Warner Drive continued their month long residency at The Viper Room, on Feb. 6. They were the opening acts along with DeLuka, Lovetease and The Black Marquee. Open Hand was the headlining act.
Jonny Law is the lead vocalist, Candice Levinson and Ryan Harris are the guitarists, Jonny Udell is the drummer and Elvis James is the bassist of Warner Drive. Levinson, Harris and James are also the backup vocalists.
Law told the audience this was their second night of their residency and how every Wednesday was “hump day”. He was looking forward to what would happen after Warner Drive’s set, with the female gender. During the opening instrumental “Intro”, Law dedicated “Drinking ‘Til You’re Drowning” to the drinkers at the venue.
After Warner Drive’s cover of Bad Religion’s “21st Century Digital Boy”, Law reminisced about the Los Angeles music scene on the Sunset Strip of 1989. He talked about the fine line between the musicians of the Glam Rock scene and the Punk Rock scene. He provided a compare and contrast picture with examples of Glam Rock’s Mötley Crüe and Punk Rock’s NOFX. James noticed a friend, Jackie Joyride, and a stranger requested him to remove his shirt but he refused.
When “21st Century Digital Boy” came to end, James gave praise to The Black Marquee. Law proceeded to thank everyone whom graced the stage with them the week before, the evening and those whom will be sharing the stage with them for their upcoming residency dates.
James dedicated “Faking Smiles” to his best friend, Udell. Afterwards, another request was heard for Law to remove his shirt after the song. He declined once again and explained his reasoning was he had shaven his nipples, earlier in the day. Then, James asked her to go first and she quickly declined.
Before “The Shocker”, Law asked everyone where they were from.
“San Diego!” One yelled from the bar.
Law mentioned they would be playing at The Ruby Room, on Feb. 8. He went onto request for Levinson to count in Swedish or French, after she had learned the languages from their last tour in Europe. She chose French and they followed with the song. Harris had a guitar solo, during the performance.
“Fully Loaded”, “OK K-GO!”, “The Scarecrow”, “West Memphis Three”, “Radio Love Song”, “Price Check for Love on Aisle 5” and “Metal Bridge” were also part of Warner Drive’s set.