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The Vanguard and Bros. Houligan Present...


with Esc Ctrl, Harakiri, Sabertooth
Sat Jan, 6 8:00 pm ( Doors: 7:00 pm )
The Vanguard
All Ages
$15 GA - Standing Room Only
Additional Info
No backpacks or other large bags will be permitted at entry. If a bag is necessary, we encourage you to carry something the size of a standard fanny pack or clutch. All bags subject to search at entry.

All patrons will be subject to wanding with a metal detector at entry. No weapons, including folding pocket knives, will be allowed to enter the venue. 

No outside drinks or reusable drink containers will be permitted. This includes Camelbak style backpacks. 

No smoking allowed inside venue. We have an open re-entry policy, so you will be permitted to go outside if you would like to smoke during the event. 

Perseus is a Metal band hailing from Shawnee, OK- formed from some home studio recordings back in the Myspace days of 2008. They are self-described as "minimalist-technical-progressive-death-metal-core." What might that mean, you ask? They have no idea. There are so many subtle intricacies to their songs that they classify their style as simply Metal, to not muddy the waters of the sub-genre pool. Drawing inspiration from classical greats like Bach and Chopin to more modern artists such as As I Lay Dying, Meshuggah, and Avenged Sevenfold- Perseus displays a wide array of sonic textures and melodies.

“The goal of Perseus is to convey a sense of intensity, fun, and mystique to listeners while also being challenging and interesting for us to play- kind of how one would think of space exploration or a John Wick film or a good game of dodgeball," lead guitarist and songwriter Gabriel Mark says.

Perseus began as a party band- playing house shows and pumping up crowds. They knew they were onto something when non-metal listeners showed interest and enthusiasm in their music, garnering attention from the city's local newspaper, the Shawnee News Star, and local hard rock radio station 100.5 the KATT. The enthusiasm from the party crowds showed future rhythm guitarist Chris Gomez that there was something there and he soon joined the group, bringing with him stage presence and business acumen. They soon found themselves evolving out of party band status and into legitimate band status when they started jumping on major metal shows with the likes of Animals as Leaders and Born of Osiris. One thing led to another and Perseus found themselves in need of a new vocalist, whom they eventually found from Myspace (Jeremy Knight) which took their sound and stage show to the next level. “I live for live performances. The energy we convey live will be reminiscent of the feeling people get when they think back on seeing some of their favorite bands,” Jeremy states- emphasizing the energy, engagement, and intensity of Perseus’ live shows.

The band enjoyed some local success thereafter, but guitarist Gabriel Mark decided to pursue a music degree in 2012, which halted things for the band. After a lengthy hiatus, the band fortuitously met back up at a Megadeth show at the Zoo Amphitheater in Oklahoma City and decided to kick things off again in a big way. What started as just a fun reunion led to recording the band’s first single “Instincts” with former Cold guitarist Drew Molleur. The recording attracted the attention of talented, meme-loving drummer, Jordan Gorath, whom the band found via a flyer at ACM@UCO- as well as a fierce new bass player/clean singer, Gage Wayland- also an ACM student.

Perseus have subsequently redoubled their efforts towards a more professional, nuanced sound and a cohesive vision. They are currently working on studio recordings with engineer/producer CJ Cochran (of Outline in Color) and plan on releasing by Spring 2019. Since their return, the band have played such prestigious Oklahoma venues as the Diamond Ballroom, festivals such as Rocklahoma and Rocktoberfest, and are set to play more in 2019- in addition to adding more out-of-state shows, such as Redwood Metal Fest in Ukiah, CA. They can be reached via Facebook @, (*Insert Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube links here) where you can find current shows and promotions. "

In late 2020 the band release their latest single "10,000 Scars" and performs live in the Oklahoma with new Bassist Alex Farinas. Even through the pandemic the band is pushing through adversity to continue to bring metal and a party atmosphere to any venue.

Esc Ctrl
Esc Ctrl is a 3 piece metal band from Muskogee, Ok. With Matt Hunter on Vocals/Bass, Nickolas McAnally on Guitar, and Ray Walsh on drums.
Harakiri is a 5 piece metalcore outfit based out of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Started on a whim in 2019 and became a strong metalcore band with driving bass lines, aggressive drum beats, powering vocals, and in-your-face guitar riffs.
It wasn't long after Declan Schoonover inquired about an empty room in the basement of Shadowood Mall in downtown Muskogee, Oklahoma that the Sabertooth you know of today was born.

Formed in March of 2020, Sabertooth began as only Tyler Mitchem, and Declan Schoonover after reconnecting in the early stages of the United States Corona pandemic. With Tyler playing both lead, and rhythm guitar, and Declan playing drums the first formation of Sabertooth was born.

Drawing vocal influence from Kurt Cobain, the static energy of Ty Segall, and doom-groove of Agent Orange, Tyler began creating lyrics, and testing the waters on which direction the puzzle pieces would fit.

While on the other side of the room Declan quickly started utilizing the pulse, and percussion knowledge he had attained from years of high-school band, and previous projects.

After practicing every night in that mall basement room for hours on end they had landed their first gig; The R.A.T.H.O.L.E of McAllister, Oklahoma. Eventually leading to a secondary private show to a now non-disclosed location.

Fast forward to August of that same year the two forming members agreed that Declan would now be lead guitar, and secondary vocals... Influence for vocals came from the tone of A Day To Remember, and the heavy punk of Neck deep. With lead guitar Influences ranging from Avenged Sevenfold, to System of a Down, to Nirvana; but that left a spot open that had to be filled; they needed a drummer. But who?

Enter Alex Holston. A drummer for 5+ years, with his sound influenced by Metallica, TOOL, and Slipknot. The longtime friend of both Declan, and Tyler. After a late night discussion between both Ty and Declan they had decided to talk with Alex about joining. He immediately said yes and the now trio began practicing that very week.

Their first show as the newly formed group started playing shows in Tulsa Oklahoma on the stage of Blackbird on Pearl.
Playing and head-lining in every show that they could find during the pandemic.

Concluding amongst themselves that they needed to record the 7-track album, and fast, Declan found Oakwood Studios where the trio recorded the first song: TOOTH.
On that drive home from recording they discussed the idea of bringing a bassist into the band. It was settled, they were becoming a full act.

Nick Wooldridge who had been in a previous project with Alex was first on the list; he loved the idea and began learning as much as he could about bass from his previous guitar playing. With the sounds of Alice in Chains, Skid Row, and Suicidal Tendencies Nick was a natural fit. Practicing with the band only weeks later.

Sabertooth have since then played along side: Counter Culture Prophet, Wolf Ugly, (A)ether, The Action Bastards, Harakiri, Sodos, Shelter in Place, Perseus, and many more notable acts.

The group are currently in the studio recording their debut album due out July 2021, with the running title of "Swingset" and the genre defined as Doom-Punk.