The Movielife played BK Bazaar (review) & Amityville Music Hall (pics)
Long Island melodic hardcore greats The Movielife have been reunited for a bit now, and this September they'll release their first album in 14 years on Rise Records. Ahead of its release, the band played a few intimate shows last week, including one in Brooklyn at BK Bazaar on Friday (5/5) and a Long Island show at Amityville Music Hall on Sunday (5/7). I caught the Brooklyn show, and pictures of the LI show are in the gallery above (including openers The Flatliners and MakeWar).
Despite the new album coming, The Movielife kept these shows to classics (not even playing the new song they put out last year). No complaints there, though. Assuming we'll get more shows once the new album drops, it was a treat to hear a set with old favorites from start to finish. The Bazaar was more packed than I'd ever seen it on Friday, and the whole show was non-stop moshing, stage diving, yelling along. All these years later, and Vinnie Caruana is still a hardcore kid at heart, performing like he's in a beer-drenched basement or an Elks lodge, and welcoming the eager crowd with smiles the whole time (The Movielife also still refuse to do actual encores). At these shows, the band had Matt Fazzi (who was in Taking Back Sunday in the New Again era, then A Great Big Pile of Leaves, and now plays in Rare Futures) filling in on bass.
In related news, Movielife guitarist Brandon Reilly (who also fronts Nightmare of You) has been focusing on his solo career and he plans to release his debut solo EP soon. He recently met his goal for it on PledgeMusic. You can pre-order (and learn more info) here.
The Movielife at Brooklyn Bazaar - 5/5/17 Setlist
Walking on Glass
I Hope You Die Soon
10 Seconds Too Late
Face or Kneecaps
Once in a Row
This Time Next Year
Single White Female
Takin' It Out and Choppin' It Up
Ship to Shore
photos by Stephanie Augello