JAMIE’S ELSEWHERE, LIFE ON REPEAT, DIVIDED BY FRIDAY, PARTY AT HER PLACE!, Cobalt Café, March 27, 2011
Just barely arrived back from the wilds of Extreme Thing in Las Vegas, and what does the Highwire Daze Editor decide to do? Go out to see even more live shows of course, because there is no rest for the semi-wicked.
And with the bands sharing the bill on the I Can’t Believe It’s Not But-tour at the Cobalt Café, it would certainly be an evening not to be missed.
The lineup consisted of three up and coming touring acts as well as a promising local band, livening up the Canoga Park venue on a Sunday night. Presented by the folks at Twohearts Promotions, here is what commenced…
First up was Party At Her Place! from the Antelope Valley – a special guest on the bill who really got the early arrivers moving and shaking. Decidedly different than the rest of the acts on the bill, the Party dudes nevertheless had the room swaying to their super infectious brand of electronic pop. Having a lot in common with bands such as 3Oh!3 and Brokencyde, what really works wonders for Party At Here Place! Apart is their lively songs and energetic stage presence. Tunage such as Hustling Hollywood, Elevated, and Take On The World are sure to garner the trio a good deal of attention. David Bowles (formerly of local hardcore favorite Shipshape and Bristol Fashion) and Justin Mulvaney share the vocals and programming duties, and are both charismatic – working exceeding well together. And although there are keyboard beats, drummer Ryan Brito brings it all home with a muscular performance that really sends the material into overdrive. Bands with this sound are becoming all the rage, so expect Party At Her Place! to be livening up shindigs all across the nation in no time at all. Their debut EP Elevated is now available from Gas Can Records.
Next up was Divided By Friday from Greensboro, NC, who instantly filled up the room with their wondrous power pop anthems. It was great to see so many people out for a band on a Sunday night, including various reps from their label Hopeless Records. Divided By Friday played with a dazzling sense of enthusiasm, belting out crowd favorites such as Nothing Like Today and Make It Out. They even played a new song entitled Lost In Limbo, which will be featured on the new Take Action Compilation. Consisting of lead vocalist and guitarist Jose Villanueva, guitarist and vocalist Matt Morgan, drummer Al German, and bassist Drew Howard, Divided By Friday presented a solid star making set. We certainly won’t be seeing this band playing the smaller venues too much longer, judging by what was witnessed by the nearly packed room. The Constant EP is the name of their Hopeless Records debut and it’s well worth checking into. Fans of All Time Low and The Higher just may encounter a new favorite when hearing what Divided By Friday has to offer. The only thing that would have made their set even more tremendous would have been if they unleashed their magical Nat King Cole cover L O V E – the studio version which may be heard on the Love Is Hopeless compilation. Just a wishful suggestion…
Another promising band on the horizon is Life On Repeat from Salisbury, MD, who has been on the road constantly in support of their As I Grew EP from Equal Vision. With shades of melodic rock favorites such as Jimmy Eat World and The Ataris, Life On Repeat possesses a strong knack for memorable songs and effective live shows. Opening their set with the slammin’ Southern Girls, Life On Repeat performed with a good deal of passion and conviction. Other songs that stood out included The Waiting Game, Buzzkill, and Separation. Clearly ready to take on the big time, the gifted membership from Life In Repeat are Pat Purves on vocals, Zach King and Andrew Baylis on dueling guitars, Devon Voisine on bass and David Walker on drums. Expect a full length from Life On Repeat sometime this summer – in the meantime be sure to them the next time they show up in your town. Highly recommended!
Headlining the evening was Jamie’s Elsewhere from Sacramento, CA – proving once again why they are one of the most scandalously underrated bands on the planet. Performing a fiery brand of pop metal that nearly blew the roof off the Cobalt, those who stayed until the grand finale were treated to a heavy hitting show. Performing songs from the recent They Said There’s A Storm Coming release (available on Victory Records), the crowd moshed it up and sang along to many of the wildly catchy choruses. Especially effective was their versatile front man Aaron Pauley, who has developed tremendously as a performer since his early days with Audrey Is A Narcissist. Whether it’s all out impassioned screams or heartfelt clean vocals, Pauley deliver the goods with an imagination and flair. Also notable is Mike Spearman’s keyboard work, weaving its magic throughout the impressive songs. Matt Scarpelli and Mike Wellnitz unleash a devastating wall of sound on guitars while bassist Chance Medeiros and drummer Scott Daby slam it all home as the tremendous tight rhythm section! Always on the road, Jamie’s Elsewhere can always be counted on to give their audience a memorable performance. While fame for the band may be elsewhere for now, there is little doubt that perseverance and hard work will eventually pay off for this tremendous collective. See for yourself the next time Jamie’s Elsewhere bring the sweet tunes and solid vibes into your neck of the woods.
(Review and Photos by Kenneth Morton)