Fullerton-based rock band Lit is back and releasing a new album, The View from the Bottom, on June 19. To celebrate its first release in nearly eight years, the band is throwing a CD release party at House of Blues Anaheim on Saturday, June 23.
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For a second year in a row, Placentia rock act We Are the Arsenal was pushed through to the final round of the OC Music Awards‘ best live band showcase series, and by means that signifies the most: the fan vote.
Though WATA lost out again, this year to 2011 best new artist Railroad to Alaska, the quartet is still proud and grateful for the local support. I caught up with the quartet a couple weeks ago at their rehearsal space in Fullerton the night before the finals at Samueli Theater in Costa Mesa. Vocalist and guitarist Ryan Terrigno, drummer Kris Dufour, bassist Alan Bauer and new lead guitarist Caleb Blacksher were busy prepping for the competition, but they weren’t nervous, Terrigno said – just “very excited.”
“It’s pretty cool for us,” he added about being nominated. “Being an Orange County band, we take a lot of pride in that, especially being an Orange County rock band. A lot of great rock bands have come out of Orange County – Social Distortion, No Doubt, Offspring, tons of others – so we take a lot of pride in kind of following in their footsteps and hope to one day leave Orange County.
“But we’re very proud to be here and the OC Music Awards is a really cool event for (local) bands. It’s a lot of exposure and it’s really cool that KROQ gets involved.”
WATA just dropped a new album, January’s Surveillance, at a pivotal point in the group’s career. But with Blacksher on board – he moved here from Missouri to join the band last August – Terrigno says it feels like their musical puzzle is finally complete.
The quintet was up against We Are the Arsenal, Slime Kings, Midnight Hour and Robert John and the Wreck. Railroad to Alaska will go on to perform at the 11th Annual OC Music Awards on March 3 at City National Grove of Anaheim, receive a four-day recording session at Red Bull Studios, a full Ernie Ball endorsement and a tour pack filled with Ernie Ball strings and accessories, as well as a performance slot on four of the Vans Warped Tour dates this summer.
The next showcase, for best live acoustic, featuring Kacie Yoshida, Button Willow Locomotive, I Hate You Just Kidding, Skee and Honeypie will take place at 7 p.m. at Malone’s, 604 E. Dyer Road, Santa Ana. The showcase series will continue every Tuesday night through Feb. 14. For a full schedule of upcoming showcases, go to ocmusicawards.com.
Showcase series finals have also been announced with best live acoustic happening on Feb. 22 at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano and best live band on Feb. 24 at Samueli Theater in Costa Mesa. Artists moving into the finals will be announced on Feb. 15.
The showcases are happening every Tuesday night in different local venues through Feb. 14, with the two final showcases happening Feb. 24 and 25 at yet-to-be announced locations. For a complete listing of showcases, go to ocmusicawards.com.