Rock Band Lydia Revisits NYC

Words and photos by Natalie Caamano

The indie rock band Lydia finally revisited NYC on October 1st. As part of The Run Wild North American Tour, the band stopped at the Gramercy Theatre for their first visit since the 2014 tour when they played ‘Illuminate’ in its entirety.

Just a few days into their Run Wild tour, the band released their newest full-length, ‘Run Wild,’ on September 18th. The supporting acts for the tour are rock bands Seahaven, Turnover, and The Technicolors.

The Technicolors and Turnover warmed up the crowd at the Gramercy with their best tracks. Then Seahaven took the stage.


The four members of Seahaven walked out onto the dark stage in matching merch of their own, simple, black shirts with white lettering that reads, ‘PURA•VIDA.’ While doing a final sound test, the only light coming from the stage is the purple-lit drumset with the same design as the t-shirts.


Seahaven began their set with ‘It’s Over,’ the second track off their debut album ‘Winter Forever,’ then picked up the pace with a newer song, ‘Flesh.’ The band performed two more newer songs, then went back to some fan favorites from their debut.

seahaven2The band garnered the strongest crowd sing-a-long during their song ‘Save Me,’ with fans shouting the chorus and throwing fists into the air, as though they’ve written the words themselves.

The band then played a new, unreleased song, ‘Lost,’ before finishing with the appropriately named first track off their debut, ‘Goodnight.’ Throughout the band’s set, the crowd expressed how intimate and cathartic a Seahaven performance can be, even with their slower, quieter songs.



During the soundcheck for headliner Lydia, the stage changed drastically. Rather than simply using colorful, overhead lights, the backdrop seemed to be sprinkled with star-like lights. The crew also brought in large orbs filled with purple and magenta lights, hinting at the different vibe Lydia would provide.


Lydia opened with a track off their newest album, which was just released the week before. Despite being new, the crowd already knew the words and sang them back to the band.

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Lydia’s set was a balanced mix of songs from their newest album, their 2013 album ‘Devil,’ and possibly their most popular album, ‘Illuminate,’ released in 2008. The band left the stage for a brief moment before returning for their encore, the last track off a 2010 EP, ‘Assailants.’




The lineup for The Run Wild North American Tour was a sound mix of American rock and indie bands that can get crowds involved for both slower songs and those that pack a punch.


Lydia Setlist:

    • Past Life
    • Hospital
    • Do You Remember
    • Holidays
    • A Fine Evening for a Rogue
    • Riverman
    • The Exit
    • We’ll Never Die
    • Coffee Drips
    • One More Day
    • All I See
    • This Is Twice Now
    • When It Gets Dark Out
    • Hurry Back Tonight
    • Always Move Fast
    • Back to Bed
    • Knee Deep


  • Assailants

Seahaven Setlist:

    • It’s Over
    • Flesh
    • Wild West Selfishness
    • Silhouette (Latin Skin)
    • Black & White
    • Save Me
    • Lost
    • Goodnight

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The Rock Carnival

This past weekend, Oak Ridge Park hosted The Food Truck and Rock Carnival. This large-scale event is a festival for all-ages dedicate to craft beer, artisan foods and rock n’ roll. Around 15,000 patrons filled the venue Sunday. This event welcomed acts such as Slash, Black Label Society and many more!

WMSC Alumni and DJ of “The Metal Teddy Bear Experience” Chris Annunziata had the opportunity to attend The Rock Carnival where he had access to be on stage, backstage, at the artist compound, and on the pit!

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Chris Annunziata backstage at The Rock Carnival!

Chris and Slash

Chris had the opportunity to meet and hangout with Slash!

Chris met Slash at his dressing room in the artist compounds which is an area backstage with air conditioned trailers with tons of hospitality.

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Chris interviewed Clint Lowery, lead guitarist and backing vocalist on the band’s bus right after their set.

Clint Lowery writes a lot of the material for Sevendust. The band was on the bus and we hung out a bit with singer Lajon Whiterspoon.


Lajon Whiterspoon of Sevendust preforms at The Rock Carnival

Sevendust has a new album that drops October 2nd “Kill The Flaw” and recently hosted two listening party sessions at Architekt Studios in Butler, NJ where, DJ Chris Annunziata also had the opportunity to listen to the entire album while chowing down on some great food prepared by Celebrity Chef Eric Levine of Randolph, NJ’s Morris Tap and Grill. At the event, Chris met WSOU alum and SiriusXM Hard Rock DJ for over 13 years, Kayla Riley.

SiriusXM Hard Rock DJ Kayla Riley and Chris Annunziata.

SiriusXM Hard Rock DJ Kayla Riley and Chris Annunziata.

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Are you in a band? Ready to be discovered? Do you want to play the Wellmont Theater? Alternative rock band Guster is looking for college and high school bands to open for them during their November tour. The band will play the Wellmont Theater on November 21st, so if you want a shot at playing, sign up!

Fill out the Google Form:, by Monday, September 21st, at 10 PM to be entered. Not only will you get exposure and the opportunity to play Montclair’s famous venue, but you’ll also be paid to do it! Winners will be announced the week of September 28th and the majority of the band must be enrolled in college or high school.Guster Tour

The First Pinelands Music Festival!


On Saturday, August 15th, WMSC was lucky enough to attend the first Pinelands Music Festival, which took place at the New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ. Even though it was the first year, the music festival pulled out all of the stops to make it just as fun as veteran music festivals.

With a line-up of 29 bands between 3 different stages, this was not a small festival by any means. Many of the bands that played were playing at home in New Jersey or in their own tri-state area. Some of the locals were The Early November, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Vacationer, and Your Persona, as well as others. The Pinelands Music Festival also brought in bands from other sides of the country, including acts like Hellogoodbye and The Spill Canvas.

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© Craig Peters Photography, All Rights Reserved

Not only was there great music, but scattered throughout the area were food trucks, merchandise tents, promotional tents, and even go-karting! Whether you wanted a pb&j, falafel, or granola, the Pinelands Music Festival had you covered. One of the standout tents at the festival was a vinyl shop. There were boxes and boxes of records you could buy, many costing only a dollar!

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© Craig Peters Photography, All Rights Reserved

Throughout the day, it was clear that everyone was having a blast, either watching a band from the crowd, listening from a lawn between stages, or just enjoying the company. If you weren’t able to go this year, make sure to get your tickets to the 2016 Pinelands Music Festival early so you don’t miss out! It’s definitely broken some ground and we’re sure it’ll be even greater next year. Don’t forget to watch for exclusive interviews with some of the bands that played the festival!