Speakend Playlist (3/26/11 – 3/29)

“Original Source” by Senium – 225

“(We Won’t Go) Easily” by Mercer Avenue – 92

“60 Amp Disconnect” by A Clever Con – 10

“Aston Martin Freestyle” by Dave Roberts – 6

“The Unforgiving Tide” by Old Nick – 4

“Original Source” by Senium

Senium, a two-man wrecking crew of a Rock band from Ocean Township, owns a sound that would have fit perfectly on the 1988 Sub Pop 200 compilation tape amongst first releases from the likes of Tad, Nirvana, Mudhoney, Soundgarden, and Green River, to name a few.  However, none of those first efforts can touch Such Progress, Senium’s debut full length, which is due out early next month.  The band’s upcoming release was recorded in Chicago, and quite fittingly, under the watchful eye of Steve Albini (Big Black, Rapeman, Shellac) who’s “Spoken Word Intro Thing” opened the 1986 Sup Pop 100 compilation tape.  With Albini’s assistance, Senium has managed to create a jagged and grungy record with a nice mix of gloss, but nothing that can be accused of over production.  Be sure to pick up a copy of the album on which this next track resides.  The first batch of records for sale will be a limited pressing of 100 copies…so act quick.

“The Unforgiving Tide” by Old Nick

There isn’t much to be said about Old Nick…mainly because there is a lack of information.  The four-piece is from Woodbridge and it plays slow and soothing Ambient-Rock tunes.  I assume the triumvirate of tracks available for download on the band’s Facebook page are from a self-titled debut EP, but, this is only an assumption.  What can be said with some sort of certainty is that it would serve you, the reader/listener, well to go grab the aforementioned music on the band’s site, and, to go see Old Nick when the group plays Asbury Lanes on April 6th with The Obvious during Chemtrail’s record release party for Youth Obsessed Death Culture.  For now, enjoy this song.

“60 Amp Disconnect” by A Clever Con

A Clever Con has placed its debut release, 2010’s The Robot EP, behind it and is currently in the studio working on new music, including a controversial protest song about the “US perpetual war machine,” as well as a track called “Skittle Vodka,” according to a series of Facebook posts.  This next track, from the aforementioned debut release, is led by sharp guitar riffs that swipe at listeners who are drawn closer by enticing vocal harmonies…very dangerous indeed, but enjoyable nonetheless.

“Aston Martin Freestyle” by Dave Roberts

Long Branch wordsmith Dave Roberts is prepping his third mix-tape, Walking On The Sun, and its due to drop for free download on everyone’s favorite date…April 20th.  Roberts has recently leaked a couple of tracks from the collection including a freestyle which is located below.

“(We Won’t Go) Easily” by Mercer Avenue

The Asbury Pop-Punk act, Mercer Avenue, has shared the stage with the likes of Nicole Atkins and, on March 1st of this month, released its debut EP, Nothing Left Behind, a record engineered by Tim Flanzbaum, who did work on Paramore’s platinum album Riot!.  Go grab the band’s EP for free here...but first enjoy this fresh cut.

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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