By Chris Rotolo, The Creator
Another Asbury Park songstress has emerged, and her name is Lo Kloza. With a debut EP expected to drop this year, the pen-woman has serenaded assemblages on the boardwalk, up Cookman, and on Main Street with an alluring brand of acoustic-guitar fronted Pop-Rock, and one of her ear candy spewing inspirations is revealed in this cover of Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away.”
John Komar is one of the more talented music video directors in the area, his prized creation, a weekly acoustic video series featuring some of the best musicians and musical acts in the area titled The Village Basement Sessions, and we didn’t touch upon his own musical prowess as stick wielder in the Garden State Punk-Rock collective Feudalism, an outfit that recently disclosed a lesser known influence, Neutral Milk Hotel, with its rendition of the Jeff Mangum classic “Two Headed Boy.”
When I think Toms River, NJ’s End Of An Era, Industrial-Metal tunes and dark army’s of the walking dead come to mind…not necessarily Ke$ha. However, quite recently the Black Dinosaur Entertainment signee married the two ideas with a cover of the coke-riddled Pop princess’ aptly titled “Blow,” while, impressively I might add, staying true to its own sound. Grab it below and be on the look out for more covers from End Of Era.
Joanna Burns has one of the most soul cleansing voices around and her soulful croon is on full display during her rendition of Amy Winehouse’s rendition of The Zutons’ “Valerie,” begging the question, if one covers a cover, is it back to normal? In this case, not at all, as Burns takes this homage to the late English soul-woman and transforms it into her own, and in what appears to be a bathroom no less. Stay tuned for next week’s Video Schmideo, Burns’s weekly music video series.
I’ve wasn’t privy to Kleenex Girl Wonder, nor the New York City-based Indie-Rock outfit’s front-man Graham Smith, prior to the Declan’s Well cover of the aforementioned’s “Carried Away.” That being said, I am a fan of the South Plainfield, NJ group and the Electronic-Pop duo’s rendition of this piece is a beguiling one. The cover is include upon the pair’s 2011 full-length release Campaign Cool alongside several impressive originals and another cover of The Mountain Goats “Sex Rohmer #1.” Grab it here and “Carried Away” below.