Yanna’s Review of Halfway to Hollywood, Acoustic Set


On Sunday, May 19, I was given the honour of having Halfway To Hollywood play at my house as the last stop on their Party Like It’s Prom Night tour.

Halfway To Hollywood is a pop-punk band from Vancouver, BC consisting of Grant Walker on lead vocals and guitar, Brenden White on backup vocals and bass, and Roman Zugarazo on drums! Their newest EP, Party Like It’s Prom Night, was released March 1, 2012 and is available on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/party-like-its-prom-night-ep/id606210069

With my friends and family waiting, Grant, Brenden, and Roman showed up with two guitars, a Cajon box drum and the life of the party! After about an hour of hanging out, talking and lots of eating, the band started their acoustic set.

Their set list held ten songs and included (in order or performance):

1. Green Lights

2. Party Like It’s Prom Night

3. To Yesterday

4. Still Waiting

5. Breakdown

6. Unbelievable

7. C’mon (Ke$ha cover)

8. Last September

9. Somebody To Someone

10. Speechless

Though it wasn’t the ideal place for a concert, they did what they could with their surroundings and it turned out wonderfully. The intimacy of a small venue created a closer feel for both the audience and the members, different from a regular venue.

Aside from a few interruptions from my dogs, their set was amazing. They sounded clear, confident and like they knew exactly what they were doing. Kris Salazar, a fan and attendee, said to me after the show, “Their performance was great! Acoustic sets really bring out the raw talent that sometimes gets distorted by electric instruments, although Halfway To Hollywood are amazing at both counts.”

They played all their songs off their EP as well as their older, not as well-known songs and even a Ke$ha cover! Though Grant and Brenden said they only played “C’mon” live once before, it was still exceptional. When they told us they were going to perform “Somebody To Someone”, I almost burst with joy! That song means a lot to me and I’m proud to say that it was the song that first got me interested in the band.

You can watch them perform, “Somebody To Someone,” here:

Halfway To Hollywood was very professional during the entire show yet they made jokes like renaming the band to “Brenden and The Rest” and told stories, altogether keeping the whole thing casual and relaxed. While performing, the three of them kept the crowd engaged, leading them to sing or clap along. The crowd, in turn, would start some arm waving that the band was eager to pick up!. They kept the mood light and happy even when a few of their songs had a darker and more meaningful history. There was never a dull moment with these guys playing!

This show was my first live acoustic performance so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Halfway To Hollywood is, in my opinion, a band you have to see live sometime in your life! Their sound, presence, showmanship and relationship with one another created an outstanding overall performance. Many of the people that attended said they would definitely see them live again and that they couldn’t wait for the next show!

You can find more information about the band below. There are also links to my tumblr and Youtube channel for more pictures and videos from the concert.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HalfwayToHollywood

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HalfwaytoHolly

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/halfwaytoholly?feature=watch

Pictures from the show: http://singforme.tumblr.com/post/50893676363/today-halfway-to-hollywood-did-a-private-concert

Videos: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-vYLzDOYjS_elvB9xI7wDg

-Aurianna Brien- Canadian Beats

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