Show Review: New Found Glory 3/28


New Found Glory
Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
Saturday, March 28th, 2015
Review and photos by Zachary Foerst

It’s safe to say that pop punk is still alive and well! Four-piece, New Found Glory,
is out touring with the boys in Turnstile, This Wild Life and Turnover on The
Sleep When I Die tour which is ready to give you a night of fun your surely
won’t forget!

The crowd is greeted by a dark stage as they wait for New Found
Glory to perform when a small projector flicks on. The dark backdrop
illuminates with a video of Judy Garland singing the iconic “Battle Hymm
Of The Republic.”  As the crowd
joins in and chants away, the video fades and is greeted by
“Understatment,” off New Found Glory’s iconic 2002 album, Sticks
and Stones


The rest of the show was filled with the type of energy you only
can witness at a New Found Glory show. Even frontman Jordan Pundik was jumping
around with his foot in a knee-high brace – does it get more pop punk than that? With
only about a week left on this tour, make sure you make your way out and catch
some of the action!


Boston Calling Music Festival Ticket Giveaway!



For our last giveaway of the month, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Boston Calling to give away a pair of three-day tickets to this May’s festival!* The line-up this year is pretty incredible and includes Tove Lo, Pixies, Gerard Way and Grammy award winner, Beck, just to name a few!…

For those of you interested in attending the Boston Calling Music Festival, we are giving away a pair of three-day tickets to this May’s event!! All you have to do is fill out this form and ta-da! You’re entered!! Winner will be chosen at the end of the month!

Boston Calling Music Festival Ticket Giveaway!

Deaf Rhino Announce Debut Album

New Jersey-based DIY rock band, Deaf Rhino, have released information regarding their debut album, Dust, Rust, Chaos. The album, which was recorded in only five days at The Barber Shop Studios, was produced by Brett Romnes (I Am The Avalanche) and engineered by Grammy-nominated Jason Corsaro (Soundgarden, The Ramones, Danzig, Iggy Pop). Dust, Rust, Chaos will be released on May 5th. 

Below you can find the album artwork and track listing! For more info on the band, click here!

Track Listing:
1. Ghosts
2. Infinity
3. Don’t Believe What You Heard
4. If I Could
5. The Water
6. Hey You
7. Love Don’t Matter To Me
8. The Heights
9. The Dance Of You
10. Once In A Lifetime

Review: Owel | Owel

For those who like: Sigur Ros, Postal Service, Electric President, Antony, Imogen Heap, Sparkadia

New Jersey may not be everyone’s favorite state, but it has given the world a lot to love. It is the place that gave us people like Danny DeVito, Bruce Springsteen (also me) and scattered across this lovely area is where the quintet Owel, resides. From Wall to Woodbridge, these New Jersey natives released the self-titled follow up to their 2012 EP I’ve Seen Colors this past April.

Playing all over the New Jersey/New York area in venues such as Asbury Lanes, The Court Tavern, and the ever so missed Maxwell’s, Owel has a plethora of experience under their belt and you can hear it in their self-titled debut.  They were also featured in Spin Magazine’s Must Hear Music CD Sampler May 2013 and after listening to the album we all know why.

Hearing Owel for the first time it is obvious that the band is heavily influence by Sigur Ros with the beautiful falsettos and emotional rollercoaster of moods that reside on the album. The first track “Snowglobe” is a bold 7:34, not a friendly radio edit time, but it is breathtaking. For such a lengthy track, the lyrics are not long at all, but at no time throughout the song does it feel empty without words. The angelic falsetto that is accompanied by Jane Park’s surging violins and strings create a painfully beautiful and nostalgic yearning for the past. As you get about five minutes into the song it becomes minimal and dark which you feel with lead singer Jay Sakong repeating the words “the grave” in a sentence that in its entirety is “sleepwalk to the grave, slow dance in a haze.” The song ends in the same way it led us in with electronic pulsating tones fading out.

When listening to music it is important, when a particular album or song makes you feel, and this is exactly what Owel does with their self-titled LP. The album evokes such a wide array of emotions from melancholia, discomfort to anger and warmth; there is something for everyone.

Two tracks that I especially enjoyed were “Burning House” and “Float.” The former was mysterious with the beginning of the song sounding distant and far when it comes to a pause and for a moment you wonder what the next words will be or if the track will continue in this particular style. Then you hear footsteps. A closer voice comes in and finishes the story for you. The feelings that “Burning House” generates are painful memories, especially when listening to the lyrics. You can feel what Jay is singing and it makes it so melancholy that your heart cannot help but hurt just a little. The cries and screams that emerge mid song are a great way to accentuate the emotion and make this song work so well. The latter song, “Float” is haunting and rollicking at the same time. The lyrics reveal a solemn topic done with Seamus’ swimming guitar and rad percussion by Ryan Vargas. This track is special because you can really listen to a story being told that the music matches to so well. When the climax starts the loud mood changing instrumentation comes in to give it such a wonderful varying effect.

All the members of Owel are well versed and experienced in their instruments and it truly comes off over the totality of this album. It has done exactly what you want an album to do to someone and evoke such a spectrum of feelings that after I am done writing this, I am going to make a cup of tea and sit on my couch to just be. They are playing a handful of shows in the New York/New Jersey area in the near future, and dates can be found on their website.

Release Date: April 2, 2013
Rating: 4.5/5
Run Time: 55:33

1. Snowglobe
2. Scales
3. Burning house
4. Death in the Snow
5. Nothing’s Meant
6. Float
7. Once the Ocean
8. The Unforgiving Tide
9. Progress
10. Field Mouse
11. Reborn

Owel is:
Jay Sakong (lead vocals/guitar)
Seamus O’Connor (guitar)
Jane Park (violin/keyboards)
Ryan Vargas (drums)
Patrick McGee (bass)

Written By: Chelsea Conte

Review:: The Collective and The Individual | The Elephant In The Room


The Collective & the Individual is the new full length album from The Elephant in the Room, a progressive rock/pop band from New Jersey. The 11 song album was produced by Casey Crescenzo of The Dear Hunter. The band’s Facebook page, they list Rx Bandits and The Mars Volta as influences and it makes perfect sense. Even before seeing those bands listed I immediately made a connection to them. Each song is haunting melodic like The Mars Volta, progressive reggae rock like Rx Bandits, or a hybrid of the two. The final sound is extremely unique and works better than I could have ever imagined.

The opening track on the album, “Left in the Dark”, is an example of the aforementioned haunting melodies. The almost creepy sound when combined with the lyrics and the fantastic backing vocals makes for a great song. Songs like “Monster” and “Never Believe What You’re Told” are similar in style but different enough to where you don’t feel like they are extensions of the same track.

Then you’ve got songs like “Actions Speak Louder than Words”, “Makers Mark”, and “Sky People” which are more along the lines of the more reggae rock sound. Again though, you’re hit with some great and interesting lyrics, for example the phrase “human cybernetic mind control” is most certainly uttered in “Sky People”.

The best songs on the album are probably the ones that successfully meld the different sounds into one great sound of i’s own. Tracks like “Ghosts”, “What You Don’t Know Won’t Hurt You”, and “P-ts” are some of my favorites on the album and are clearly a well-executed amalgamation of the differing styles. You really do get the best of both worlds, somehow getting the darker tones with still a beat of driving reggae rock sound.

Kudos to both the band and producer for this album; they’ve put together an amazing sounding album that is clearly their own.  I could just be out of the loop, but I’ve not heard anything like this. They’ve done such a remarkable job of taking melodies and tones that can easily be combative with each other and turn them into an interesting fusion with creative and strong lyrics. This is most certainly an album that I’ll be recommending to people.

Release Date: October 29th, 2013
Rating: 4/5
Runtime: ≈41 minutes

Track List:
1. Left in the Dark
2. Monsters
3. Actions Speak Louder Than Words
4. Neither Here Nor There
5. Ghosts
6. P-ts
7. Sky People
8. Makers Mark
9. What You Don’t Know Won’t Hurt You
10. Never Believe What You’re Told
11. We Will Meet Again

The Elephant in the Room is:
Alfred Vitale – Vocals / Guitar
Joseph Savino Jr. – Guitar / Vocals
Greg Szaro – Drums
Jared Duncan – Bass

Written By: Mark Northern