By: Nevra Azerkan
Pop-rock SoCal band, The Bolts are ending the year with a bang by co-headlining The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles to celebrate their Fall EP. The band, comprised of brothers, Heath, Austin and Ryan Farmer and friends, Ryan Kilpatrick and Matt Champagne are influenced by the classics like The Beatles and The Clash to modern day rockers like The Killers and My Chemical Romance. Some of their tracks have been used on television shows such as Degrassi and Necessary Roughness, and their single, “Walk Away” is featured in a SoBe commercial with model, Kate Upton. They’ve played The Roxy plenty of times before and had a residency at Disneyland. These guys have been busy and they aren’t going to be slowing down any time soon.
KROQ was putting on this Locals Only Showcase and there were a lot of bands on the bill for the night. It was also the release party for The Bolts Fall EP, so it was special gig for them. I arrived right when they hit the stage and the venue was packed. The band seemed really relaxed and just ready to have a good time and jam and that’s exactly what happened.
Their set list included (in no particular order): “Tell Me,” “Taking On The Night,” “Walk Away,” “The Truth,” “Wait Till We’re Young,” “Play The Music,” “Don’t Let Me Go,” “This Can’t Be Real,” “Caving In,” “We May Fall,” and “Our Love.” Even with a decent length, the set went by in no time.
Overall, it was a solid show. The Bolts have a great sound and I hope their music continues to evolve with the same edge that is featured in “Walk Away”, the track that first caught my attention. Their full length debut album is set to release on the Bolts Broadcasting Co. in February 2013. Until then, there’s the Fall EP to hold you over.