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Pensive CD Release @ DiPiazza’s (9/7/07)

by on Sep.12, 2007, under Music, Reviews

Written by Charles Stepczyk, syndicated Insomnia Radio SoCal Host
September, 10/2007

After being channeled through Long Beach’s 1932 Summer Olympics traffic circle, I must have mistakenly picked the turnoff for aquatic events, but gracelessly pulled myself out of the time warp, ending up at DiPiazza’s in Long Beach in time to check out the anticipated ‘Pensive’ CD Release Party #1 (the LA County edition).

‘Pensive’, a nationally known and quality four-piece rock band from San Diego, were releasing a new full length entitled ‘Artifacts’ on their LA CD release leg, the main purpose of my visit this evening. They happened to be one of many bands on a lineup catering to an all ages crowd. A few groups performing at DiPiazzas this evening: ‘The City Drive’, ‘Uh Oh! Explosion’, ‘Nextdoor’ and a local new wave stylized group, ‘Mighty 690’.

Apparently the DiPiazzas been doing business in the area for around twenty-something years, and have made quite a friendly and safe environment for all ages shows, which was perfect for the Friday night lineup at hand.

After a few brief yet extremely positive encounters with band members, the band & club management, I made my way to the bar for several quick rounds of the tasty Alaskan Amber, awaiting the forty minute ‘Pensive’ set to herald in the CD arrival. I did catch the tail end of ‘Uh Oh! Explosion’ who were firing up the crowd with their fan favorite ‘Balls’, which you may have heard a tease of on Los Angeles FM radio.

Pensive quickly took the stage following ‘Uh Oh’ around 9pm, with two new band members: Billy Formella the bassist, by way of Georgia, and Dave Thueson the drummer from Illinois. I must say despite the muddy washed-out tones from the venue sound system, the blistering set was greatly aided by these new players who took the focus off any sound imperfections. Dave Thueson was on cue with any major label drummer I’ve seen in the past, and was the perfect catalyst in driving the entire set, completely absorbed in the sound throughout the length of the performance. Billy Formella was also the perfect compliment to the adept playing and positive charisma radiating from Julio Godoy, playing off the crowd feedback and using it to the group’s advantage. Patrick Smith rounded out the crew on guitar, quietly concentrating on rounding out Pensive’s sound with surgical precision.

Diving into their catalog and providing a wicked batch of stellar intros, ‘Pensive’ played a few songs from their new CD, and ended with two of my favorites from ‘Artifacts’: ‘Live Fast’ and ‘Summer is Gone’, which really satiated everyone and whipped the crowd into a frenzy. A quick note regarding ‘Summer is Gone’; it will be out later on in video form according to the director who I met outside the venue following the show. I couldn’t be happier as I think it’s a great choice as their next video release after ‘Live Fast’.

All in all it was a positive trip to Long Beach, and a spirited performance worthy of a repeat, perhaps down in San Diego next time. I’d like to wish a quick happy birthday to Patrick the guitar player, as well as Sammy (a fan who was pulled up on stage). Dos kudos to the new merch girl as well!

Best Overheard Quote: “OMG, like… did you see his sparkly drumkit? The drummer was amazing”.

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