BRENDON SMALL’S GALAKTIKON, the critically acclaimed side-project of Brendon Small — the creative mastermind behind the smash-hit animated [adult swim] TV show “Metalocalypse” and the band DETHKLOK — became the first metal act to headline an all-star lineup for WesFest 8: A Concert To Benefit The Wes Wehmiller Endowed Scholarship At Berklee College Of Music at The Roxy in West Hollywood, California on Sunday, March 3. The show marked the live debut of the project. The scholarship fund honors Wes Wehmiller (1971-2005), a Berklee graduate (’92) and highly accomplished bassist, athlete and photographer who died of thyroid cancer in January 2005. Established by his family and friends, the Wes Wehmiller Endowed Scholarship is awarded annually to a continuing student at Berklee who best exemplifies the excellence and grace Wehmiller showed as a bassist and as a human being. The WesFest concert series and related fundraising drive has raised more than $150,000 over the past seven years.
BRENDON SMALL’S GALAKTIKON‘s setlist was as follows:
02. Prophecy Of The Lazer Witch
05. Truth Orb And The Kill Pool
06. You Can’t Run Away
07. Arena War Of The Immortal Masters
09. On My Way
10. Thunder Horse
11. Go Into The Water
Video footage of the performance can be seen below (courtesy of Stephanie Cabral).
Before “Metalocalypse” and DETHKLOK‘s runaway success, Brendon Small, a Berklee alum (’97), began his career in animation as the co-creator, writer, voice actor, composer and musician for the TV show “Home Movies”. Small has also lent his voice to a number of other shows including “The Venture Bros.”, “Aqua Teen Hunger Force”, “Squidbillies”, “Reno 911!” and “Frisky Dingo”. He then reprised his co-creator/writer/voice actor/director/producer/music-composer role for “Metalocalypse”, which premiered in August 2006 and just completed its fourth season on [adult swim]. But in April of 2012, Small branched out to write and produce BRENDON SMALL’S GALAKTIKON, a self-described “high-stakes intergalactic extreme rock album.” The long-awaited side project was inspired not just by modern metal, but also by QUEEN, FOO FIGHTERS, SOUNDGARDEN, SMASHING PUMPKINS and WEEZER.
The live band required to pull off the multi-layered music of BRENDON SMALL’S GALAKTIKON contained four guitarists, including L.A.-based guitarist and former Musicians Institute guitar program director Jude Gold (JEFFERSON STARSHIP, BILLY SHEEHAN), Mike Keneally (DETHKLOK, FRANK ZAPPA, JOE SATRIANI), Rick Musallam (BEN TAYLOR, CARLY SIMON), and Small himself. Additional bandmembers include keyboardist/guitarist Walter Ino; bassist Bryan Beller (DETHKLOK, STEVE VAI, THE ARISTOCRATS); drummer Tim Yeung (MORBID ANGEL); and vocalists Ben Thomas (ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA), Kira Small (PETER FRAMPTON, MARTINA MCBRIDE), Ali Handal (NEIL YOUNG, PAUL WILLIAMS) and Jude Crossen.
Video footage below courtesy of Stephanie Cabral