Bury Your Dead members, from left, Aaron Patrick, Slim B, Mat Brusso, Chris Towning, and Dustin Schoenhofer.
Hardcore metal meets Urban Cowboy-era country in a marriage of offbeat musical bedfellows that's destined to lead to multiple brawls Sunday night at Frankie's Inner- City club in East Toledo.
Bottles will be smashed over heads at the Bury Your Dead show, fights among flannel shirt and cowboy hat wearing denizens will break out willy-nilly, and chaos will prevail. Guaranteed.
Chief Mike Navarre, if you're reading this, relax. All the fisticuffs will be staged in good fun for a video by the hardcore metal band, so no Toledo Police Department officers will be necessary to break things up.
The group -- which has members living in the Boston and Cincinnati areas along with drummer Dustin Schoenhofer of Toledo -- will convene to shoot a video for the song "Slaughterhouse Five," which will be on the still-unreleased "Mosh and Roll" disc.
A casting call at the 308 Main St. club will begin at 7 p.m. and Schoenhofer said the band and the video producers will look for extras decked out in cowboy hats, tucked-in flannel shirts, and full Urban Cowboy regalia for the video.
The theme of the video will be a re-enactment of the movie Roadhouse with the band behind chicken wire playing before a bunch of rubes who engage in frequent fights. He said he's receiving 500 break-away bottles to use in the fight scenes.
It's just part of the territory for Schoenhofer, a super-busy musician who joined Bury Your Dead this year. He's still drummer for Walls of Jericho, a Detroit-area metal band and Premonitions of War, a Toledo band that plays infrequently. He also does session work and has served as road manager for the band Ill Nino.
Schoenhofer has to bring the same energy to performing with Bury Your Dead, which will leave next week for Europe and a tour. The key is pacing himself while playing the intensely fast, heavy music.
"I'm not like a really healthy dude. I don't drink hardly ever, I don't do any drugs. I do smoke cigarettes, but it's kind of like a conditioning thing, an adrenaline thing, and I let my adrenaline push me through," he said.
Schoenhofer, 30, a graduate of Penta County Vocational Technical School, said he's a firm believer in the hardcore ethos, which puts a premium on a commitment to the music and a self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Nobody's going to do anything for you that you can't do better yourself," he said, noting that bands on that scene feel a special kinship with their fans. "At the end of the day, you're just a person whether you're a person that sold a million records or sold 30 million records, you're no better than anyone else."
The son of Ken Schoenhofer and Robin Fuller, he said he'll continue to shuttle between his Toledo home, touring, and session work in California.
Anyone interested in being considered as an extra in the video shoot should show up at Frankie's around 7. And remember: Tuck in your flannel shirt, polish up your boots, and make sure your cowboy hat is on straight. You might just get lucky enough to end up in a big fight.
Contact Rod Lockwood at email@example.com or 419-724-6159.
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