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Ceasefire

Minkler, California, United States | SELF

Minkler, California, United States | SELF
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"Ceasefire This Love Review"

Celebrating the release of their self-released This Love EP, Costa Mesa four-piece Ceasefire (formerly known as Stereofix) assaulted us with a stockpile of U2-esque alt rock and songs like "Heartache" and their hard-stomping, KROQ-approved single "It's you." The band, led by leather jacket-obsessed siblings Ray and Kamren Alexander, headlined an all-local lineup at the House of Blues Anaheim that included Forgiving Yesterday, Theory by Sound, Amherst Aisle and Keepers of the Sun.

On this particular local night, there seemed like a more mature older crowd which was pretty different for an all-ages show like this--maybe even a bit refreshing considering the notable lack of overly-obnoxious teenagers.


Austin Bauman
Beach Balls falling in the crowd during Ceasefire
By the time Ceasefire came on, we were feeling a perfect buzz from all the cocktails and were ready to dance and sing along to Ray Alexander's moody,seductive vocals that harbor a certain Brandon Flower's-like quality. Toward the beginning of their set, the track "This Love Will Tear Us Apart" off of their new EP got the crowd worked up into full-blown singing along mode. By the time they played "Heartache," giant beach balls with the Ceasefire logo were batted around in the crowd and all the guests were wearing glow sticks. We had to take a step back and wonder were we at a rave or a rock show.

Listening to Ray's lyrics on most of the songs, we couldn't help but wonder who broke this poor man's heart. Just about every line he sang seemed like a lament about a destructive relationship. Playing an acoustic version of "I'm Coming Home," Ceasefire showed they were incapable of turning off their arena-ready rock star stage presence, even when during their most stripped-down performance of the night. With their catchy radio-friendly tunes, a new name and new band member this Fountain Valley band is definitely on the hunt for major-label stardom and, at least for now, is more than humble about it. "For me it's a huge accomplishment, just to be a part of a band that headlines the House of Blues," Brandon Franklin,the new bassist, said. "It's a big deal!"


Austin Bauman
Vocalist/Guitarist Ray Alexander of Ceasefire
Critics Bias: Though I'm the EDM gal at OC Weekly, it's always refreshing to stay away from the normal untz, untz, untz and re-live my teenage punk rock girl days at the House of Blues.

The Crowd: A large number of late twentysomethings, male and female just looking for a good night out.

Overheard in the Crowd: "The Ceasefire guys are cute! I want them to sign my beach ball!"

Random Notebook Dump: If they had an Asian guy in the band, a la Teppei Teranishi from Thrice I would have literally been in heaven!

Set List:
1. Heaven Knows
2. Best Days
3. This Love Will Tear Us Apart
4. Save It For The Broken Hearted
5. Heartache
6. I'm Coming Home (Acoustic)
7. Pieces
8. Too Good To Be True (Cover)
9. It's You
10. Paradise
11. Another Day Just Faster

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"Ceasefire This Love Review"

Celebrating the release of their self-released This Love EP, Costa Mesa four-piece Ceasefire (formerly known as Stereofix) assaulted us with a stockpile of U2-esque alt rock and songs like "Heartache" and their hard-stomping, KROQ-approved single "It's you." The band, led by leather jacket-obsessed siblings Ray and Kamren Alexander, headlined an all-local lineup at the House of Blues Anaheim that included Forgiving Yesterday, Theory by Sound, Amherst Aisle and Keepers of the Sun.

On this particular local night, there seemed like a more mature older crowd which was pretty different for an all-ages show like this--maybe even a bit refreshing considering the notable lack of overly-obnoxious teenagers.


Austin Bauman
Beach Balls falling in the crowd during Ceasefire
By the time Ceasefire came on, we were feeling a perfect buzz from all the cocktails and were ready to dance and sing along to Ray Alexander's moody,seductive vocals that harbor a certain Brandon Flower's-like quality. Toward the beginning of their set, the track "This Love Will Tear Us Apart" off of their new EP got the crowd worked up into full-blown singing along mode. By the time they played "Heartache," giant beach balls with the Ceasefire logo were batted around in the crowd and all the guests were wearing glow sticks. We had to take a step back and wonder were we at a rave or a rock show.

Listening to Ray's lyrics on most of the songs, we couldn't help but wonder who broke this poor man's heart. Just about every line he sang seemed like a lament about a destructive relationship. Playing an acoustic version of "I'm Coming Home," Ceasefire showed they were incapable of turning off their arena-ready rock star stage presence, even when during their most stripped-down performance of the night. With their catchy radio-friendly tunes, a new name and new band member this Fountain Valley band is definitely on the hunt for major-label stardom and, at least for now, is more than humble about it. "For me it's a huge accomplishment, just to be a part of a band that headlines the House of Blues," Brandon Franklin,the new bassist, said. "It's a big deal!"


Austin Bauman
Vocalist/Guitarist Ray Alexander of Ceasefire
Critics Bias: Though I'm the EDM gal at OC Weekly, it's always refreshing to stay away from the normal untz, untz, untz and re-live my teenage punk rock girl days at the House of Blues.

The Crowd: A large number of late twentysomethings, male and female just looking for a good night out.

Overheard in the Crowd: "The Ceasefire guys are cute! I want them to sign my beach ball!"

Random Notebook Dump: If they had an Asian guy in the band, a la Teppei Teranishi from Thrice I would have literally been in heaven!

Set List:
1. Heaven Knows
2. Best Days
3. This Love Will Tear Us Apart
4. Save It For The Broken Hearted
5. Heartache
6. I'm Coming Home (Acoustic)
7. Pieces
8. Too Good To Be True (Cover)
9. It's You
10. Paradise
11. Another Day Just Faster

Follow us on Twitter @OCWeeklyMusic and like us on Facebook at Heard Mentality - OC weekly


"Ceasefire debuts This Love Ep"

Ceasefire came on stage to find a rock and party hungry crowd. The group, obviously sensing the energy from the audience, fed upon the positive vibes. Vocalist Ray Alexander paraded back and forth on stage without tripping up one note. He interacted vividly with the crowd and held a confident frontman demeanor throughout the set.
Though Alexander did not play an instrument while performing, he seemed comfortable and at ease throughout his time on stage and held the poise and presence of a seasoned musician. The audience sang and swayed along to the music, and, at times, raised their arms above their heads and waved them along to the beat of the music. The energy in the room escalated when beach balls were released into the audience mid-set.
Crowd goers became even more exhilarated when the rock quartet played its latest single, “This Love Will Tear Us Apart,” which has been featured on KROQ’s Locals Only playlist. The track boasts a slightly ominous feel, but definitely manages to create a catchy melody that was enjoyed by just about everyone in the room. Never falling short of the energy level it displayed when it first hit the stage, Ceasefire ended the evening on a high note.
Article by Cassie Rossel, for OrangeCounty.com. Photos by Alexander Avina, for OrangeCounty.com. - ENCORE SHOW REVIEW


"Ceasefire debuts This Love Ep"

Ceasefire came on stage to find a rock and party hungry crowd. The group, obviously sensing the energy from the audience, fed upon the positive vibes. Vocalist Ray Alexander paraded back and forth on stage without tripping up one note. He interacted vividly with the crowd and held a confident frontman demeanor throughout the set.
Though Alexander did not play an instrument while performing, he seemed comfortable and at ease throughout his time on stage and held the poise and presence of a seasoned musician. The audience sang and swayed along to the music, and, at times, raised their arms above their heads and waved them along to the beat of the music. The energy in the room escalated when beach balls were released into the audience mid-set.
Crowd goers became even more exhilarated when the rock quartet played its latest single, “This Love Will Tear Us Apart,” which has been featured on KROQ’s Locals Only playlist. The track boasts a slightly ominous feel, but definitely manages to create a catchy melody that was enjoyed by just about everyone in the room. Never falling short of the energy level it displayed when it first hit the stage, Ceasefire ended the evening on a high note.
Article by Cassie Rossel, for OrangeCounty.com. Photos by Alexander Avina, for OrangeCounty.com. - ENCORE SHOW REVIEW


Discography

In the Dead of Night EP 07/30/2013

Track Listing

1. I Want to Know
2. Wake Up
3. Always
4. In the Dead of Night
5. My Way
6. We're Not Breaking

This Love Ep 2012

Track listing

1.This love will tear us apart
2.Heartache
3.It's You
4.Heaven Knows

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Bio

The sum total of Ceasefire can be broken down into the individual parts that compose this project of passion. Where music is just a pastime or hobby for some, Ray Alexander (vocals), Kamren Alexander (guitar), and Anthony Hainsworth (drums) believe in it as a lifestyle. And while the band’s name may indicate a pause in the action, the music is a bombastic expression of the human experience and they’ve only just begun.

Ceasefire have one goal and that is to be a sonic force of a rock band that moves the head as well as the strings of the heart. Formed in 2011 and based in Orange County, CA they are known foremost for their incredible live performances, Ray’s captivating vocal presence and Kamren’s razor sharp guitar hooks that are part art, part science. Theirs is a sound that channels 80s new wave, 90s arena rock and elements of homage to their broad stretch of influences which range from Joy Division to Oasis, Morrissey to Pink Floyd and the Cure to ELO (yes, that ELO).

How Ceasefire came to be follows the same pattern as many other bands: we have the Myspace classifieds to thank for Anthony and Brothers Ray and Kamren seemed to know at an early age that music was their future and have become the band’s primary lyricists and the songs are what their feelings sound like. A melody, a guitar tone, a chord or an audio experiment can be the catalyst for what eventually becomes the next dynamic song like the post-punk air strike, “Heaven Knows.” “This is a band that plays the same sort of rock that fills arenas at every U2 show”-Orange County Music ExaminerAnd arenas are what Ceasefire is aiming for.

In 2013 the boys entered the studio with Josh Mosser (Imagine Dragons, Iron Man 3: Heroes Fall, Christina Aguilera, Skylar Grey) and Mark Needham (Imagine Dragons, Neon Trees, Walk the Moon, Youngblood Hawke) to record their first single, "In The Dead Of Night," which is one of their favorite and most propulsive songs to play live. They’ve shared the stage with Everclear, Daughtry and Dramarama, were nominated for Best Live Band at the 2012 OC Music Awards and have had their music featured in episodes MTV programs such as The Hills, The City and The Real World. This is a band on the ascent.

Band Members