The all-ages club Amplyfi in Hollywood was the place to be on January 14 to see the up-and-coming pop/indie rock band Love Past Blue from Dallas, Texas. The group, which also fuses elements of funk and jazz together, really showed why they are on their way up. The highly-energized performance demonstrated they have a lot of promise, and the potential for further growth is there already.
Any young aspiring singer/songwriters and budding musicians at the show also got a masterclass, so to speak, in seeing a group (all under 20 years old) that has really got their act together. As far as visual presentation, stage presence and musicianship, Love Past Blue does as well or better than their established contemporaries in the industry who have been performing since way before the band members were born.
The band is lead by 16-year-old vocalist and songwriter, Clio Cadence. Cadence has a striking look that combines the original imagery of a fairy princess with bondage wear. Red and black are her go to colors. Cadence has a pale complexion and peroxide blonde hair she wears in ponytails — immediately bringing to mind Gwen Stefani as her creative inspiration. Just as her look isn’t conventional nor does Cadence have a conventional singing voice. Not one to stand at a mic and just sing, Cadence is all over the stage, dancing around and posing. Maybe she’ll start a new craze with her rigid jerky robotic movements. It characterizes how she performs in synch with the music. Post new wave, perhaps?
Supporting Cadence are three very talented musicians: guitarist Jack Hickman (14), bassist Joe Galate (18) and drummer Logan Ellis Sheppard (16). Beside Cadence, Hickman and Galate have visual personas of their own that may become their trademark/signature down the line. Hickman is the more understated of the two, with a subtle, quiet, serious journeyman quality about him. Galate is just flashier and more bold and exudes a lot of confidence. Wearing his hair in little mini short ponytails or dreads and dressed in a long open cape with an Asian print on it, his bare chest was exposed over ripped, faded jeans, it seems Galate is working the rock star angle hard and credibly.
The band performed one cover “Cake By The Ocean” by DNCE, “I Didn’t Do It,” from their first EP as well as “VIP,” “Falling,” “Vanilla,” “Jealous,” and “No Means No” from their upcoming sophomore album. “No Means No” is the lead track from the album and it’s based on Cadence’s personal experiences with sexual harassment. The song aims to further raise awareness and create solidarity among victims of sexual abuse and misconduct. Onstage, Cadence spoke openly about what was clearly a painful episode in her life. This song was her battle cry urging other women to stand up for themselves and take back their personal power. Performing “Jealous” took the otherwise upbeat set in another direction. It was more somber, reflective and dramatic as Cadence donned a mask and sat on the stage plaintively pouring her heart out in song that was the equivalent of a modern torch.
Showing some musical range, with more seasoning that comes over time and with experience gained honing their songwriting craft, Love Past Blue can emerge into a very good band with staying power.