The English Beat, Ease Up, Saint Rocke, March 27, 2015
Hermosa Beach was in a ska mood this evening with these two now local Los Angeles bands performing together. Ease Up is a four piece with a great young guitarist that flared up the bar with his fine licks between the reggae sound. Ease Up played an hour set of 9 songs. It was in the middle of their set when they did one of their best songs called All Outta Angst. They are young so they will have time to grow on you easily. They add a Latin style to their sound as well, setting themselves apart in a sound, so it’s all original. Other great songs in their set were: Cali-X, Play All Day, Undercover Lover and One of Those Days.
Dave Wakeling and his band mates of The English Beat then took over the entire stage. With 6 members they were filling in all the gaps. On lead guitar was Brian from the ska band that broke up a little while back Knock Out from the Riverside area. They played just under a two hour set, playing a grand total of 18 songs all together. Besides the great renditions of 50’s Tears Of A Clown and the classic Andy Williams classic Can’t Get Use To Losing You, they had the crowd in their hands dancing around and singing along to Too Nice To Talk Too, Rough Rider, I Confess, Save It For Later, Talk About Myself and many others. The English Beat also featured some new songs as well, and they received some positive feedback by doing so. Dave Wakeling and his band are currently in the studio finishing their upcoming album. Some of the new songs performed live at this show were The Love You Give Last Forever and New Sensation. What a great time everyone had! The concert was sold out and packed to the rafters. Watch for a record release soon and find The English Beat opening for The B-52’s this summer at the Orange County Fairgrounds.
(Interview and Photo by Jonathan D. Wright)