This Wild Life, Peace Mercutio, and Shoreline Drive At El Corazon Lounge 10/17
Last week, California acoustic breakout This Wild Life brought their headlining tour in to Seattle’s El Corazon Lounge. The band came in to pick up Peace Mercutio for the rest of their PNW dates, and brought in local band Shoreline Drive to round out the night. Fans at this year’s Emery show will recognize these three names, as all three artists shared the El Corazon main stage earlier for The Weak’s End 10th Anniversary Tour.
When Shoreline Drive took the stage at 8PM, the tiny lounge was already packed full. This Seattle band and Revival Records artist is a tight quartet, performing admirably and demonstrating a matured live performance since I saw them last (Heart Attack Tour openers, I believe). Known for energetic, skillful pop punk and full harmonies, this young group wowed the crowd with frontman Devin Damitio and bassist Levi Goode trading complex vocal leads. Drummer Skylar Faucett and guitarist Rosh Siefken brought the rest of the band’s quick, punchy sound. We’ve said it before about them, but they’re definitely a band to watch. Check out ‘Icelander’ below:
Our friends in Peace Mercutio took the stage next, led by singing guitarists Andy Lundman and Dan Buckley. Pushing their EP You Vs. The World, the band slipped through a handful of familiar favorites, including ‘So Desperate’, ‘Credit Card’, and the phenomenal cover of ‘Say Something’ that is sitting pretty on YouTube with just over 17,000 views. The band is filled out by drummer Taylor Jurgens and bassist Sam Martinez, lending their instruments and voices for added depth in the band’s full, rich pop punk tendencies. Recently featured as one of Seattle’s leading pop rock/pop punk bands, Peace Mercutio represents four of Seattle’s favored rock sons.
This Wild Life closed out the night with their smooth, gorgeous acoustic croons. Given the runaway success of new album Clouded, this Long Beach duo filled the El Co lounge with devoted fans. Vocalist Kevin Jordan and backup vocalist/guitarist Anthony “Great Name” Del Grosso blew through select favorites off Clouded, including the heartbreaking ‘History’, mom tribute ‘No More Bad Days’, and the sweet ‘Better With You’. Older favorites came out as well: Heart Flip‘s ‘Puppy Love’, ‘Ripped Away’, and the haunting, gut-wrenching cover of Bring Me The Horizon’s ‘Sleepwalking’, up at nearly 5.2 million views on YouTube. With just two voices and two acoustics, This Wild Life manages to sound as massive and dynamic as their studio recordings. Slipping winning smiles and hilarious tour anecdotes in between songs, this Epitaph band is a pleasure to watch live, and made a sincere effort to meet every fan they could after the set. If your ears haven’t touched on This Wild Life, or if Clouded isn’t on your radar for top 10 albums this year, make it right on Spotify ASAP. Watch ‘Sleepwalking’ below: