The Movielife

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The Movielife
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Background information
OriginLong Island, New York
United States
GenresMelodic hardcore, pop punk, emo[1]
Years active
  • 1997–2003
  • 2011
  • 2014–present[2]
Labels
Associated actsI Am the Avalanche, Nightmare of You
WebsiteOfficial website
MembersVinnie Caruana
Brandon Reilly
Brett Romnes
Past membersEddie Reyes
Dave O'Connell
Nick Ghanbarian
Alex Amiruddin
Dan Navetta
Phil Navetta
Evan Baken

The Movielife is a Long Island punk rock band composed of vocalist Vinnie Caruana, guitarist Brandon Reilly, and drummer Brett Romnes. The band originally formed in 1997 and disbanded in 2003, but announced their official reunion in December 2014.

History[edit]

Formation and breakup (1997–2007)[edit]

The Movielife formed in 1997 in Long Island, New York[3] with vocalist Vinnie Caruana, guitarists Alex Amiruddin and Eddie Reyes, bassist Nick Ghanbarian and drummer Evan Baken. The band recorded a tape titled Red Demo with Mike Sapone.[4] Reyes left the group to form Runner Up[5] and subsequently Taking Back Sunday.[6] He was replaced by Dave O'Connell, who in turn would leave shortly afterwards to form the Quick Fix Kills, subsequently being replaced by Brandon Reilly. Ghanbarian then left the group and was replaced by Phil Navetta.[5] Ghanbarian would later join Bayside.[7] In 1998, the band recorded another demo tape, titled the White Demo.[8] The demo caught the attention of Fadeway Records, with whom the band signed a one-album contract.[5] The band recorded their debut album with Peng Chia at Tin Pan Alley Studios.[9] It's Go Time was released through Fadeaway Records in September 1999[10] and was supported by heavy touring.[3]

With the band's growing popularity,[5] they almost signed with Equal Vision Records, however they instead signed with Revelation Records.[11] The band recorded their second album with producer Brian McTernan at Salad Days Studio in Washington, DC.[12] This Time Next Year was released through Revelation Records in October 2000,[13] with touring alongside New Found Glory and Glassjaw to promote it. In 2001, the Movielife signed to Drive-Thru Records, and released to Has a Gambling Problem EP in November of the same year.[3] During the recording of the follow-up full length, Amiruddin quit to start Keep Breathing.[5] Amiruddin explained that he "grew disenchanted with the new direction of the music, and my friendships with the other guys in the band suffered for various reasons".[14] He was replaced by Dan Navetta, Phil's younger brother.[5] In 2003, Forty Hour Train Back to Penn was released,[15] 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, a note on the band's website revealed that the Movielife had decided to break up.[16]

Reunions (2008–present)[edit]

Most of the members of the Movielife formed other bands; Caruana formed I Am the Avalanche,[17] Reilly formed Nightmare of You,[18] in which Phil Navetta also played briefly, but has since left and currently resides in Queens, NY. Dan Navetta founded Heavy Rescue and a media company, while Baken worked in business management.[19] In 2008, Caruana performed a set of the Movielife with Set Your Goals backing at The Bamboozle festival.[20] On December 16, 2010 a video was posted on Caruana's YouTube account featuring himself and Reilly, announcing that the Movielife will be playing at The Bamboozle in New Jersey, marking their first performance in almost 8 years.[21] They followed this up with a show in New York in August. Caruana remarked in 2015 the group had planned to continue, however, he "[didn't] think [he] was ready. I don’t think Brandon was ready. The timing was wrong -- we were trying to force it, but our lives weren’t there yet".[22] Also in 2011, Amiruddin joined Wiretap Crash.[14]

Caruana and Reilly re-connected as friends and shortly afterwards began talking about a potential the Movielife reunion. The band subsequently began rehearsing in December 2014,[22] performing their first shows since 2011 in New York City at Irving Plaza in February 2015. Asked whether a new album would be released, Caruana said he would "never rule that out".[22] The Movielife performed several additional shows in the US later in the year,[3] including an appearance at Today's Mixtape Festival,[23] as well as a tour of the UK in June.[24] In March 2016, Caruana revealed that the band were in the process of writing new material.[11] The following month, the band released "Future Feeling (Afraid of Drugs)" as a single.[25] In 2017, the group performed at Slam Dunk Festival in the UK.[26] All promotional materials posted to the band's Twitter after the 2016 Presidential election feature only Brett Romnes, Brandon and Vinnie, implying they are the only current members of the band.[27] The band's fourth album, Cities in Search of a Heart was released in September 2017 through Rise Records.[28]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

Members[edit]

Current lineup

  • Vinnie Caruana – lead vocals (1997–2003, 2011, 2014–present)
  • Brandon Reilly – guitar (1997–2003, 2011, 2014–present)
  • Brett Romnes - drums (2016–present)

Touring Members[edit]

  • Matt Fazzi - bass guitar, vocals (2017–present)[29]
  • Chris Regan - guitar, vocals (2017–present)[30]

Past members

  • Eddie Reyes – guitar (1997)
  • Dave O'Connell – guitar (1997)
  • Nick Ghanbarian – bass (1997)
  • Alex Amiruddin – guitar (1997–2001)
  • Phil Navetta – bass (1997–2003, 2011, 2014–2016)
  • Dan Navetta – guitar (2001–2003, 2011, 2014–2016)
  • Evan Baken – drums (1997–2003, 2011, 2014–2016)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Movielife Has a Gambling Problem – The Movielife – Songs, Reviews, Credits – AllMusic". Archived from the original on October 16, 2013.
  2. ^ "The Movielife have reunited – News – Alternative Press". Archived from the original on March 1, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d Loftus, Johnny. "The Movielife | Biography & History". AllMusic. All Media Network, LLC. Archived from the original on October 16, 2017. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  4. ^ Red Demo (Sleeve). The Movielife. Self-released. 1997.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Jávorkút, Ádám (July 29, 2011). "The Movielife" (in Hungarian). Nuskull. Archived from the original on April 19, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  6. ^ Tatone, Jenny (April 19, 2016). "Taste Of Tuesday: Looking back at musical thrills and offstage spills with Taking Back Sunday". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. Archived from the original on August 21, 2016. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  7. ^ Apar, Corey. "Bayside | Biography & History". AllMusic. All Media Network, LLC. Archived from the original on February 17, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  8. ^ White Demo (Sleeve). The Movielife. Self-released. 1997.
  9. ^ It's Go Time (Sleeve). The Movielife. Fadeaway Records. 1999. fadeaway 002.
  10. ^ "Movielife News and Reviews". archive.org. November 9, 1999. Archived from the original on November 9, 1999. Retrieved July 8, 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  11. ^ a b McGrath, Ryan (March 23, 2016). "An Interview with Vinnie Caruana of The Movielife: This Time Next Year…". The Aquarian Weekly. Diane Casazza, Chris Farinas. Archived from the original on August 6, 2016. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  12. ^ This Time Next Year (Sleeve). The Movielife. Revelation Records. 2000. REV:97.
  13. ^ D'Angelo, Peter J. "This Time Next Year - The Movielife | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. All Media Network, LLC. Archived from the original on October 16, 2017. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  14. ^ a b Manley, Brendan (January 2, 2013). "An Oral History of LI Music Scene's Class of '02-'03". Long Island Press. Jed Morey. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  15. ^ "Forty Hour Train Back to Penn – The Movielife – Release Info – AllMusic". AllMusic. Archived from the original on January 9, 2017. Retrieved July 8, 2017.
  16. ^ Heisel, Scott (September 29, 2003). "The Movielife (1997–2003)". Punknews.org. Aubin Paul. Archived from the original on February 13, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
  17. ^ "I Am the Avalanche – Biography & History – AllMusic". AllMusic. Archived from the original on January 10, 2017. Retrieved July 8, 2017.
  18. ^ "Nightmare of You – Biography & History – AllMusic". AllMusic. Archived from the original on January 10, 2017. Retrieved July 8, 2017.
  19. ^ Alexandra, Rae (April 2, 2015). "The Movielife Talk Past Troubles, Newfound Dedication, and the Importance of Multitasking". SF Weekly. Jay Curran. Archived from the original on October 16, 2017. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  20. ^ Paul, Aubin (January 11, 2008). "Vinnie Caruana / Set Your Goals to do Movielife set at Bamboozle". Punknews.org. Aubin Paul. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  21. ^ "YouTube – The Movielife Bamboozle 2011 Announcement". Archived from the original on April 10, 2016.
  22. ^ a b c Alexandra, Rae (March 13, 2015). "Vinnie Caruana on The Movielife's reunion: "We're mature now"". TeamRock. Future Publishing Limited. Archived from the original on June 8, 2016. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  23. ^ McGrath, Ryan (June 24, 2015). "An Interview with The Movielife: It's Go Time!". The Aquarian Weekly. Diane Casazza, Chris Farinas. Archived from the original on February 3, 2016. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  24. ^ Beech, Dave (June 17, 2015). "Pop-Punk Legends The Movielife Return For A Handful of UK Shows". Louder Than War. Eugene Butcher. Archived from the original on October 16, 2017. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  25. ^ "Future Feeling (Afraid of Drugs) - Single". iTunes. Apple Inc. Archived from the original on January 9, 2017. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  26. ^ "Beartooth, Tonight Alive, Against Me! And More For Slam Dunk 2017 – Kerrang!". kerrang.com. January 8, 2017. Archived from the original on April 4, 2017. Retrieved July 8, 2017.
  27. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 7, 2017. Retrieved July 28, 2017.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  28. ^ Punknews.org. "The Movielife announce new album". www.punknews.org. Archived from the original on August 28, 2017. Retrieved July 8, 2017.
  29. ^ "Instagram post by Matt Fazzi • Sep 28, 2017 at 12:55am UTC". Instagram. Retrieved 2017-11-25.
  30. ^ "Instagram post by Chris Regan • Sep 22, 2017 at 4:04pm UTC". Instagram. Retrieved 2017-11-25.

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