“Scarlet Carson is no shrinking violet!” exclaimed my own Asbury Park Press in a recent story, referencing the band’s unabashed adoration for attention commanding hair styles, 1980s L.A. Strip Glam-Metal monikers like front-man Santino Hollywood and bass plucker Mike O’Mayhem, and stage antics that put Jacoby Shaddix to shame.
And although this manic act’s practice of “Dirty Jersey Rock N’ Roll” could not win over the entire Starland Ballroom audience last Sunday evening, as the expected slights flew out of the shadows from bodies unseen such as “I hated Papa Roach the first time,” with several dueling guitar solos from its single pseudonym owning axe-man, Stone, and rhythm guitarist Tommy Licore, as well as shrieking weasel vocals from Hollywood, and big beats pounded out by Raab (not himself), Scarlet Carson captivated a majority of the Starland Ballroom audience, that included a healthy share of Red Bank’s own Inked Up Angels, earning the band an opening spot on Jagermeister’s 2011 Music Tour featuring Buckcherry, All That Remains, Hellyeah, and The Damned Things, which rolls through Sayreville next Sunday.
Another local act on hand was the headliner from Ocean Township, Almost There. The Pop-Rocking Punks ran through a set of originals, most notably its latest single “I Cried Wolf” which the crowd demanded in earnest, with a couple of covers interspersed throughout the mix, including what has become a staple in the outfit’s setlist, the band’s electrified rendition of the Super Mario Bros theme-song. The video-game classic seems to have evolved into a fan favorite, and even managed to draw applause from the most loyal fans of opposing collectives.
When all the songs had been sung and no more notes were to be played, a music enthusiast from Monroe named Lauren gave the show a grade of two Wu-Tangs, whatever that may mean, she seemed to have a good time.
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