The New Varsity, The Glass House, January 10, 2015
It was time to kick off the New Year at The Glass House in Pomona, California, and what better way to commence into 2015 than with a show filled with local talent? Headlined by Assuming We Survive and featuring top caliber sets from Cromwell, Dose of Adolescence, and The New Varsity, it was exhilarating to see the place packed to the rafters to support the very best of what our local Southern California music scene has to offer. Even in spite of the rain and a surprise show from The Foo Fighters across town at The Forum, nothing was going to keep the crowds from supporting these wonderful bands at The Glass House on a wet and wild Pomona Saturday night .
Opening the show was The New Varsity from down the road in Claremont, who delivered their own lively brand of pop-punk in the grand tradition of New Found Glory and Jimmy Eat World. One of the winners of the Ernie Ball Battle of Bands last year, The New Varsity found themselves at the Vans Warped Tour in Ventura, claiming their prize and gaining a good amount of fans in the process.
The stage at The Glass House is considerable larger than what they played on at Warped, and The New Varsity definitely made the most of not being confined to one single area. Their wildly infectious songs filled The Glass House, and many in the audience were smiling and singing along to the pop rocking anthems The New Varsity had to offer. From the opening dynamics of Not What You’d Thought I’d Be, The New Varsity kept the room captivated with their spirited melodies.
In addition to performing selections from their current self-released endeavor Running Out Of Time, The New Varsity find themselves looking well ahead to the future, and delivering two brand new songs in the set. Waiting Room and The Last Day Of November were very well received, and should be available on a brand new EP sometime this year.
The membership of The New Varsity displays a good deal of talent and resourcefulness. Lead vocalist and guitarist Kyle Feyk-Miney compares exceptionally well to the classic front men of the pop punk genre. Lead guitarist and backing vocalist Eric Putnam colors in the songs with both his vibrant guitar playing and wondrously spirited performance. The rhythm section launches the material into orbit, featuring the talents of Diante’ Thomas on bass and Taz Reeves on drums.
Pop punk is very much alive and well – especially if exceptional up-and-coming bands such as The New Varsity have anything to say about it. Expect 2015 to be a breakthrough year for The New Varsity! And if you are a fan of the pop punk genre or just overall songs that joyously remain in your head for ages, be sure seek enrollment within the auditory ranks of The New Varsity.
Not What You Thought I’d Be
When It’s Over
The Last Day of November
You’re No Silver Lining
I Can’t See You Anymore
To Play Us Out
(Review by Ken Morton – Photos by Jack Lue)