“Hello, Hello” by Thomas Wesley Stern – 355
“Reprise” by Mad Feather Group – 302
“Anybody Seen My Heart” by The Chelsea Kills – 100
“Stream Dream” by Green Paper – 12
“Goodspeed” by Gymnastics – 3
“Stream Dream” by Green Paper
Green Paper’s latest single “Stream Dream,” the first hint of what’s to come on Water, the outfit’s follow up to its February debut full-length release Fire, was prepared and delivered in a pair of fashions exemplifying the different musical sensibilities of the fuzzy Pop-Rocker’s two primary song writers. The first is a jangly skeleton jam dressed by the human fog machine that is Jeff Lane, while front-man Tomm Hart’s track of choice is the gloss-coated piece of ear candy cooked up in the Virginia-based studio of Mark Padgett (Mae). Both are undeniably satisfying, but neither is to be fallen for according Lane.
“I have no idea how i feel about it,” revealed Lane in an recent SIMGE interview. “I think the way it will be rerecorded for the Water record will give it a place somewhere in between those two versions, and that one I’ll probably be very comfortable with.”
Grab both versions of the single, including an accompanying short story penned by the band’s guitar maestro Mike Mendonez, for free here and check out Padgett-produced version below:
“Reprise” by Mad Feather Group
Jackson’s soulful Folk-Rock four-piece, Mad Feather Group, have dropped three tracks from its forthcoming self-titled release, which is due to drop in October, and, although all are more than a pleasure the delve into, none in more pleasurable than “Reprise,” a number destined to be the soundtrack of warm summer nights on Jersey Shore for years to come.
“Hello Hello” by Thomas Wesley Stern
For those who are not yet privy, an incredible Folk movement has developed on the boardwalk, featuring such acts as the aforementioned Mad Feather Group, as well as Accidental Seabirds, The Amboys, Elevator Art, and The Riverwinds to name a handful, none more intriguing than percussionless, banjo-led campfire tunes of Thomas Wesley Stern, a stripped down four-man string band that has sparked foot stomping sing alongs at some of Asbury’s most prominent clubs this summer, with this next number, the opening salvo to the band’s debut EP release Hope Folk, at the forefront of it all.
“Goodspeed” by Gymnastics
All I can tell you about Gymnastics is that its members attended my alma mater, The College Of New Jersey, and that the band released an EP almost a year ago that is hard for me to stop running through, most notably the opening salvo “Goodspeed,” which you can grab below. I’m not sure if this group is still in existence…one can only hope. Download the rest of the The Yard EP here.
“Anybody Seen My Heart?” by The Chelsea Kills
The Chelsea Kills, a Philadelphia four-piece, are another fierce band of brothers joining the fight to unearth the spirit of adrenaline driven ’70s Rock N’ Roll. However, this isn’t an outfit that’s limited itself to one speed, or sound, or appearance, and it’s forthcoming debut full-length, Sick Boy, is evidence as the group doesn’t hesitate to drop down into first or second gear, conjuring a foggy and fuzzy harmony laden number, straddling the line between Goats Head Soup and The Velvet Underground & Nico on tracks like “Angel.” But it’s the blood boiling rager that is The Chelsea Kills’ money maker, the sort of track it has a knack for unleashing on a crowd, leaving it battered and broken and begging for more…songs like “Anybody Seen My Heart?” Check it out below and grab the rest of the album here.