Saturday, July 20, 2013


The Material
The Material are (L-R): Roi Elam (guitar), Jordan Meckley (bass), Colleen D'Agostino (vocals), Kevin PIntado (drums) and Jon Moreaux (guitar)
photos by picksysticks 
The Material, from Southern California, were one of the highlights at this year's Vans Warped Tour in Pomona last month beating out thousands of bands to get a spot on the Ernie Ball stage.  So when they performed at The Roxy last month, I had to check them out again. 

Their electric performance I remembered at Warped Tour was magnified tenfold under the lights of the famed Roxy on Sunset, inside a darkened theater where their songs were meant to be heard not outside under the palm trees where their power-rock sounds could hitch a ride and float away on top soft, billowy clouds.  It was meant for darkened and sweaty rooms, laser cut by spotlights of every color; caged inside with nowhere to go but through everyone in the room. 
The Material's  Colleen D'Agostino
Colleen D'Agostino of The Material
photo by picksysticks
The Material, consisting of lead singer  Colleen D'Agostino (Vocals), Jon Moreaux (Guitar), Roi Elam (Guitar), Kevin Pintado (Drums) and Jordan Meckley (Bass) have recently released Everything I Want To Say, a non-stop attack on all the senses and with Colleen's rose-petalled vocals lined with the sharp-thorned guitars and precise drumming, their set this night was a sweet, sonic balance that draws you into their beautifully arranged melodies, but carefully warns you  not to step too close to the dangers of the  cliff's edge.  

The Material's Jon Moreaux and Colleen D'Agostino
The Material's Jon Moreaux and Colleen D'Agostino
They burst onto the stage with "Born to Make a Sound,” a song which could be very well their  mantra as a band.  "Take control, you know it's all in your hands...I won't give up, even when I'm falling down, I’m striving up to fight back," Colleen opens their set singing before defiantly proclaiming "I know I was born, born to make a sound." 

In fact, all their songs follow themes of overcoming obstacles in pursuit of your dreams.  From "Running Away's,"  "I just realize this world's not gonna wait for me," to  "...remember when you said that I will never fly, you clipped my wings but watch we try," in "Tonight I'm Letting Go,” The Material's powerful and raw lyrics echoes a band that want to prove they're up for the challenge and that nothing is going to stop them from achieving their goals. 

But not everything is a fight and struggle, proved by their power-ballads "Let You Down" off 2011's What We Are and  "Bottles," one that drips with sensual energy, swelling with a sense of urgency at the darkness of someone in need and the help offered to live for another day.  

They ended with "Life Vest" an arena-ready, rock anthem that makes you forget you’re watching The Material in the 500 capacity venue and not a stadium like The Staples Center which holds thousands.  
The Material
The Material are currently on tour supporting their new album "Everything I Want To Say."
photos by picksysticks
The darlings of the indie music scene, The Material has found themselves on many influential lists like Purevolume's Top 20 Unsigned Bands and have been featured in Alternative Press Magazine, MTV, Music Connection and MF Magazine.  And with their latest album Everything I Want to Say released in April, 2013 is looking to be a breakout year for this So-Cal band.

The Material are currently on tour with Red Jumpsuit Apparatus for their August dates, returning to Southern California with shows at Pomona's Glass House on August 17th and then the next day where they return to the scene of the crime at The Roxy.

You can purchase the album on iTunes here:
"Life Vest" official music video by The Material