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Dallas’ ‘Deep Ellum Music Scene’: Indie Band Messer to release debut album; Tour with Red, Lacey Sturm and Righteous Vendetta

Dallas band Messer is set to release their debut album on April 20th, 2018.  The name of the album is the same as the band –Messer.

Messer is: 

Dereak Messer, Lead Vocals 

Donnie Deville, Guitar/Vocals 

Javier Contreras, Guitar/Vocals

Kenn Youngar, Drums/Vocals

Maddox Messer, Bass/ Vocals

The band is touring in support of the album release in March and April with Red, Lacey Sturm, and Righteous Vendetta; and Shallow Side in late April and May.

Messer means knife in German, and the band is cutting a memorable swath through the Rock world in 2018, starting with their 1st single “Make This Life“.  The song is off to a fast start @ Active Rock Radio with spins @ SiriusXM Octane, an early add @ Music Choice Rock, along with 50 more Active Rock stations. It’s currently charting @ #36 on BDS Active Rock and #37 on Mediabase.
The song is also featured on Key Hard Rock playlists @ Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google Play Music, Pandora, Youtube and Slacker Radio.
The band’s modern rock sound was born through connections in the Deep Ellum music scene of Dallas, an area that has given rise to Hard Rock and Metal bands like Pantera, Drowning Pool, Hell Yeah, and King’s X.

Dereak knew he wanted to pursue singing as a career while in High School in Iowa and started honing his chops with local bands.  After high school he moved to Dallas to pursue his music career professionally.  His first contact was with Dallas native Javier, who was making a name for himself playing in Jagermeister sponsored bands Mudflap and Pimpadelic.

The two bonded at a show and became the genesis of Messer.  While looking for a place to get his hair cut, Dereak walked into Maddox’s Hair salon on a whim.  The two struck up a conversation about music and another connection was made.  Kenny was traveling from his home in Canada to an audition in Phoenix when his car broke down in Dallas.  He ended up staying in town and found success playing with the band Strangleweed, who made an appearance on the nationally televised Courtroom show “Eye for an Eye”.  That caught the attention of the members of Messer, and Kenny became part of the family. Donnie was playing in various Dallas bands and gaining attention as an award-winning Tattoo artist. Maddox would play Donnie tracks the band was working on and in turn, Donnie would play music he was recording at his own home studio. As Messer continued to develop as a band, they knew they wanted to add an additional guitar player, and they all agreed that Donnie was a great fit.  The lineup for Messer was solidified.
The band grew their fan base locally, and began to branch out regionally and nationally, opening for notable bands such as Sick Puppies, Candlebox, Hinder, Vince Neil, Black Stone Cherry, Lynch Mob, Drowning Pool, Local H, Trapt, Metallica, Dokken, Scott Stapp Of Creed, Avenged Sevenfold, and Buck Cherry. It was on one of these tours that the band caught the attention of Los Angeles based writer/producer, Chad Gendason.  The band felt an immediate comradery with Chad and a lasting bond was made. Messer started writing with Chad, and their first collaboration became “Simple Man”. Fan favorite “Whiskey” soon followed and the songs started to flow into what would eventually become their self-titled debut album “Messer“, which will be released on 4/20/18 on Maddpants Records. The album was mixed by Ben Grosse (Marilyn Manson, Breaking Benjamin, Disturbed) and mastered by Tom Baker (Papa Roach, David Bowie, Motley Crue). 
The band’s desire for creative expression and to touch as many lives as possible is what drives them forward.  2018 is shaping up to be the year that Messer cuts through the noise and clutter of the Rock & Metal world and makes it mark.

Track Listing:
1). Throw It Away
2). Everything Beautiful
3). Fight Of My Life
4). Still Better Off
5). Lay Down Your Heart
6). Make This Life
7). Simple Man
8). Save Myself
9). One More Time
10). Whiskey
11). Simple Man (Acoustic)

Red / Lacey Sturm / Righteous Vendetta/MESSER Tour Dates

March 30 – Tempe, Ariz. @ Marquee Theatre

March 31 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre

April 3 – Lubbock, Texas @ Jake’s Backroom

April 4 – San Antonio, Texas @ The Rock Box

April 6 – Houston, Texas @ The Scout Bar

April 7 – Dallas, Texas @ Canton Hall

April 10 – Oklahoma City, Okla. @ Tower Theatre

April 12 – Sauget, Ill. @ Pop’s

April 13 – Memphis, Tenn. @ New Daisy Theatre

April 14 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Top Golf

April 15 – Atlanta, GA. @ The Masquerade


Dates with Shallow Side

Wednesday – 4/18/2018 – Jacks Bar and Grill  San Antonio

Thursday – 4/19/2018 – Sidewinder Austin TX

Friday – 4/20/2018 – Trees Dallas TX – album release show

Saturday – 4/21/2018 – Satellite Bar – Austin, TX

Sunday – 4/22/2018 – Olde Towne Tavern – Slidell, TX

Wednesday – 4/25/2018 – Ashley Street Station – Valdosta GA

Thursday – 4/26/2018 – The Warrior – Tallahassee, FL

Friday – 4/27/2018 – Working – Tampa, FL

Saturday – 4/28/2018 – Southside – Naples, FL

Sunday – 4/29/2018 – On Hold – Orlando FL

Wednesday – 5/2/2018 – Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

Thursday – 5/3/2018 – Sidetracks Music Hall – Huntsville, AL

Friday – 5/4/2018 – The Warehouse – Clarksville, TN

Saturday – 5/5/2018 – Steel Horse Rally – Fort Smith, AK

Wednesday – 5/9/2018 – The Bourbon Hall – Louisville KY

Thursday – 5/10/2018 – Amici’s – Concord, NC

Friday – 5/11/2018  – The Vault – Hickory, NC

Saturday – 5/12/2018 – GroundZero – Spartanburg SC

Saturday – 5/19/2018 – Pit Stop Bar and Grill – North Richland Hills – Headline show


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