The L.A.-based band Le Reverie officially celebrated the release of their Dark Symphony disc at the Viper Room in West Hollywood, California on August, 30. The special live Official Dark Symphony CD Release Show kicked off at approximately 11:20 p.m. Le Reverie’s roster for the evening included: Allie Jorgen (lead vocals and songwriting), Roc (drums and songwriting), guest guitarist Alexy Yeahikian in for Jeff Mallow, Daniele DeCario (bass ) who also played keyboard in place of the artist known as The Mysterious OG who was still mysteriously missing somewhere in Europe.
As regular readers may recall your usually reclusive writer made a New Year’s Resolution to crawl out from under his laptop and venture out into the real world at least once a month. While additional employment is presently an issue, your rather reclusive writer simply could not miss a chance to see this rockin’ band in such a famous venue especially after songstress Jorgen made it clear she didn’t care about another article she just wanted yours truly to show up and have a good time. (Gotta love that attitude from an up-and-coming band, don’tcha?)
Of course, this was yet another reason yours truly had to show as that thoughtfulness deserves recognition. Don’t expect any song-by-song analysis though because your randy writer decided to actually enjoy the band’s rockin’ live show. Your rascally reviewer arrived uncharacteristically early (when it come to L.A. gigs anyway) and awaited the arrival of his fab femme photog for the evening Suzanne Garner whose charming company turned out to be more enjoyable than the opening acts.) That was just as well since the focus of this piece was meant to be on the great Goth band le Reverie and the enjoyable experience provided by the group’s performance.
Upon entering the club it became immediately apparent that one of the most interesting aspects of the barstool-free nightspot venue was it was the site of the untimely death of River Phoenix. In fact, Le Reverie was there to play their personal brand of dark Goth rock exactly two months short of the 20th anniversary of Phoenix’s fall. (Note to current owner Mr. Pink Taco, Johnny Depp screwed you, dude. You shouldn’t have let him take all the barstools with him. If folks want to stand and hear bands play they can do it cheaper in Pomona at The Glass House.)
As is often the case, the attending audience was mainly a group of “twenty-somethings” which was no surprise. You really have to still be living at home with Mom and Dad to be able to afford to get drunk here. They were a mixed group of different races, genders, sexual preferences and overall appearances.
There were some guys in cheap t-shirts and short girls in short skirts. There were skinheads and pinheads, potheads and pudheads. (It even appeared as if someone performing must have invited his parents too and they stuck out more than your crusty chronicler’s trademark chapeau.)
While waiting for Le Reverie to take the stage your rascally writer and sexy sidekick Suzanne were exposed to a couple of other acts that while not totally without merit, shall remain unnamed because for once your favorite shy white-boy shut-in was simply trying to take the lovely Jorgen’s advice and enjoy himself, mmmkay? Besides, what’s the point of promoting a Metallica-heavy, long-haired band when the group was losing its guitarist anyway?
The other act was a rap act à la the Beastie Boys sans originality or cleverness. As your imbibing author’s 15 year-old son often says: “Most white guys who try to rap are somehow disturbing”. (Yes, son, and some are just not all that clever to boot!)
Ah, but as it has been said “good things come to those who wait as Le Reverie took the stage with their live presentation of their Dark Symphony disc. As per usual, they were worth the wait. As usual they took the stage with an instrumental opening.
Highlights included a rendition of their “Breakout Single of the Year” and their first single “Hold Me Down”. As previously reported, this number holds a special meaning for the group. According to Jorgen they were once told by numerous others that starting a Gothic rock band “was not a good idea”.
She said: “The song is about following your ideas . . . and not letting anyone tell you different or ‘hold you down’.” She told the audience: “It’s about finding your inner passion.” Indeed, despite her after event misgivings the fact is they have thus far always managed to put out powerful performances.
Furthermore, Jorgen’s pre-performance praise of fellow performers proved to be true. Yeahikian appeared to play guitar like he’d been with the band for years. DeCarlo as both bassist and keyboardist was both entertaining and extremely effective. The show must go on, boys and girls, no matter who is jamming on the subcontinent.
There is something about the volume and the edginess that made the experience fun and spontaneous. Whatever little studio polish was lost onstage was more than made-up for by the group’s push to consistently prove themselves live. Overall, Jorgen and Roc’s compositions such as the titular “Dark Symphony” and their prerequisite hybrid theme song “Le Reverie” became something new as they took the audience on a musical journey past the Witching Hour. Their songs took on an unfiltered edge and a slight sense of urgency that made their music more immediate and even more vital than on their “dark” disc.
My name is Phoenix and . . . that’s the bottom line.