By Esperanza Juarez
Students at the University Park were treated to a live concert
when Huntington Beach-based band The Sweet Repose stopped by to put
on a show during University hour as part of Associated Students,
Incorporated’s U-Rock live outdoor concert series last Tuesday.
The Sweet Repose was the third concert for this quarter’s U-Rock
lineup. Previous U-Rock artists featured throughout the quarter
were Marae and MayDay! MayDay!.
The Sweet Repose’s band members Tommy Miller, on lead vocals,
and bassist Greg Marony performed an acoustic set of about nine
For Miller and Marony, The Sweet Repose has been years in the
“Greg and I have been friends for a very long time. In 7th grade
we had our first venture into rock n’ roll as a punk band where
Greg was the singer and I played drums,” said Miller. “After 12
drummers and a few name changes we became The Sweet Repose.”
Miller kicked off the performance by thanking Cal Poly for
allowing the band to play on campus.
The Sweet Repose, whose musical influences range from Death Cab
For Cutie to The Beatles, performed songs off of their second EP
“Our Hands Are Stained.”
The band’s sound has been compared to that of The Police,
Dashboard Confessional and Jimmy Eat World, to name a few.
Members of The Sweet Repose are keeping busy with their latest
“Expect a full length [album] out next spring. (…) It will be
glorious,” said Miller.
The Bronco Events and Activities Team, which is overseen by ASI,
hosts numerous events throughout the school year, which include
concerts such as the U-Rock shows.
“We do a lot of research [before we book a band],” said Karlo
Arenas, Programs and Marketing Development assistant for ASI. “We
have a committee that looks through all the demos [that we get] and
make sure that we have quality music coming to our campus.”
ASI B.E.A.T. seems to have done just that when they booked The
Sweet Repose, which has been referred to by the Orange County
Register as “one of Orange County’s best bands.”
The U-Rock series allows students a chance to learn about new
artists and bands by bringing the music directly to campus, which
is exciting for music aficionados.
“I like [having shows on campus]. It gives me something to
listen to during my lunch break. This is my first time checking
[one] out this quarter, but last quarter I watched a lot of them.
They’re pretty cool,” said Jeffrey Chase, a second-year mechanical
“[The U-Rock concert series] doesn’t really benefit [students]
academically but it definitely adds to their college experience.
Stuff like this makes people want to stay on campus (…) so people
can have fun,” said Arenas.
The last U-Rock concert of the quarter will be held today during
university hour when Population Game stops by the Cal Poly campus
to play a show all their own. ASI B.E.A.T. is in the early planning
stages for Winter 2007’s U-Rock concert series.
The Sweet Repose has an upcoming show at the Plush Cafe in the
Downtown Fullerton area on Dec. 16 as they join other artists as
part of the “Plush Family Christmas Special.”
“If you plan on coming wear some sort of tacky Cosby sweater or
an elf suit,” said Miller.
Esperanza Juarez can be reached by e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (909) 869-3744.
The Sweet Repose Plays in U-Rock Concert Series
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