Local Music Roundup (3/17/11)

Almost There Records New Track

“It’s more of a love song,” said Almost There drummer Phill Serzan of the band’s newly recorded track. “We got bored of the post breakup tragedy songs.”

Last night, in a studio on the campus of Monmouth University, the Ocean Township Pop-Punk three-piece recorded its first new song since the release of Silver Lake, the group’s third studio EP that dropped in September.

The track, which has yet to be named, is rumored to be the first of four new songs being laid down by the band, and if the new recording process utilized by Almost There yesterday evening is any indication of how this session will proceed, a new EP from this outfit could be released in the very near future.

“We all recorded together at the same time,” said Serzan,  “no cutting and pasting.  We got in the studio, set up, I clicked a four-count on the sticks, and all three of us recorded a  tight new song.”

This style of recording was alien to the outfit, but Serzan is confident in the outcome.

“This was the first time we’ve recorded in this fashion,” revealed the stick wielder, “and it just proves how solid a group of studio musicians we are.  We don’t get flustered when trying something different or out of the ordinary in the studio…And thats what I love about Almost There, we can record a new song on the spot.”

The song was completed last night, and although Serzan was pleased with what he heard,  Almost There does plan to revisit the recording next week to finalize it.

“At the end of the night we got to hear the recordings,” Serzan disclosed.  “They’re raw and they rule!”

The Downrights’ New EP %97 Complete

As reported prior, Union County Punkabilly outfit, The Downrights, is prepping its follow up EP to the band’s 2010 debut Into The Dark, and the record is nearly complete.

“The vocals are 99% done,” read a post on the group’s Facebook profile made on Wednesday, “which makes us 97% done with the album…”

“We had an incredible session tonight,” the post continued.  “Everything is falling into place quite nicely if you ask us.  We really hope you’re ready for this.  We’re gonna get you when this comes out.  Don’t say we didn’t warn you.  Just adding the finishing touches, then we are donezo! Gonna be straight fire.”

Kid Is Qual Readies New Release With Video

The Virginia Dance-Punk three-piece, Kid Is Qual, fronted by Jon Sullivan (formerly of Jack’s Mannequin), has bombarded Jersey’s premier Rock clubs over the past few months with a two-pronged bass guitar attack and overtly danceable drum compositions that one would usually need a computer program to construct.

Currently the band is in New York finalizing a “proper” debut EP, compared to the band’s three-track demo released last year, that was still savage enough to make SIMGE’s List Of Top EPs in 2010.

The outfit also plans to release a music video for its song “Knights Of Ole” in the near future.  Check out the trailer here.

Interpol Is Coming To Asbury

On, Monday, the Indie-Rock four-piece posted a message on its Web site that read, “We’re pleased to announce the addition of an Asbury Park, NJ show at the Paramount Theater on April 6th.”

Tickets go on sale tomorrow.

Man Overboard Helps Support Japan

The Burlington County Pop-Punk group Man Overboard has contributed “Different People,” a rare track of the band’s, the new compilation album put out by Limited Pressing and Red Hand Recording named Vs. The Earthquake, in an attempt to raise money for those in Japan affected by the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan last week.

Also featured on the 22-track compilation are such acts as The Wonder Years, The Swellers, Mixtapes, Valencia, Daytrader, and Title Fight.

The album is $5 and can be purchased here.

Matt Wade Prepares Upcoming Release

Metromix Breakthru finalist Matt Wade is recording a full-length album has notified his fans to prepared for some surprises.

“As work on the record continues,” posted Wade on Facebook, “so does the strange and windy road of discovering how to improve and better the tracks.  There will be lots of cool surprises and musicianship on this album.  And yes, there will even be guitar solos.”

Stay tuned for this record to drop.  Wade is yet another young and talented product of the Jersey Shore.

Hands On The Stereo Is In The Studio

The Bergen County Pop-Punks, Hands On The Stereo, are currently in the studio recording the followup to its 2010 self-titled EP and according to a Facebook post made by the outfit “One song is 99% done.”

Download the group’s 2010 release here.

Almost There Records Another Cover Song

We begin and end with Almost There.  Last week the band released a video of guitarist Eddie Soles and bassist Zach Sicherman covering The Beatles “All My Lovin'” with a note saying the band would be putting up a new cover weekly.

Today, the duo was at it again tackling Sublime’s “Doin’ Time.”  Check it out:

Almost There…well qualified to represent the New Jersey indeed.


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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