The band Amorella, previously known as Mocean, is an alternative/hard rock band from Virginia Beach that prides itself on not being limited to just one genre. As Mocean they were concerned mostly with doing covers, but adorned the new name as a way to transfer over to doing strictly original material.
The band consists of four guys, Nick Gargiulo on lead vocals and guitar, Jacob Caburian on guitar and back-up vocals, Clayton Sargent on drums and Shane Royer doing back-up vocals and playing bass. They’ve been happily playing together for four years.
“We are musicians that decided to become friends rather than the other way around, and this really helped us focus on the music first,” said Gargiulo. “The band is the heartbeat of our friendship!”
They worked together for a year on their debut album,“Amorella,” which was released with ten tracks on May 1, 2015. This will be their first time playing at the NorVA as Amorella and they are beyond excited to perform their new album at such a great venue. After the show the boys plan on going to college at the end of August, but have assured that they are going to gig around, write up some new tunes and get some new merchandise in the works as well. Amorella draws influence from amazing bands such as Nirvana, Kings of Leon and Rage Against the Machine.
But this is not just any concert, not only do you get to enjoy the music but you also get to donate to a good cause as well. Proceeds of the show will be sent straight to the Combat Wounded Coalition, a non-profit organization formerly known as Wounded Wear. It assists combat wounded warriors by “mitigating the effects of trauma, expanding personal capabilities and inspiring our heroes to find individual unique purpose to create the life and future they desire.” They provide free Wounded Wear clothing as well as clothing modifications to soldiers who have been injured. In order to show them that there are no boundaries they cannot overcome, they take them skydiving in an event known as Jumping for Purpose.
Also, one of the most important things they offer is support by providing partner services and give the warriors connections to help them with education, housing and even employment.
“We chose this organization because we live in an area full of veterans and military families,” said Gargiulo. “We owe everything to them for making it possible for people like us to say what we want through music.” While Amorella has played numerous charity events before, this is the first charity show completely put on by them.
Three special guests will also be joining them: Valhalla, Archers Hope and Until the Wind Shift. All of them are from the Hampton Roads area. And for those who have not experienced Amorella yet, they hope you come and share their obvious love for music.
“If you have listened to our debut album, you know that our music is pure and honest, we play music because we love it. This album is a culmination of a year of constant writing and rewriting. We put everything we had into this record, and we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out,” Gargiulo said.
Doors at the NorVA open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are ten dollars in advance or 12 dollars the day of the show. You can purchase tickets online through the NorVA site or on axs. Also, if you want to learn more about Amorella, check out their Facebook and you can listen to their entire first album on BandCamp.