Review: The SoCal Pop Punk Coalition Presents WINTER FEST

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Flyer used with permission from The SoCal Pop Punk Coalition

Winter Fest was nothing short of successful. The SoCal Pop Punk Coalition brought out over 200 attendees to the city of Perris, California to enjoy local music from 15 bands and to have a great time.

The event started promptly at 1:00 p.m. and lasted throughout the afternoon. This was the first time the coalition put on a festival, or any show for that matter. As anticipated, the event had its own setbacks, but it was nothing the coalition could not bounce back from with a little hard work and D.I.Y. ethic.

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“When I created the SoCal Pop Punk Coalition, I had no idea that it would have grown the way it has and in the direction that it has gone… I’m stoked that this group has stayed true to what was intended,” said Collin Marchese, creator of the SoCal Pop Punk Coalition and vocalist of Graveler (ex-Go For Gold).

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The event had two “stages.” The first was where the full bands would set up and play. The other stage was a bonfire where acoustic acts could serenade their fans. Unfortunately, the bonfire stage had to be taken down later on, but show did not slow down. Bands set up merch tables in between these two stages. In addition to the catchy music and intimate setting, a taco truck came to serve hungry attendants around 5:30 p.m.

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“Although Perris is far from pretty much everything, the actual layout was really cool…The tacos were an absolute hit! I think the tacos are a big reason why people stayed at the venue all day,” adds Marchese

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Although the event was a huge success, it did have its setbacks. Luckily, the coalition rose to the challenges with its talented staff. Trenton Hall was definitely “the real MVP” of the event.

“Having Trenton on board was definitely a major strength for us. We had some issues with some sound equipment during the set up, and I’m grateful to have a partner like Trenton navigating us through those things. Trenton isn’t a guy who is just going to let bands plug in and play. He takes a tremendous amount of pride in his work and it really showed out there,” says Joshua Suchánek, media and promotions coordinator of the SoCal Pop Punk Coalition.

“I met Trenton in college and he has always been that guy you know is going to do something big in life… Trenton is super professional, knows the ‘in’s and out’s’ of live sound, and has a pretty impressive background in live events. Plus, he has done sound for us before and it’s always perfect. We could not have done this without Trenton, I wouldn’t event attempt it,” adds Marchese

The event lasted until the early hours of the evening, allowing attendants to arrive home at a reasonable time and also presented the opportunity to see the other local gigs happening that same night.

“Honestly, I think I can speak for Collin and Trenton when I say that it went better than we planned. It’s really difficult to organize even getting 3 or 4 bands to come together and play a show, so organizing 15 bands was something else entirely,” said Suchánek

This festival was a first attempt for the SoCal Pop Punk Coalition. The coalition plans, and has confirmed, on doing another festival soon in the spring. The next festival is expected to be at the same venue.

Seasons Change: The Band You Need to Listen To

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Seasons Change (used with permission from the band)

 

With the recent wave of pop punk music hitting the mainstream, teenagers and young adults alike are trying to form pop punk bands of their own. There are a plethora of young and hopeful newcomers all across the country; however, one band from California has been able to stand out from the rest and go against the grain. That band is Seasons Change.

Seasons Change is a pop punk band from Pico Rivera, California, that has recently signed to No Sleep Records. Yes, this local band has done what many bands hope to one day accomplish, which is to sign to a record label. This poses the question of how Seasons Change amount to their success.

Seasons Change went through a few lineup changes in their first year of existence. It wasn’t until a show with the band Major League did the band settle on the lineup that they have today. After Major League saw Seasons Change live and noted their work ethic, word quickly spread about the band.

“We owe a lot to Pomona and the Inland Empire. Every time we came to play in Fontana, Rialto, and Rancho Cucamonga, kids at these shows would show us mad love and support. Andrew Glover (bassist of Winds of Plague) noticed us from these shows and wanted to record an EP with us. Andrew eventually became our manager,” says guitarist Johnny Ozeta.

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Johnny Ozeta, guitarist of Seasons Change (used with permission from Krystina Alfonso photography)

Seasons Change’s “Nothing and Everything” record release show

“We worked with him to produce ‘Nothing and Everything.’ We had a record release show for the EP at Aladdin Jr’s in Pomona. We had such a positive crowd response and turnout that Nate of Xibalba wanted to be our booking agent. We owe a lot to both Nate and Andrew,” adds Ozeta.

After the record release show, Seasons Change started booking tours D.I.Y style. Shortly after touring and some more self-promotion, the band’s manager received a call from No Sleep Records. The rest is history.

The band has received critical acclaim since their signing. Seasons Change has received the opportunity to perform with some of their favorite acts including: Handguns, Stickup Kid and Forever Came Calling.

“These kids are in it for the real reason. They are in it for the music, not for some trendy tumblr act,” said Major League guitarist Brian Anthony Joyce at Major League’s headline show at Chain Reaction this past March.

The reason Season Change got offered a record deal is because every member in the band is a passionate and hard working individual. The band has always gone out of their way to promote and network at local showcase. Even after signing to No Sleep Records, the band can still be found forging new friendship at local shows.

The band recently wrapped up touring on the “Death to False Music Tour.” Seasons Change is set to do a string of dates with Turnstile, Superheaven and Take Offense.

Artist Spotlight: The Bear Season

The Bear Season is an easycore sextet hailing from Montevideo, Uruguay. The band formed in 2010, a year many easycore fans agree was the peak of the genre.

The band’s sound pulls influence from similar bands of the genre including: A Day to Remember, Four Year Strong and Chunk! No Captain Chunk!

Although the band is heavily influenced by the easycore genre, the band draws influence from other genres of rock as well. The band covered Say Anything’s “Woe” back in 2012.

“Woe” is softer material compared to what the band is known for playing. This goes to show the diverse background of The Bear Season.

In addition to the hard hitting, synthesizer driven easycore music the band is known for, The Bear Season makes catchy and beautifully written acoustic music, demonstrated in their single “This Is Not A Test.”

With the plethora of covers the band has made their own, as well as their catchy originals, The Bear Season proves the easycore scene is alive and well in Uruguay. The band has been quite for the majority of 2014, but fans are hopefully The Bear Season will pick up with new music soon.