Origin: Long Island, New York
Genre: Melodic hardcore
Years active: 1997-2003, 2010-2011, 2014-present
Vinnie Caruana – lead vocals (1997-2003, 2010-2011, 2014-present)
Brandon Reilly – guitar (1997-2003, 2010-2011, 2014-present)
Dan Navetta – guitar (2001-2003, 2010-2011, 2014-present)
Phil Navetta – bass (1997-2003, 2010-2011, 2014-present)
Evan Baken – drums (1997-2003, 2010-2011, 2014-present)
Eddie Reyes – guitar (1997)
Dave O’Connell – guitar (1997)
Alex Amiruddin – guitar (1997-2001)
Nick Ghanbarian – bass (1997)
It’s Go Time (1999)
This Time Next Year (2000)
Forty Hour Train Back to Penn (2003) Billboard 200 peak No. 164
Demos and EPs
Red Demo (1997)
White Demo (1998)
The Movielife/Ex Number Five (Split EP) (2001)
The Movielife Has a Gambling Problem (2001)
The Movielife is an influential Long Island band composed of vocalist Vinnie Caruana, bassist Phil Navetta, guitarist Brandon Reilly, drummer Evan Baken, and guitarist Dan Navetta. The band originally formed in 1997 and disbanded in 2003, but recently announced their official reunion in December 2014.
In 1997, The Movielife was formed and soon went from basement shows to supporting its debut album, It’s Go Time, which was released on Fadeaway Records. In 2000, This Time Next Year was released by Revelation Records. In 2001, The Movielife signed to Drive-Thru Records, and the Has a Gambling Problem EP was released. While en route to their next show the band wrecked their van in Jamestown, North Dakota. While the accident luckily only caused minor injuries, the mental anguish and already stressed relationships between the band members began to tear. During the recording of the follow-up full length, founding member Alex Amiruddin quit to start Keep Breathing. He was replaced by Dan Navetta, Phil’s younger brother. In 2003, Forty Hour Train Back to Penn was released, and The Movielife again set out on tour in support of the effort.
On September 27, 2003, a note on the band’s website revealed that The Movielife had decided to break up. Most of the members of The Movielife went on to form other bands; Vinnie Caruana formed I Am the Avalanche, Brandon Reilly formed Nightmare of You, in which Phil Navetta also played briefly, but has since left and currently resides in Queens, NY. Dan Navetta went on to form Heavy Rescue.
In January 2008, Vinnie Caruana addressed rumors of a reunion by saying “The Movielife will not be reuniting. The Movielife has been offered ample opportunities to reunite for a show and no one wants to do it but me.” On April 6, 2008 at The Bamboozle Left in Irvine, California Vinnie performed a set of The Movielife with Set Your Goals backing. Vinnie also played a set of The Movielife with Set Your Goals on May 3, 2008 at The Bamboozle in New Jersey..
On December 16, 2010 a video was posted on Vinnie Caruana’s YouTube account featuring Vinnie and Brandon Riley, announcing that The Movielife will be playing at The Bamboozle (2011) in New Jersey, marking their first performance in almost 8 years.
On August 26, 2011, The Movielife played their last show at the Best Buy Theater in New York. The show opened with special appearances by Brand New and Crime In Stereo.
On December 15, 2014 The Movielife announced that they would be getting back together and announced their first shows since 2011 in New York City, NY at Irving Plaza on February 6 and 7 2015.
The Movielife announced several additional shows in 2015. The US locations include Philadelphia, San Francisco, Pomona, West Hollywood, Cleveland, and Syracuse. The band will also play several shows in the UK. Cities include London, Birmingham, and Manchester. [