First impressions of the New Jersey-bred hard rock band Pete. suggest the quartet covers much the same ground as so many other recent similar outfits, with Disturbed and Papa Roach coming immediately to mind. Upon further inspection, Pete.’s first L.A. pay-date revealed a dynamic and talented group with enough gas in the creative tank to propel it beyond the one-dimensional efforts of similar bands.
Group displayed a strong sense of drama in front of a couple hundred (mostly industry) listeners that recalled more thoughtful acts like Live and Pearl Jam, as well as an impressive songwriting capacity that allowed each of the seven songs offered to maintain their own sense of individual purpose.
“Tonight is not an easy night to play,” singer David Terrana told the smallish crowd before launching into their melodic song “All Love Is a Lie.” “But we’re going to carry on with the show,” he said, as the band mounted their first gig after a series of cancellations following last week’s East Coast attacks.
Standout during the 30-minute set included the twisted love tale “Cold Cocked,” catchy recent single “Sweet Daze,” and closer “Drugstore Alibi,” which raged with Stone Temple Pilots-like fire.