The Movielife

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The Movielife
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Background information
Origin Long Island, New York
United States
Genres Melodic hardcore, pop punk, emo[1]
Years active

1997–2003

2010–2011
Labels Drive-Thru Records, Revelation Records, Mutant League Records
Associated acts I Am the Avalanche
Nightmare of You
Set Your Goals
Taking Back Sunday
Website The Movielife on Myspace
Members Vinnie Caruana
Brandon Reilly
Dan Navetta
Phil Navetta
Evan Baken
Past members Eddie Reyes
Alex Amiruddin
Nick Ghanbarian
Dave O'Connell

The Movielife was a Long Island pop-punk band, composed of vocalist Vinnie Caruana, bassist Phil Navetta, guitarist Brandon Reilly, drummer Evan Baken, and guitarist Alex Amiruddin, until 2001 when Alex Amiruddin left and was replaced by Dan Navetta.

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

In 1997, The Movielife was formed and soon went from basement shows to supporting its debut album, It's Go Time, which was released on Fadeaway Records. In 2000, This Time Next Year was released by Revelation Records. In 2001, The Movielife signed to Drive-Thru Records, and the Has a Gambling Problem EP was released. While en route to their next show the band wrecked their van in Jamestown, North Dakota. While the accident luckily only caused minor injuries, the mental anguish and already stressed relationships between the band members began to tear.[citation needed] During the recording of the follow-up full length, founding member Alex Amiruddin quit to start Keep Breathing. He was replaced by Dan Navetta, Phil's younger brother. In 2003, Forty Hour Train Back to Penn was released, and The Movielife again set out on tour in support of the effort.

Breakup[edit]

On September 27, 2003, a note on the band's website revealed that The Movielife had decided to break up. Most of the members of The Movielife went on to form other bands; Vinnie Caruana formed I Am the Avalanche, Brandon Reilly formed Nightmare of You, in which Phil Navetta also played briefly, but has since left and currently resides in Queens, NY. Dan Navetta went on to form Heavy Rescue.

In January 2008, Vinnie Caruana addressed rumors of a reunion by saying "The Movielife will not be reuniting. The Movielife has been offered ample opportunities to reunite for a show and no one wants to do it but me." On April 6, 2008 at The Bamboozle Left in Irvine, California Vinnie performed a set of The Movielife with Set Your Goals backing. Vinnie also played a set of The Movielife with Set Your Goals on May 3, 2008 at The Bamboozle in New Jersey.[citation needed].

On December 16, 2010 a video was posted on Vinnie Caruana's YouTube account featuring Vinnie and Brandon Riley, announcing that The Movielife will be playing at The Bamboozle (2011) in New Jersey, marking their first performance in almost 8 years.[2]

On August 26, 2011, The Movielife played their last show at the Best Buy Theater in New York. The show opened with special appearances by Brand New and Crime In Stereo.

Members[edit]

Final Lineup
  • Vinnie Caruana - lead vocals (1997-2003, 2010-2011)
  • Brandon Reilly - guitar (1997-2003, 2010-2011)
  • Dan Navetta - guitar (2001-2003, 2010-2011)
  • Phil Navetta - bass (1997-2003, 2010-2011)
  • Evan Baken - drums (1997-2003, 2010-2011)
Past Members
  • Eddie Reyes - guitar (1997)
  • Dave O'Connell - guitar (1997)
  • Alex Amiruddin - guitar (1997-2001)
  • Nick Ghanbarian - bass (1997)

Discography[edit]

Albums
Demos and EPs

Videography[edit]

  • Single White Female (2000)
  • Walking on Glass (2001)
  • Jamestown (2003)
  • Face or Kneecaps (2003)

References[edit]

External links[edit]