By Chris Rotolo, The Creator
Like some sort of collective Rock N’ Roll stigmata, those who entered Pop-Break.com’s Shipwrecked At The Shore Showcase within The Wonder Bar on Thursday evening had the holiest of musical blood spew from their aural orifices in a Metal-induced cascade as torsos spasmed, knees twitched, and necks realigned on spinal columns as Harrisburg, PA’s Crobot forced this reporter to pop in ear plugs, a career first, while performing the loudest, soul singing set I’ve ever had the fortune of covering…and that was merely the opener.
Montclair’s Genre Hopping Grunge-Rock collective with class, Those Mockingbirds, was a musical chameleon, slithering through sleek metal-encased salvos off its 2011 sophomore EP Fa Sol La, which landed at No. 12 on SIMGE’s Top 18 EPs of the year list, violin infused numbers that have yet to be recorded, and odes to Bam Bam Bigelow and an ode to Starland Ballroom’s hometown.
“This next song mentions Sayreville,” announced front-man Adam Bird to an approving audience prior to performing “Bank.” “And its dedicated to Bam Bam Bigelow.”
“Wow!” exclaimed Bird as the audience was unresponsive to the wrestling legend and Jersey hero name drop. “No love for Bam Bam Bigelow? The guy had flames tattooed on his head. He’s definitely the second most famous person to come out of Asbury.”
“Who’s the first,” pondered aloud one joshing member of the assemblage.
“I don’t know,” played Bird right back, “Garth Brooks I think.”
Following the mockingbirds was a three-man outfit from Hacketstown, NJ by the name of Only Living Boy who’s whirl pool set of dronal riff-driven Blues-Rock is far from country-fried compositions of Brooks and the Folky tidings of Simon & Garfunkel, garnering the collective national attention, and spotted the band’s 2011 full-length record, Hide Nothing, on SIMGE’s Top 27 Albums of the year list at No. 12.
Stay tuned for more by Only Living Boy who is currently recording a follow up release to Hide Nothing that may include such new tunes as “Spread Your Butter” and “Superstitious Angel.”