Vicious Licks Wakes Up The South Bay

By: Dee Miyamura

January 15, 2010; Welcome to the “Sleepy little village of” Torrance, California! Torrance is part of the area of Los Angeles County known as The South Bay. Wander into The Crest, located on the edge of Downtown, and onto its small stage.

Waking up my hometown is the band Vicious Licks, invading from the big city of Hollywood. Vicious Licks is Brett Hellings lead vocals, RJ and Tchad Drats on guitars, Dave Cruise on bass, and Dish on drums.

This was my first time seeing Vicious Licks! I do not know the band members, and had not yet met them all. The drummer, Dish, however; I do know from his tenure with another band.

Brett, the lead singer, is a front man that is enjoyable to watch. It is a rare trait for a lead singer to engage my attention! It was a pleasure to see Dish play the drums again. The rest of the band made excellent use of the small stage with showmanship reserved for Hollywood.


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