“Lifted” by Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why
Winners of the 2010 Asbury Music Award for “Top Young Band,” among others in past years, Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why transfuse that familiar Jersey Shore sound with a vibe akin to a sandy beach-side shindig around a fire pit, with waves tumbling a shore under the pale moonlight. No, I’m not going to recite you a poem, this next track is balladry enough.
“Emily Part 1” by no Wine For Kittens
This next track was named “Song Of The Year” at the 2010 Asbury Music Awards and created by the “Top Indie Rock Band,” No Wine For Kittens. The Asbury Park collective features a pair of lead singers, Rick Barry and Nikki Whit, who do so in unison, and a Jangle-Pop guitar sound that’s none too elaborate, yet oh so enticing.
“B.S.O.L.” by The Dead & Gone
No photos of these New Brunswick basement dwellers exist, apparently, I mean, I couldn’t find any, and I’m rather skilled at that sort of thing, but no photographic accompaniment is needed to develop an idea of what these Rockabilly-Punks are all about. The following track reflects the outfit’s unrivaled ferocity, jagged vocal work, and snarling guitar riffs that could cause the most insane of brain seeking zombie to off itself.
“Right Where We Want You” by End Of An Era
This Toms River five-piece can best be described as an evil Industrial-Rock outfit with a lead singer, Jeff Wallace, who’s vocal range can flex from an anguished wail to a guttural shriek, and a two-headed guitar attack that pumps powerful electronic pulses of adrenaline straight to the heart of listeners, inducing a shocking revitalization, much like Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction, only much more sinister. The record release party for the band’s debut full-length will be held on February 26th at The Brighton Bar in Long Branch, also featuring Scantily Clad and Zydrate.
“Wreckless” by Finale Hill
This collection of young guns from Millstone play a soulful brand of Hard-Rock that caught the ear of Tara Elliott & The Red Velvets, who added the budding rock stars to its inaugural Asbury Rocks! party at The Wonder Bar last month. I expect big things to come.