Nine Questions

Gabriel Perez, the drummer for local death-metal/grind-core/thrash band Limbless Torso, has been playing the drums since he was 2; he'll turn 11 this Monday, May 19. His band (all adults, except for him) has been criticized by the Phoenix New Times for having such a young drummer while playing alongside bands like Anal Blast and Sacrificial Slaughter. But for Perez, it's all about having a good time and being loud. "Our band sounds like people dying, kind of," he says, "like people ripping out intestines." Limbless Torso will play this Saturday, May 17, at Vaudeville Cabaret.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

A Saphead concert. I was 2 months old. My dad was in the band.

What CDs are in your changer right now?

Dwarves, Free Cocaine; Iron Maiden, The Number of the Beast; NOFX, Ribbed; Gwar, War Party; another Dwarves, Thank Heaven for Little Girls; and RKL, Greatest Hits.

How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?

Right here, I have 42 CDs in my book. I have about 100 12-inches and about six cassettes. That's an estimate.

Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?

No. I don't like ripping bands off.

What was the first album you owned?

Iron Maiden, The Number of the Beast, on cassette. I was 3.

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?

Definitely Iron Maiden, "The Trooper."

Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?

AFI. I like their old stuff; it's more punk. My favorite guilty pleasure is having CDs with naked ladies on them.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

There's two: Iron Maiden and the Dwarves. Iron Maiden showed me metal, my favorite category of music, because it's so powerful, and you're not talking about shooting people. And the Dwarves, because I've started listening to punk more than metal lately.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Iron Maiden, Piece of Mind.

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