Long Since Forgotten, Fire
When Ready Review
EAST MEETS WEST OVER COFFEE
by P.T. ROTHSCHILD
Before the 'Berlin Wall' fell in '89, pulled down by rock 'n' rollers,
(YEAH!), this headline would have been big news for the world. Now this
headline is BIG news for Trendy Temec(ula, CA) as Madlin's Coffee House
in conjunction with Full Value Entertainment, moved to solidify their
venue as the place to experience new music and visiting rockers. This
time out Madlin's and FVE pulled out all the stops in bringing two New
York bands, Fire When Ready and Long Since Forgotten to gig with Temecula
Valley locals, Bobby Breakdown and Keenwild.
The combination together served up a one-two musical punch that had
the near capacity all ages Friday night crowd all fired up.
Bobby Breakdown thrilled all their loyal fans and high school friends
and opened the cross coast show. Having warmed up the crowd sufficiently,
Fire When Ready (www.firewhenready.com) turned up the heat. FWR's frenzied
and frantic stage antics showed a style ready made for a music video
and added rather than subtract from their fresh East Coast style of
power pop. An octogenarian named Herb was overheard saying "Wow,
these boys recalibrated my pacemaker. Look out tonight, Martha."
Part of the reason for this exuberance was revealed after a particularly
rhythmic song thrashing of 'Shedding Me Up' when the lead singer testified
that he loved being out here in Hollywood. The fact that he was two
hours away from it shows you the mystic all Southern California has
on those fresh off 'the boat'. The look on his face told you that he
and the band had fled from the winter weather of the East Coast. Who
said they'd never escape?
From the better side of the tracks according to FWR were friends and
tourmates from up state NY, Long Since Forgotten. They presented an
older (early 20's) more mature East Coast alternative rock sound. Dressed
Bohemian retro, both bands blew the faces off Madlin's thirsty crowd
and rattled the teeth of the dentist next door. Whether raw and intense
or smoothly sophisticated, neither band lagged on talent. And as your
Granny would have said, listening without her hearing aid, these are
all such 'nice young men.'
Rounding out the evening's entertainment to its fullest value was the
performance by Keenwild. As a local/regional purveyor of live music,
be it Blues, Folk, or Funk, I've watched this talented duo who recently
celebrated their nuptials, grow in musical ability. As one would watch
a seed grow, flower and bud, so this duo has begun to flower. A new
addition to the grunge pop sound, adding more snap to the crackle, was
the keyboard syncopated drum beat. Though very welcome in broadening
their song patterns by giving them a toe tapping down beat, I knew it
was only a matter of time before the self producing evolving duo included
it in their act. They delighted the hometown crowd and included the
Australian hit downloads (music.keenwild.com) 'Green Paper' and 'Mr.
The all ages free rock alternative coffee house shows resume this Saturday
(4/3/04) as KEENWILD opens for a grip of young bands, all appearing
at Madlin's Coffee House. Be There or Be Decaffeinated!