Thank you East Bay Express

Thank you Aaron Carnes of The East Bay Express!

Local rock ’n’ roll singer-songwriter Thadeus Gonzalez is an unlikely success story in 2018. The rocker plays the kind of heavy rock — with traces of metal and punk and drenched in hooks and harmonies — that you would have expected to climb the charts decades ago. But through persistence and putting his entire soul into his live shows, he’s proof that audiences are still primed to rock out. He’d fronted the rock band Electric Sister for years. In 2014, he released his debut solo album Utopian Society. Through creativity and hard work, he landed some high-profile gigs. Then last year, he casually entered an online video contest and won, with the prize being an opening slot for Bon Jovi at the SAP Center in San Jose. Earlier this year, he released his follow-up record Silver Inside, which has beefier riffs juxtaposed with harmonies that are more lush than Utopian Society. It’s a bombastic rock record held together with some high-end production value.

— Aaron Carnes