If Newvale had no other distinction than being fronted by one-time Something Corporate guitarist Reuben Hernandez, that alone might well be enough to get the San Clemente-based quartet some notice.
But the fact that Newvale has released an EP of songs that equals his old band’s best efforts makes listening to the four tracks on “Summer’s Gone” an unexpected thrill. Add to that unlikely scenario that the music sounds little like Something Corporate and many discerning listeners will be amazed.
The band was formed in December 2005 and began playing high-profile shows in 2006 at venues such as the Galaxy Concert Theatre in Santa Ana and the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. Newvale will be performing a highly-anticipated hometown concert at the San Clemente Fiesta Street Festival on Sunday, Aug. 12.
Newvale’s debut debut CD was recorded at Lendroma Studio in September 2006 with producer Kelly Winrich (best known as the drummer of San Clemente-based rock group Bril) and it took a mere 2-1/2 days to track the memorable title track “Summer’s Gone,” as well as “Explosions in the Distance,” “Flowers and Parking Tickets” and “Our Thursday.”
Newvale clearly sounds modern, with “Summer’s Gone” recalling recent work from Snow Patrol and Coldplay, but there is a laid-back, melodic vibe that may have something to do with the beach lifestyle enjoyed by the band. Think of it as a cross between Jack’s Mannequin and Sugar Ray with a bit of Dashboard Confessional thrown into the sonic mix.
“Lyrically, I want to write songs that are honest and inspire people,” Hernandez said in an interview earlier this year.
Newvale will perform a free show at the San Clemente Fiesta Street Festival (to be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Avenida Del Mar in downtown San Clemente) on Aug. 12. Others groups scheduled to perform at the event include Cash’d Out (a tribute to Johnny Cash), Flock of 80’s, Crush, the Matt Kenney Band, Entice, Gratitude and Carry the Zero.
For more information on Newvale, visit www.MySpace.com/Newvale.