and now we can perform at those other venues as well."
Drummer Victor Aldrette described Empire Slum's style as "Green Day meets Korn. It is a new fusion of punk rock that leans more toward alternative rock because of Glenn's phenomenal leads during each of his original compositions."
All the music is written and composed by Salidong. He plays a seven-stringed Ibenez guitar.
"I prefer it because I can get more of the lower sounds while playing leads," Salidong said. "I am originally a classically trained piano and guitar player. I began playing piano at around age 6. But my dad played guitar, so I picked that up, too. Then as I got older, I realized I could take a guitar everywhere, unlike a piano."
Salidong said his musical influences "were really all the front-women talent such as Gwen Stefani, Cyndi Lauper and Annie Lennox. I really liked and respected what they were doing at the time. I write about the same things -- emotions, relationships, things that happen in everyday life."
Lopez also began his musical training at age 6 on the piano. He then began formal guitar study at age 12.
"I studied with Bill Turner, of Turner Studio of Music, located at that time on Park Street," Lopez said. "He was the local guitar teacher in Alameda. Some of my musical buddies also studied with Turner. I was influenced by my uncle, Art Vigil, who played guitar, piano, accordion and vocals."
"Empire Slum allows me to express myself outside the box," said Lopez, who is also the owner and director of Chaztec Studios in Alameda.
Aldrette has been with Empire Slum for four years. He is also a graphic illustrator who trained at the Art Institute of San Francisco and is the owner and director of his own freelance company.
"My main job as the drummer is to cradle everything into a nice, danceable beat," he said.
Empire Slum's Facebook page is www.facebook.com/empireslum and for the group's concert schedule, go to www.reverbnation.com/empireslumband.