By: Hali Neal
The show, which took place on January 5, featured Shatterglass, Hiatus Road and YourDesign. It drew a sizable, though more subdued, crowd. This made for some excellent people watching while enjoying a drink at the bar. The drink prices at Archie’s are middle of the road, and they have the basics when it comes to beer selection: Corona, Miller Lite, Budweiser, Yuengling, etc.
Although the first band, YourDesign, was scheduled to go on at 9:00 p.m., they didn’t actually take the stage until 10:15 p.m. YourDesign is a fairly new rock band that features the former lead singer of Theory of Disorder, Ricky Coleman. The songs they played got a little repetitive the longer into the set they went, but the band is off to a good start and after they play a few more shows together, they could be great. The two best songs of the set were toward the end. One of these songs, “Better Life”, is currently getting radio airplay on Clewiston’s Call FM station, 91.5.
Fort Lauderdale rock band Hiatus Road went on at 11:15 p.m. Hiatus Road is also a road that runs throughout Broward County, so the band often gets asked if they are named after the road. This is not the case, according to Christian who is the lead singer, who said, “Hiatus Road is a metaphor. Since hiatus means one is on a break, we consider ourselves on the road to a break.”
Hiatus Road had very tight instrumentation and vocals throughout their set. The deeper into the set they got, the better the songs sounded. The standout song of the set, however, was “Right Now”, a song that features driving guitars and lyrics that are great to rock out to.
The last band of the night was Shatterglass, who went on at 12:15 am. For a relatively new band (they’ve been together since early 2011), they have enjoyed a good bit of success: their song “Coming Undone” was featured in Rock Band 3 and they have also recently signed with artist management company Silver Cat Entertainment, who has been heavily promoting Shatterglass’ current single, “Psycho Girlfriend“. Shatterglass was another band who saved the best songs for the end of their set: the vocals, guitar solos and bass lines were some of the best the show had to offer.
Archie’s West has a new rock showcase every Saturday, free to those who are 21+ (and $10 for 18+). For more information on any of the bands, Spano’s Big Radio Show or Silver Cat Entertainment, please visit their respective Facebook pages.