Stitched Up Heart w/ A Trigger Within and Darling | Spring U.S. Tour | Photos + Review

Stitched Up Heart Comes Home to Southern California

Venue: The Slidebar | 5/28/19

When Stitched Up Heart announced they were finally playing a show again in Southern California, I jumped on the opportunity to photograph them and finally see this band that I’ve been listening to for several years. When I went to go see them at the Whisky A Go-Go in 2017, the venue for the first time had to cancel a show due to them not being able to get the sound system up and running. So, when I found Stitched Up Heart was playing in Southern California again, I knew I just had to go. As the final date of an 8-week tour, they came through The Slidebar in Fullerton, CA to headline for the first time in California in almost 2 years, with local support from A Trigger Within and Darling. This show was a blast.

First up was Darling from Los Angeles, CA. Darling is an acoustic artist who also mixes in pop and rock. She and I met the first time at the whisky but actually seeing her showcase her talents was amazing. She has such an amazing voice and plays the acoustic guitar amazingly. She played 6 songs, which included her new single “Misery” as well as a cover of Bullet for My Valentine’s “Tears Don’t Fall”. She was joined on stage by Stitched Up Heart’s James Decker on drums and her husband and bassist of Stitched Up Heart Randy Mathias. She put on a breathtaking set and I cannot wait to see her again!

Next up was A Trigger Within from Los Angeles, CA. A Trigger Within came to The Slidebar to bring us some good ole Heavy Metal with an emphasis on symphonics and screaming anthems. Fronting the band is Jimmy Trigger, who commands the stage with a force. The rest of the band consists of bassist Eric Sinful, drummer Dylan Roy, and guitarists David Bruno and Tyler Morgan. The band played a powerful 7-song set, which consisted of new songs, as well as songs from their debut 2017 EP titled “I”. From just one listen to the band, you can hear just the melting pot of styles and inspirations this band has blended together to make powerful music. They are certainly enjoyable live, filled with a lot of energy. I cannot wait to hopefully see them again soon!

The final band up was none other than Stitched Up Heart, local to West Hollywood, CA. This band has been going since 2011 but didn’t release their debut album “Never Alone” until 2016 via Century Media Records. To my pleasant surprise, a majority of their 11-song set consisted of brand new songs most have not heard yet and only played 4 from “Never Alone”. It was so cool hearing the band’s new material and also being able to hear some fan favorite songs like “Finally Free” and “I Can’t Breathe”. The band consists of vocalist Alecia “Mixi” Demner, drummer and backup vocalist James Decker, bassist and backup vocalist Randy Mathias, and guitarists Merritt Goodwin and Jeremy Kohnmann. The band had so much energy on stage and even played around with me while I photographed them, constantly posing and jokingly covering my camera at times. I was so happy to finally see them and will certainly be making my way out again once they play Southern California again.

SETLIST

  1. This Skin (New Song)
  2. Warrior (New Song)
  3. Catch Me When I Fall
  4. Darkness (New Song)
  5. I Can’t Breathe
  6. Finally Free
  7. Lost (New Song)
  8. Dirty Secrets (New Song)
  9. Problems (New Song)
  10. City of Angels

ENCORE

  1. Crooked Halo

This was an amazing show from start to finish. I’m glad I was able to see Darling play her heart out. A Trigger Within was a great band to have for direct support, with dueling guitar solos and high energy. And finally being able to see Stitched Up Heart was exactly what I’ve wanted for over 2 years. Check out all of these amazing bands and artists.

Stitched Up Heart | A Trigger Within | Darling

Photos + Review courtesy of Jamie Kaufman | Instagram

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BoyMeetsWorld Deput Full Length Album “Become Someone” review

BoyMeetsWorld, a five-piece has been on the fast track forming in the summer of 2012. They have previously released their debut EP entitled, “Do What’s Best For You,” their Christmas Album entitled, “Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal”, and now their debut full length “Become Someone” June 16th, 2015 right before starting their summer of performances on Vans Warped Tour. “Become Someone” has a total of twelve tracks, number twelve being the bonus acoustic track.  In my opinion, the songs touch upon the situations, and or problems in a teen through young adult’s life. Those things being love, friendship, adventure and finding out the person you are meant to be. Track 2, “So In What?” not only has amazing riffs, it’s the perfect song to listen to if you’re in need of learning how to cope with a relationship ending.  Track 5, “Best You’ve Ever Had” is lyrically one of my favorites off of this album.  As for what I believe will be most impacting and meaningful, that would be Track 11, “Become Someone”. I highly suggest picking it up. Also, if Vans Warped Tour has not rolled through your town just yet, be sure to check set times and catch their set. – Christine

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BoyMeetsWorld | Become Someone Track Listing

Become Someone Album Tracklist:

1. Feel It In the Air

2. So In What?

3. Rest Of Our Days

4. Moving On

5. Best You’ve Ever Had

6. Where This Road Leads

7. You I Belong To

8. Interlude

9. Still I Think

10. All Or Nothing

11. Become Someone

12. So In What? (Acoustic Bonus Track)

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*NEW* Paradise Fears song ” When You Come Home”

BATTLE SCARS (ACOUSTIC)
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