Secrets, At Our Expense, An Ocean Wide, Digital Panic, Mayfair, White Oak Music & Arts, January 3, 2015
It was the commencement of a brand New Year, and San Diego-based outfit Secrets was doing a few one-off shows in Southern California. About to make their way into the studio to record a new album, Secrets headed out to White Oak Music & Arts in the San Fernando Valley to play an intimate yet raging performance. Prior to Secret’s headlining set, four promising local acts opened the show, leaving indelible impressions on all of the early arrivals. It the 3rd day of January, and 2015 was about to kick off in a thoroughly grand and exciting way!
First on the bill was Mayfair, making their way from behind the Orange Curtain to play a show in the SFV. Presenting a heavy duty set of pedal to the metalcore, Mayfair instantly gained the attention of the White Oak audience. Fans of acts such as A Day To Remember and Parkway Drive will surely discover a new favorite when hearing what Mayfair has to offer. Performing selections from their recent EP entitled Dressed In Black, tunes that really stood out including the stunning title cut, No Man’s Land, and Moving On. Mayfair even presented a new song Face Value, giving the White Oak a preview of what’s ahead for this dynamic band on the rise. The Mayfair roster of talent includes Neythan Castruita on vocals, Billy Sweet on guitar, Corey Garcia on guitar, Kevin Villeda on bass, and Alonso Chacon on drums. The show was definitely off to a lively start!
Mayfair on Facebook
Next up was Digital Panic making a journey from the Inland Empire to open for Secrets at the White Oak. The most striking aspect of this new band is the juxtaposition of the two lead vocalists. Eric Watkins has expressive clean vocals, delivering the lyrics with a sense of passion and conviction. Tori Riot Hernandez is the screamer in band, and what an absolutely ferocious performance she delivers. If the exhilarating lead performances were not enough, the Digital Panic musicianship was wondrously inspired and resourceful, featuring Michael Bullard on guitar, Hayden Baker on guitar, DJ Bittner on bass, and Nick Gutierrez filling in on drums. From the fiery strains of 50 Shades of Infidelity to the closing refrains of Your Savior is in Another Castle, Digital Panic displayed a force and ambition that should really take them places. It will be exciting to see and hear what the future has in store for this collective ready to rage into your world!
Digital Panic on Facebook
An Ocean Wide
The last time this reviewer saw An Ocean Wide, they were opening for The Word Alive at Rock City Studios out the desolate wilds of Camarillo, presenting an impressive set in front of a packed house. Hailing from nearby Thousand Oaks, An Ocean Wide voyaged into the White Oak, this time to open for Secrets – and judging by what was witnessed onstage – it won’t be long before An Ocean Wide is headlining their very own shows. Performing songs from their just released Self-Titled EP as well as other fan favorites, the charismatic An Ocean Wide definitely swept up the audience with top notch cuts such as Aspirations, Miles Within, and Seasons Change. An Ocean Wide consists of Chad Bowe on vocals, Chris Marsh on guitar, Zach Valladon on bass and vocals, and Weston Goldberg on drum. With sets as impressive and well received as what An Ocean Wide unleashed it at the White Oak, expect this band to sail their way towards a larger fan base in no time at all.
An Ocean Wide on Facebook
At Our Expense
In direct support of Secrets, At Our Expense proved yet again why they are one of the most underrated bands on the LA music scene today. Their latest EP I’m The One Who Changed shows a collective at the height of their passion and creativity, and At Our Expense delivers the goods tenfold within a live setting. Clean vocalist Angel Carmona has a voice that envelopes and intrigues, similar to Further Seems Forever and Dashboard Confessional. And then providing the perfect contrast is screamer Andy Argueta, unleashing an absolutely explosive performance. The musicianship of all involved is infinitely inspiring, courtesy of Danny Santamaria on guitar, Danny Lopez on guitar and vocals, Emory Mugalian on bass, and Michael Duffy on drums. Songs such as The Walls Around Me and In The Heart Of August leave a vivid impact on the listener along with the impassioned “I know you’re out there” chorus in Embers, which packs a wildly emotional punch. At Our Expense plan on recording new songs within the next few months, and if they are anything like what’s heard on I’m The One Who Changed, expect to thoroughly enraptured!
At Our Expense on Facebook
And then needless to say, Secrets tore the roof off the White Oak! What a treat it was for the fans to see Secrets at such a small venue. The room was jumping and everyone was singing along with fans favorites culled from their first two Velocity / Rise Records releases. All this, and the first 100 people received an exclusive goodie bag from the band. Yup, YOU should have been there! Presented by John McCrary and TwoHearts Concerts!
(Review by Ken Morton – Photos by Jack Lue and Talia Farber)