at Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, New Jersey, USA, September 17, 2011

Park Lane invaded Sayreville, New Jersey, USA on September 17, 2011 as support for national act Fuel. The crowd was plentiful, and the large club, Starland Ballroom, suddenly felt quite small. Carley Coma, singer formerly of Candiria, along with guitarists Mike Keller and Grayson Hurd, Clayton Wages on bass, and Cameron Stucky hitting the drums made their way to the stage and began with “Silence” to get the swarm warmed up. No one, incidentally, was “silent”.  Usually, these types of shows have 3 or 4 bands performing before the ‘main act’ comes on, and usually the bands that perform prior to the headliners are playing to deaf ears. In other words, this is typically the time to hit the bar before the real show begins. This was definitely not the case regarding Park Lane. The crowd was every bit there for them, as they were for Fuel.

This is no small wonder as the band kept their brand of Melodic Metal coming. After “Silence” they performed “Never Alone” followed by “Things We Believe”, which seemed to be a fan favorite (and can be heard on their new full length album, Letters From The Fire, out September 20, 2011). Each of these guys has their own distinct stage persona, but Carley moves like a snake charmer is trying to bring him up out of a basket. Clayton, well, let’s just say this guy has a chiropractor in his future from his sharp neck movements. Insane; funny; and entertaining!

Park Lane played “The Edge”, the first single off Letters From The Fire, which would give someone who is not familiar with Park Lane a good idea of what they’re all about.  Following “The Edge” were “Mirrors”, “Love Again” (definitely the softest side of Park Lane), then “My Escape”. The band chose to close with a cover, and an interesting choice; Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved”. This was a huge departure from what Bob had in mind, but was an excellent take on a classic song.

Park Lane — see them live … now!


  • Justine Bevan

    Justin was a reviewer and interviewer here at Metal Express Radio, based in New Jersey, USA. She loves KISS and became a KISS Army member at the age of 6. She started playing drums when she was 13 and taught herself by ear, then later learned how to read music. Her musical tastes expanded even further after she started playing drums and began listening to everything from Metallica to Queensrÿche to 70s based Southern Rock. She is also a big fan of what are known as "hair bands", or Melodic Rock/Melodic Metal. She was a music major in college (the first time around). Justin wrote for several publications in the 80s and 90s, including Hit Parader and Faces.

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