June 17th, 2012, 8:10 pm · · posted by GUEST
Local alternative rock outfit, Ceasefire celebrated the release of its debut EP, This Love, on Saturday night at the House of Blues in Anaheim along with friends, family, fans and four other local bands.
The night got off to a slow start, due in part to electronic-experimental trio Theory by Sound. The group’s set consisted mostly of instrumental material, but it seemed that the band focused too much on the experimental portion of its music while writing and forgot to include some song structure. A very evident lack of drums, along with the genre of music Theory by Sound identifies itself with, made the trio seem a little out of place while mixed in with the remaining acts.
Whether it was the change of band, the catchy melodies or the energetic performance on stage, five-piece rock outfit Forgiving Yesterday managed to turn the night around and really kick-start the evening. Amherst Aisle followed with another solid set and generated an all around feel-good vibe throughout the venue.
Mission Viejo rock band Keepers of the Sun was the final act before the headliner took the stage. The group’s female lead commanded the stage with her quirky dance moves and powerful vocals. Despite a thinned out crowd, the band kept on keeping on. Soon after it had started its set, the audience was slowly lured back into the room. Not even sound and technical difficulties deterred the quartet away from giving one of the best performances of the evening.
Ceasefire came on stage to find a rock and party hungry crowd. The group, obviously sensing the energy from the audience, fed upon the positive vibes. Vocalist Ray Alexander paraded back and forth on stage without tripping up one note. He interacted vividly with the crowd and held a confident frontman demeanor throughout the set.
Though Alexander did not play an instrument while performing, he seemed comfortable and at ease throughout his time on stage and held the poise and presence of a seasoned musician. The audience sang and swayed along to the music, and, at times, raised their arms above their heads and waved them along to the beat of the music. The energy in the room escalated when beach balls were released into the audience mid-set.
Crowd goers became even more exhilarated when the rock quartet played its latest single, “This Love Will Tear Us Apart,” which has been featured on KROQ’s Locals Only playlist. The track boasts a slightly ominous feel, but definitely manages to create a catchy melody that was enjoyed by just about everyone in the room. Never falling short of the energy level it displayed when it first hit the stage, Ceasefire ended the evening on a high note.
Article by Cassie Rossel, for OrangeCounty.com. Photos by Alexander Avina, for OrangeCounty.com.
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