13 May 2009
Things You Should Know
CD Release Show
Los Angeles, The Hotel Café
For Everything A Reason
Please Don't Stop
Got To Go (new song)
Thief In The Sky
Take The Money
Carina's Twitter comments about the show,
"My band last night were incredible! Tom Livemore, Simon Smith, Zac Rae, Scott Seiver and the AMAZING Sierra Swan and Sam Stewart. I'm in the bath and hung over... Now to concentrate on bringing my voice back... Love to Sierra Swan for singing so beautifully last night. Wow thank you for all your tweets! I'm feeling all fuzzy inside... Thank you everyone for making last nights show so amazing and special"
An interview Carina gave before the show can be read HERE
Review by Chazz Avery
Carina's new EP, Things You Should Know, was digitally released (via the internet) the day before this show. The show was the release party performance.
For those of you who haven't read my earlier account of seeing Carina, this is actually the first chance I've had to see her perform live on stage.
We arrived at the Hotel Café in time to catch the last half of Sierra Swan's excellent opening solo set. Sierra is a long time friend of Carina's. Earlier in the year, they did a few shows together (on stage at the same time) which, Carina told me, went very well. I haven't heard anything from those shows but suspect they would be great.
The stage was already set up for Carina and her band so it wasn't long before she stepped onto the stage. Several of Carina's friends were in attendance including photographer Kristin Burns, Things You Should Know producer Dan Burns and The Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan among others.
"For Everything A Reason" alternate source excerpt.
Note: it's cool to syncronize the two videos.
Next, was the pleasant surprise of a new (to date) unreleased song titled "Got To Go". Carina introduced the song as "about being really fucked up all the time in LA". This had a great chunky rhythm and a snakey little lead by Tom with some nice stop progression transitions. This would have fit well on Slow Motion Addict. Near the end of the song, it makes an abrupt stop and the preceding lyric would seem the end of the song. As the applause started, bang... the song continued to its natural end. The audience loved it.
Following this, Carina introduced Zac, Scott and Sierra (who was on stage for most but not all of the set). Carina then uttered "things you should know" as she stepped onto he loop box and let the loop repeat about 30 seconds when she introduced "Thief In The Sky".
A moment of applause, then the opening beats of "Shoot". Played a bit slower, this was a relatively standard performace of the song but Carina sang the chorus with a more plaintive delivery and the bridge had a dreamy quality.
A few weeks prior to the show and this being the first opportunity I had to do it in person, Carina had agreed to talk about this website after the show. However, the line at her merchandise table was so long it took about an hour before she could get away. Clearly, people wanted to meet her and buy her merchandise. The folks I heard speaking to her had nothing but praise to say. While waiting for Carina, I had my first chance to talk to Tom who was a very friendly fellow that was interested in chatting. Apparently, Simon left quickly because he had another gig elsewhere. Please note, too, that she is selling "hard copies" (factory CDs) of the new EP at the shows. BUY ONE!!!.
Carina finally got away and we (my friend Angel and I) talked with her for about an hour on a variety of topics. She was very sweet and accomodating. She tried to talk us into staying for the following week's performance. She introduced us to several of her attending friends. At one point, Carina, her friend, Kristin Burns (who I had met earlier) and my female friend, Angel began talking about women's hair styles. Kind of leaving me out of the loop. Sheesh! (LOL).
Photos by Billy Bennight
Photo by Barak Hardley
Review by Yesstiles
I was at that show. Carina was on fire. Very entertaining with the full band and theatrics, but I must say I really enjoyed this spring's small acoustic shows with Sierra Swan even more. I love watching Carina alone with her guitar just playing. I met her too after one of those small shows, and boy is she nice and friendly. She made me feel like I was the only one in the room.
Photo by Joshua J. Smelser