By Chris “Skankinrote” Rotolo, The Creator
The Monroe Township outfit known as Blacktop Kids emerged this past year as one of the best groups of its genre to stroll the planks amidst the Boardwalk’s burgeoning Punk-Rock scene, garnering recognition from a voting class of its peers with a nomination for Top Punk Band at the 19th Annual Asbury Music Awards, and, eventually having that success validated when the Garden State’s most legendary Punk collective, The Bouncing Souls, tapped the band to perform the inaugural set at its 5th Annual Home For The Holidays showcase, a four-night residency at Asbury’s most famed house of musical worship, The Stone Pony.
“I’m a huge huge fan of The Souls,” said Blacktop Kids front-man Max Giaccone with laugh when asked about the obvious. “My first tattoo was a Bouncing Souls tattoo. I’ve seen them around 30 times now and they are hands down one of my favorite bands of all time. I first heard them on the Warped Tour 2003 compilation album, it was ‘Anchors Aweigh’ and I was hooked ever since”
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About to embark on its 25th year of music making with the recent announcement of a new record in the works and a forthcoming tour with the Dropkick Murphys, The Bouncing Souls have set a precedent for New Brunswick basement dwellers. From the band’s graduation out of those humble beginnings, in those oh so dingy dungeons with sound systems, an entire culture was built giving birth, a vision, and confidence to New Jersey’s underground punks, Blacktop Kids included, that with hard work and the right tunes success can follow.
“I don’t think words can describe it man,” said Giaccone about has forthcoming set. “It’s just so awesome. We formed this band a little under two years ago, and now we’re playing with a legendary band like this. When we first started up, if anyone had told me that only two years later we’d be opening for The Souls I would have just laughed at them.”
As well as The Souls, a sold out assemblage will see Blacktop Kids share the stage with Title Fight, a Kingston, PA collective that’s toured with such well known acts as New Found Glory, Senses Fail, and Bayside, as well as White Wives, the Punk-Rock super group from Pittsburgh featuring Chris “#2” Barker and Chris Head of Anti-Flag.
Giaccone revealed that Blacktop Kids will be performing songs off its 2011 debut full-length, Right In The Street, as well as new songs from a forthcoming EP titled Complex. No release date has been decided upon by the band, however, it did drop the record’s single, “Streetlights,” on November 9th. Check it out below and if you’re attending the show tomorrow night, enjoy yourself…I’ll see you there.