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
  • 2014–present[2]
Associated acts I Am the Avalanche, Nightmare of You
Website Official website
Members Evan Baken
Vinnie Caruana
Dan Navetta
Phil Navetta
Brandon Reilly
Past members Eddie Reyes
Alex Amiruddin
Nick Ghanbarian
Dave O'Connell

The Movielife is a Long Island band composed of vocalist Vinnie Caruana, bassist Phil Navetta, guitarist Brandon Reilly, drummer Evan Baken, and guitarist Dan Navetta. The band originally formed in 1997 and disbanded in 2003, but recently announced their official reunion in December 2014.


Formation and breakup (1997–2007)[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 September 1999.[4] 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.[5] 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,[6] and The Movielife again set out on tour in support of the effort. The album reached number 164 on the Billboard 200.

On September 29, 2003, a note on the band's website revealed that The Movielife had decided to break up.[7] Most of the members of The Movielife went on to form other bands; Vinnie Caruana formed I Am the Avalanche,[8] Brandon Reilly formed Nightmare of You,[9] 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.

Reunions (2008–present)[edit]

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.[10] 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.

On December 15, 2014 The Movielife announced that they would be getting back together and announced their first shows since 2011 in New York City, NY at Irving Plaza on February 6 and 7 2015. The Movielife announced several additional shows in 2015. The US locations include Philadelphia, San Francisco, Pomona, West Hollywood, Cleveland, and Syracuse. The band also played several shows in the UK. Cities include London, Birmingham, and Manchester. In addition, the band played at Taste of Chaos 2015 at the San Manuel Amphitheater on October 3, 2015.[11][better source needed] In 2016, the group are set to perform at Slam Dunk Festival in the UK.[12]


Studio albums


Current lineup

  • Evan Baken – drums (1997–2003, 2010–2011, 2014–present)
  • Vinnie Caruana – lead vocals (1997–2003, 2010–2011, 2014–present)
  • Dan Navetta – guitar (2001–2003, 2010–2011, 2014–present)
  • Phil Navetta – bass (1997–2003, 2010–2011, 2014–present)
  • Brandon Reilly – guitar (1997–2003, 2010–2011, 2014–present)

Past members

  • Alex Amiruddin – guitar (1997–2001)
  • Nick Ghanbarian – bass (1997)
  • Dave O'Connell – guitar (1997)
  • Eddie Reyes – guitar[13] (1997)


External links[edit]