Local Music Roundup (2/24/11)

Finale Hill Puts Out New EP

It’s been an eventful month for Finale Hill, some the youngest Rock N’ Roll guns of Asbury Park.  On the 9th, the band released an EP, The Basement Sessions (Vol. 2), a five song collection of originals written and recorded in the Maraday borthers’ (Jimi – Guitar/Vocals, Kane – Bass/Vocals) basement, which can be downloaded for free here, and eight days later parted ways with lead guitarist Kevin Basko in the midst of recording Finale Hill’s debut record in New York.

The band’s Facebook page states that the separation was “mutually agreed” upon and the Finale Hill does plan to press on, minus Basko.

“It is important for our fans and friends to know that there is absolutely no hostility between the remaining members of the band and Kevin, who has been, and will always remain, a very close friend of ours. We wish Kevin the best of luck in the future,” read the official statement.

“The band will continue to move forward despite this change and we will continue to make music for our fans and for our own enjoyment,” the statement maintained.  “This is what we love to do and we plan on working very hard to impress those who are important to us by making delicious music.”

I’m a huge fan of this new Kings Of Leon-ish (if that can be considered an adjective) cut from Finale Hill’s The Basement Sessions (Vol. 2), and look forward to the release of the outfit’s yet to be titled debut record.


The Obvious Make Bringing Wreck EP Available

Asbury Park Punk outfit The Obvious has recently made its 2010 Bringing Wreck EP available for download.  The five-track collection of sonic napalm was produced by legendary Bouncing Souls axe-wielder Pete Steinkopf.

No Wine For Kittens’ Rick Barry Releases New Solo-Track

Last week, Rick Barry of No Wine For Kittens, winners of Top Indie Act and owners of Song Of The Year at the 2010 Asbury music Awards, released a new single named “Annie In Stereo.”  Check out the track and download if for free here...however, monetary donations are being accepted.

Lost In Society Readies New EP

The Oakhurst Punk trio Lost In Society is finishing up recording a new EP named Give Me Your Hope.  According to a statement made by Zach Moyle on the band’s Facebook page “All of the lead vocals are tracked.  Background vocals are on Friday [tomorrow], then we’re all done tracking.  Everything is running smoothly.  We should get the mixes within the first two weeks of March.”  Check out a preview of the record below:

Lost In Society will share a bill with End Of An Era, Matt Wade, Carpet ride, and Our Last Sin at The Brighton Bar next Thursday for the finals of the Metromix Breakthru contest set for next Thursday.  Doors are at 7 p.m. and it’s completely free to enter.

End Of An Era’s Debut Full-Length Out Saturday

Toms River Electro-Rockers End Of An Era have a record release party on Saturday evening at The Brighton Bar to celebrate the group’s self-titled debut album.  The band will party with Zydrate, Scarecrow Hill, The Magnums, and Scantily Clad.  The show is sold out, but down the shore, we’re not above dancing in the streets, so come out anyway and show your support.

Quincy Mumford & Company Announce A New Record

On Tuesday, via Facebook, Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why posted that the band will be releasing a new record sometime in the near future stating “We will be releasing the date and location for the NEW CD release party any day now.”  Stay tuned for details on that.

Almost There Is Back In The Studio

Ocean Township Pop-Punk outfit Almost There is back in the studio recording at least one song according to a post made on the band’s Facebook page last week.  As of right now there are no other details to report as the group’s bassist Zach Sicherman denied SIMGE any information on the music being recorded, the recording location, or the personnel working with the band.  Stay tuned for details…maybe.  In the meantime, read up on the band’s pair of 2010 EPs, Losing Someone To Find Yourself and Silver Lake, both of which made SIMGE’s Top 12 EPs of 2010 list.

If you’re a local band that’s recently released, or plans to release, a work, send an e-mail to rotolo3@tcnj.edu. Feel free to attach a track or a link where folks can hear your music if it so pleases you.

About rote7123

Chris graduated from The College Of New Jersey in May 2011 with a Bachelor Degree in Journalism and Professional Writing, as well as a degree in Communication Studies. He has held down a position in the Asbury Park Press’ Sports Department since September of 2010 and is a contributor to the outlet's Arts & Entertainment section, and has contributed to The Aquarian Weekly all while being the sole operator of Asbury Park's premier music news outlet Speak Into My Good Eye.
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