[A Postcard from LA] Vinnie Caruana at Los Globos

Vinnie Caruana - Los Angeles, July 2016 © Gaëlle Pitrel // www.plugin-mag.com
Vinnie Caruana – Los Angeles, July 2016 © Gaëlle Pitrel // www.plugin-mag.com
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If you still don’t know about New York’s finest Vinnie Caruana, I only have one question for you: Where have you been? The guy has fronted The Movielife, I Am The Avalanche, Peace’d Out AND has his own solo career. Every night when you get to see this man perform is a great one and of course this one didn’t break the rule.
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      The evening started with Malcolm Williams’ acoustic project Family Thief : a series of honest, raw songs – just a voice, a guitar (or a ukulele!) and some jokes. It was enough to grab the crowd’s attention, which seemed to look forward to many more Family Thief shows, now that he’s moved to Los Angeles.
Then came Hideouts from Huntington Beach, for their first LA show in a while. The band that lists Paramore, Pierce The Veil and Bayside as their (varied!) influences offered a high energy performance, although pretty different from the rest of bill.
Time for the headliner: Vinnie Caruana is performing with a full backing band on this tour (including Roger Camero – of No Motiv and Peace’d Out fame) and singing songs from his new record ‘Survivor’s Guilt’ as well as from his other projects. One thing’s for sure: despite apparently not getting any sleep the previous night, Caruana did not feel under the weather that night, discussing his idea of the perfect sandwich, being engaged and throwing out the idea of moving to the west coast someday. The very chatty singer basically kept the bangers coming, blowing everyone’s mind with recent songs like Angel Of The North or Survivor’s Guilt as well as classics such as I Am The Avalanche‘s Brooklyn Dodgers, getting everyone to sing along. I’d like to give a special mention to the outstanding Your Religion Is Killing Me, a heavy 90% instrumental tune that I wasn’t expecting to hear live anytime soon.
The good vibes were flowing that night at Los Globos, with everyone looking genuinely happy to be here.
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Shout out to these evenings when nobody’s too cool for school or too jaded for heartfelt music.

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Words and Photos : Gaëlle Pitrel 

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