Concert Review: Heartstop brings pop sound to ULV

Michael Phillips
Staff Writer

If you thought your heart could only stop when you sneeze or die, you’ve never heard Heartstop.

About 40 students gathered in the Campus Center Wednesday night to watch the local band perform songs from its EP “Moments.”

Heartstop is an unsigned Los Angeles-based rock band; the members include guitarist Matt Sellers, guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Jake Hawkes, drummer Joe Khoury and bassist/vocalist Tristan Ramos.

“We wanted a name that would describe a huge moment, a moment where your heart stops,” Khoury said.

The event was put on by the Campus Activities Board and funded by ASULV.

The band mingled with audience members and took to the stage to rock La Verne’s campus. The crowd swayed and tapped their feet to the bands up tempo, and melody focused songs.

Hawkes showcased his talent by opening the performance playing the keyboard and delivering vocals.

By the third song “For what it’s worth,” Hawkes had his guitar in his hand and strummed the chords of the song along with Ramos, who accompanied him on vocals.

In between the songs, the band conversed with each other and the predominately female audience.

“Lullaby” proved to be an audience favorite with Hawkes delivering slow heartfelt lyrics. “Lullaby” was the slowest song in the band’s set.

Unlike the band’s previous songs, it abandoned the drums and guitar in the opening leaving the audience with only Hawkes vocals and piano playing.

“I really enjoyed the concert, lullaby was my favorite song, it was really cool,” said senior psychology major Ana Dominguez.

The band introduced their two new songs “How Many Times” and “Just Like Goodbye.”

Khoury said that the two songs would be released soon.

The band members’ performance was filled with energy, from their focused and heart-felt lyrics, quick fingered guitar strums, and heart throbbing drum sets.

Tristan Ramos danced across stage and let loose powerful guitar riffs.

“I was really surprised I don’t really like this kind of music but I thought they were really good,” said sophomore business major Jacob Acevedo.

When the band announced that “Don’t Wake Me Up” would be their last song, they were met with a mixture of “aww’s, and “we want more,” from the audience.

Ryan Taketomo, a sophomore political science major, had never heard of the band before, but came to support CAB and hear some good music.

After the show the band members hung out with ULV students.

Many lined up for photographs with the band, and to thank them for playing in La Verne.

Many of the audience members stood in line to buy Heartstop merchandise, which ranged from t-shirts, to autograph copies of the band’s “Moments” EP.

The EP is also available on iTunes.

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