It Prevails, Capsize, At Our Expense

IT PREVAILS, CAPSIZE, AT OUR EXPENSE, at the Cobalt Café, October 25, 2010

Who said there’s nothing to do on a Monday night? Many a hardcore kid made their way out to the Cobalt Café to check out It Prevails from Portland, Oregon as well as several other local acts. Once signed to the Rise Records label, It Prevails is now part of the Rain City Records family and remains a musical force to be reckoned with. Judging by the crowd that had gathered at the Cobalt on a weekend, It Prevails clearly has maintained an impassioned fan base.

The first band Highwire Daze caught was At Our Expense from the San Fernando Valley, who in the past has opened for a wide array of bands including Love Hate Hero, the Ataris, and Close Your Eyes. Presenting an exciting set of melodic hardcore, many of the songs left lasting impressions. The absolute highlight of the set was Love Stories Don’t Come Along Like This One, a dynamic tune of anthem-like proportions that really soared into the stratosphere. Other songs that stood out in their set included Call Me Old Fashioned and Rumor Has It. The dual vocals within the band work extremely well, as performed by Angel Carmona on clean vocals and Andy Argueta on hardcore screams. The two Danny’s in the band (Danny Santamaria and Danny Lopez) provide some wonderfully atmospheric guitar work while Robert Angell on bass and Nelson on drums make up a formidable rhythm section. Save The Decade is the name of their self released EP, now available on Itunes.

Up next was Capsize, who made the trek all the way from San Diego to play on a Monday night. Presenting hardcore with a good deal of heart, the band igniting the first slammin’ pit of the evening. Especially impressive is charismatic vocalist Daniel, who was all over the stage performing with a wondrous sense of passion and conviction. The band played songs from Set Sail, their CD on Irish Voodoo Records, including Nothing Changes and Weather’s Here, Wish You Were Beautiful. Capsize also premiered two powerful news song – Dreamcatcher and Voyages – both slated to be on their next release. Judging by the audience reaction, we’ll be seeing their second effort on a label such as Rise or Fearless. Capsize is a solid band you’ll be hearing a lot more of in the future. Many of their fans drove all the way from San Diego to see them and there is little doubt there were a few new Capsize fans made locally in the San Fernando Valley as well on that night.

And then there was It Prevails, whose impassioned set nearly blew the roof off the Cobalt. A five piece melodic hardcore band from the Pacific Northwest, It Prevails put on a mesmerizing show performing songs mostly from their Capture and Embrace CD and the even more recent Findings EP. The band is vastly underrated, and yet perseverance and a passion for their art has driven them to even greater personal glories. Ian Fike is an astounding front man, hardly ever on the stage, but taking it all into the audience. There was a sense of family as many of the crowd surrounded Fike and sang along word for word to the many anthems presented.  The lineup remains as impressive as ever, with all musicians making glorious contributions to the staggering overall presentation.

The messages It Prevails offers through the songs are crucial and timely, with Fike and company delivering it all with an urgency and sincerity that many other hardcore bands simply lack these days. It is extremely puzzling that this band isn’t selling out bigger venues, but those in the know definitely understand and can appreciate what It Prevails has to offer.   Quite simply, an It Prevails show is an empowering event – one that can make you want to take on the world.

A fantastic way to end an evening of hardcore and metal in Canoga Park, brought to you by the folks at twoHEARTS Promotions.

(Review by Kenneth Morton)

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