Cholo-Goth Takes Center Stage At Knotfest fest With Prayers THOUGHTS+PHOTOS: PRAYERS @ OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST 11/5/17
San Bernardino, CA- I’d always been intrigued by Prayers. Prayers is Rafael Reyes p/k/a Leafar Seyer (vocals) and Dave Parley (synths) and they coined the musical category “Cholo Goth” which is a genre of music that utilizes heavy synths while telling stories of the harsh realities of gang life. When I saw their name slated to kick off the action on the main stage at Knotfest, I was excited at the prospect of catching them live for the first time. Then I noticed that their set time conflicted with another band that I desperately wanted to catch.
I resigned myself to the fact that I’d only be able to catch the first part of their performance, but hey … something is better than nothing, right?
As their music (dark and brooding) lends itself better to intimately dark venues as opposed to a sunlit afternoon stage, I was impressed with the way they were able to set a tone with their presence on stage. Rafael and Dave were able to bring a particularly intense presence to the stage. Leafar was especially present.
As his sharp black fingernails wrapped around the microphone, he shouted lyrics to the masses that resonated with emphasis. Being close to the stage, I could see the intensity in his eyes as soon as he removed his sunglasses. It was a look that intimidated me, and made the performance that much more impressive. It was a shame that I had to leave their performance early, but it gives me more reason to want to catch their cholo goth again in the future.
— Derrick K. Lee (@methodman13) November 30, 2017