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YOUTHYEAR + Friends Present: Home for the Holidays

YOUTHYEAR + Friends Present: Home for the Holidays

Sat, Dec 16 - 7pm

Presented by Gateway City Arts


The Divine Theater


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Always Manic Album Release

Always Manic formed in 2018, has one EP out entitled “Everglow,” and an album called “Grief” released August 2023. Leah Rantz of Lazer 99.3 can quoted as saying the song, “Medicine Makes Me is a callback to early millennia rock when music was loud, rambunctious and fun. With a catchy hook that easily wedges into memory and stays put, the song is completely seamless. Every member has their part to play and is given their moment to shine without feeling forced or janky. Medicine Makes Me glides through the ears with an ease that can only remind one of early Foo Fighter’s work: realized, memorable and special.”

Failed To Say Debut Show

Failed to Say, is a Western Mass-based rock band new to the scene, but wise beyond years. Frontwoman, Mimi Herrick, writes melodies and lyrics of transparent and honest truths that any listener can find themselves immersed in. From sultry melodies to gritty screams of anguish, the Failed to Say vocalist gets the point across – love and life are hard, but worth it. Guitarist Armand Koher created Failed to Say to bring his riffs to life. With the help of lead guitarist, Paul Blaze, bassist, Danny Rivera, and Drummer, Ben Abert, Failed to Say has woven every emotion and note together to create a journey for listeners to be able to connect with and a live show you can’t help but groove to. Though the band is newly emerging to the scene, it’s musicians have been integral players in Western Mass’ music scene history. From studio to stage, the years of experience is overwhelming. Failed to Say is slated to be in studio at the end of the year and working on their single “Fake Smiles”, a tune about the struggles of respect, and balance of routine to be released in 2024


Lunelle is the stage name of Gabbi Lunardini, a Nashville based alt-pop artist and songwriter originally from Western Massachusetts.

Growing up in the early 2000’s on Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Nirvana, and Avril Lavigne, Gabbi quickly fell in love with female powered pop music— and the dream of doing it herself. It wasn’t long before that dream became a reality, and listening to her favorite CDs every day after school and performing to the walls of her bedroom, led her to playing shows all over the east coast and selling out hometown venues. Simultaneously she crafted her sound through vibrant vision boards, honest lyrics, and ethereal vocals, and the vision for Lunelle was born. In 2020 she took that vision even farther and moved to Nashville, bringing her colorful dreamworld with her.

Soon after arriving, she teased a dream-pop cover of Taylor Swift’s, ‘Fearless’ that she started in her bedroom. It wasn’t long before it gained traction on TikTok and became her very first indie release, with 1.7 million streams across streaming platforms. It took on a momentum of its own and was organically added to Spotify’s editorial playlists, ‘Fresh Finds’ and ‘softly’ as well as nearly 21,000 listener’s personal playlists. Her other cover of ‘heat waves’ was added to Spotfy’s ‘Sad Hour’ and sat on Spotify’s ‘night pop’ for 6 nearly months with over 600,000 streams. All without a label.

In the middle of her time in the studio in 2022, her lung spontaneously collapsed. It’s been a ruthless recovery ever since her lung surgery. Though, it has truly put physical & mental health in the forefront for Gabbi. It has challenged her to advocate for herself in so many ways. During her recovery she has still managed to write, record, and has continued to pour her life experiences into her music. It’s been a vital part of her healing process. She’s more open than ever about her mental & physical health with her fans & friends and she’s been able to help others struggling. This will be a monumental part of her journey as an artist now and she strives to make others struggling with pain of any kind, feel seen and heard. 

With a growing following and eager fans, she is currently writing and recording her debut EP with producer & songwriter Eric Paquette (Lit, YOUTHYEAR), songwriter Eben Wares (Justin Bieber), and Cameron Walker (Royal & The Serpent, Sabrina Carpenter). Combining warm synths, loud guitars, and dreamy vocals, she is crafting a collection of songs that make you want to lay on the floor and cry, drive through the city at night, call out your ex, and dance with your best friends all at once. Complicated feelings, ex-lovers, friendships, and self-discovery are weaved into lyrics that make you feel understood in this crazy world.

Lunelle is set to launch her first single at the top of 2024.


YOUTHYEAR is the moniker of Eric Paquette, a Nashville-based artist, songwriter, and producer hailing from Western Massachusetts. 

Having written and played his first songs and shows by the time he was 12, the DIY punk rock attitude has been with Eric since the start. Skate parks, VFW’s, youth halls, and basement shows turned into club shows, tours, SXSW, and sharing the stage with acts such as The 1975, The Misfits, Jimmy Eat World, 311, My Chemical Romance, Imagine Dragons, AWOLNATION, The All-American Rejects, ?uestlove, and Panic! At The Disco among many others. 

Just like he taught himself how to write songs at an early age, Eric learned how to record and produce music on his own and uses that skill to write for film, tv, and to collaborate with other artists. RCA recording artist Kulick launched his career with Eric’s song “Ghost”, which charted on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs and was featured in the World Cup. Eric has gone on to create music featured on MTV, VH1, USA, A&E, Netflix, ESPN, Fox and NBC Sports, The Voice and most major television networks. 

Alongside close writing and production partner Carlo Colasacco (Shinedown, Sueco, Jaguar Twin, One Ok Rock), the two co-wrote and co-produced the new album from iconic 90s rock band Lit, whose multi-platinum hit single “My Own Worst Enemy” is still in iHeart radio’s top 10 rock songs and in constant rotation. The new album, Tastes Like Gold, features collaborations from American Authors, Butch Walker, and Adrian Young of No Doubt. In recent interviews with Alternative Press and Spin Magazine, Lit called TLG “the record we wanted to make, and then some.” Singer Ajay told Spin, “It’s the most excited I’ve been in decades about a new record of ours”.  The single, “Mouth Shut,” secured a spot on the video game Rock Band 4. Rock Cellar Magazine calls the first single “Yeah Yeah Yeah” a “crowd pleasing-anthem” and credits the song as “bringing back the 90s,” while Loudwire quotes the sound as “finding a good marriage between the classic sound of 1999 with a modern production vibe”.

Having been heavily inspired by ‘90s and 2000s rock, YOUTHYEAR’s upcoming debut EP and sound is exactly that: a collection of post-party/post-relationship songs with elements of nü-school pop-punk, 90s nostalgia, hip-hop, and alternative rock. It all started with a song called “Wake Up”, written about self-sabotage and struggling with sobriety. With the juxtaposition of a happy melody blended with grungey guitars and a Dr. Dre style beat, it feels so much like a party anthem, that you might miss the darker undertones. Carlo and Eric wrote and produced the EP together and brought on Grammy-nominated producer Pete Nappi (GAYLE’s “abcdefu”, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Kesha, 5SOS, Maroon 5, Jonas Brothers, Dreamers, Sueco, Blackbear, Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park) for an upcoming single. 

Over the last year YOUTHYEAR played his first shows with his live band in Nashville, TN including dates at the Basement East, Exit/In, Marathon Music Works (Nashville) and The Middle East in Boston, MA, sharing the stage with Mayday Parade, Say Anything, Relient K, Knox, Lil Lotus & more.

YOUTHYEAR released the collab “Remember This” with platinum-selling alt-rock artist Sam Tinnesz just before summer. The song is a nostalgic ballad that tips its hat to alt giants like Green Day and Goo Goo Dolls with its gut wrenchingly emotional lyrics and melody. The sparse but classic mix of the duo’s vocals, acoustics, and live strings pull you back into those moments in life you’ll remember forever. Some more recent co-production and co-writer credits include more releases with Sam Tinnesz and with Chad Tepper on label Epitaph Records. Sam Tinnesz’s song made Alternative Press’s “12 Best Alternative Songs For Your Christmas Party” next to the likes of Blink 182, Weezer, and Fall Out Boy. 

YOUTHYEAR is set to release music this fall including the single “21 Ways My Life Is Great”, an up-beat, alt-rock, “so glad it’s finally over” breakup song that captures the explosive joy of finally being free of a toxic relationship.