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LAist dutifully got decked out last night in our latest hipster gear to check out the Subways at Cinespace. It happened to coincide with DJ Steve Aoki’s birthday party. What did this mean? Mayhem at the door until the doormen had the brilliant idea to only have one line instead of the Hollywood Three that seems to form all the time (one for the every-man, one for the kinda-special and one for whom no rules apply). It didn’t help that Cinespace had a private party until 11pm and only started letting people in at 11:30. But once the line started really moving you could hear a collective sigh of relief from the scenesters as they shuffled their way to the door.

The crowd inside was split between the two rooms, in the front Yeah Yeah Yeahs look alikes jimmied and jammed out to an upbeat mix of new and old hip hop with an 80’s blend while hard-core music fans waited in the back room for the Subways to perform.

And wait they did. The Subways went on slightly after 12:30 AM with a high-energy set performed by the trio of Billy Lunn (guitars/vocals), Mary-Charlotte Cooper (bass/vocals), Josh Morgan (drums). Billy and Josh are half-brothers and Bill and Mary-Charlotte are smitten kittens so the chemistry was alive and well with the Subways fresh off their O.C. performace Nov. 19th. These teenaged performers took punk and indie and mashed it together with attitude-fueled grunge to create what many are calling, deep breath folks, the next Death Cab.

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The crowd thinned slightly after 4 songs; the sound quality and ability to see shows at Cinespace is not what they’re known for but it was just as well for us. LAist and the other faithfuls got a real treat as the Subways launched in “Holiday” and “Mary” – their British lips curled as they jumped around the stage and got the crowd clapping. Their February 2006 stateside single (and O.C. performed song) is going to be “Rock & Roll Queen” and while not royalty yet, the future is promising for this young band.

Interested in going to Cinespace on a Tuesday? On the plus parking is relatively easy in the area, LAist found a spot right across the street (meters are only enforced from 8AM-6PM), but you must have patience with the line and also the homeless hopefuls who prey on cigarettes and money for weed from those waiting to get in. Once inside, take it all in, it doesn’t get much more indie and Hollywood than this. Don’t believe us or have an early morning wake-up call? You can always check in with Mark Hunter aka The Cobrasnake for pics from the night.