RECAP: Scarlet Cord EP Release Party

Words: Raelyn Batacan
Photo: Jason Perez

Man, do I love alternative bands and hearing them live. Scarlet Cord held their first ever EP Release party at the Studio in Hawaiian Brian’s this past Sunday, September 27. The band wasn’t expecting that many people, the Studio was a good full house.

Special people who arrived early were given a food ticket to get a mushroom or bleu cheese slide, some fried kim chee as well as their yummy sriracha balls provided by the band’s favorite bar Osoyami Bar and Grill. [Check out their business on Yelp!]


The event started some time after 8 p.m. with The Bitten, a band of three middle schoolers with talent. The female lead has a voice of Hayley Williams of Paramore. They were pretty good especially for starting off with one of my personal favorites, “I Miss You” by Blink 182.


The next opener was their good friend, Scott Magz, and his friend. Scott is from Maui and sings like an angel. He sang covers from Fall Out Boy and Yellowcard and even did some originals – which spoke to everyone in the room who wasn’t in a relationship.


Finally, sometime after 10 p.m. Scarlet Cord went on and everyone went nuts (Yes, I screamed for our fellow Flow Fam member, Reese) This was my first time hearing the band live and once they started their cover of “Skyway Avenue” by We The Kings, I became a fan. They sang songs from their EP and a few covers.

One of their songs, “Stopwatch, written by David (rhythm guitar and vocals) to his long-distance girlfriend in Japan, was touching. It touched his parents too, who were in the crowd, hearing about it for the first time. The bands sync through playful jokes with one another and if I had to say one thing about them, it’s hair flips. They’ve all got pretty good hair and their hair flips are on point.

Like every other concert in Hawaii the crowd screams for a hana hou. Iliahi and Scott joined the band for their final encore singing a cover of “Sugar We’re Going Down,” another Fall Out Boy favorite. Also, sometime during Mac ‘N Cheese, the drummer broke the bass drum.


Preston, lead vocals, quickly thanked the crowd for being awesome and not expecting that many people had come hoped that they were able to get everyone a hard copy of their EP.

Great job Scarlet Cord!

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