Band with Clover roots reunites Friday in Charlotte

news@lakewyliepilot.comApril 3, 2014 

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    Livalie performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, at Amo’s Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

    For tickets or more information, call 704-377-6874, or visit facebook.com/events/422415584527600/ or amossouthend.com.

— A local band is reuniting Friday, April 4, at Amos’ Southend music club.

Livalie formed in 2006. The six-member band, all Lake Wylie- and Clover-area natives, grew up together and bonded through their love of music.

“We were all best friends with a huge passion for music, so forming a band was a great way for us to satisfy our creative desires, and have a blast along the way,” said Patrick Gerasia, band drummer who works as a professional percussionist and instructor.

They put out an album, “A Perfect Compromise,” selling about 1,500 copies. After two years, they disbanded.

“As time went on, it became increasingly difficult for all of us to be on the same page as pressures of college, careers, and life choices increased,” Gerasia said.

Three members – Gerasia and Drew Cyphers and Paul Wright – created Fusebox Poet, which is disbanding this year, saying farewell at Friday’s show.

“A few of us saw the potential in our writing/playing and wanted to take it to another level,” said vocalist Cyphers, who is an audio engineer and owner of Outlier Studios in Clover.

Fusebox recorded two full-length albums, opening for 20 national artists and playing throughout the East Coast.

“Livalie was a huge part of their musical influence in regards to writing and style,” said guitarist Sean Cody, who also is a film composer. “They even put two songs on their first album that were originally Livalie tunes.”

When members of Fusebox Poet decided to disband, it sparked the idea for a joint reunion/farewell show with Livalie. This will be the first time all the members of Livalie have shared a stage since 2008.

“I don’t really look at it like a reunion show,” guitarist Wright said. “It’s just one more time I’ll get to play music with all of my best friends. I believe for some of us, it will be the last time. There’s something special about that.”

Other members of Livalie are Jeremiah Park on bass and Kyle Sandersonon keyboard.

Alongside the Clover-rooted bands will be Charlotte band The Centennial and Cairo Fire.

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