Thanks to our pal Dave Hill of Valley Lodge who turned me on to the band in one of his hysterical emails. Website: www. After a brief intro track, Linden Calling launches into the type of blue-collar pop and punk influenced rock and roll that drives parties all over the country well, the good parties at least. Dominated by the kind of bright-yet-crunchy electric guitar riffs and progressions one might expected from bands like blink, the music is a hell of a lot of fun to listen to.
Guitarist Sean Adams and Ralph Malanga shine throughout the album, but never outshine each other or the rest of the elements of the band. These guys have found an excellent balance in their sound, making the band feel like one cohesive unit.
The band is also deftly capable of writing a variety of sounds. They provide enough varying sounds in the album to prevent the songs from all blending together. Each song is a separate entity that is easy to give individual attention to. The band knows how to write catchy, they know how to write somber and they know how to write pure fun.
I sure do. I foresee this getting regular playtime on my iTunes. Thankfully and rewardingly, the Garden State-based Stuyvesant are both. A zillion times over more smarter and more sincere than the latest batch of ersatz flakes hogging the limelight, it's all the more comforting to have a primo quality combo like Stuyvesant to fall back on. All good pop rock and just about every musical genre is filled with references and influences from other bands and eras, and the music on "Linden Calling" is no exception.
But Stuyvesant also proves the band has absorbed some of what's going on with the new music scene. These Hoboken-area scene veterans reference CBGB's- era Television, Stiff Little Fingers, and more than a little bit of The Raconteurs' songwriting style, which makes for an interesting and adventurous album!
Subjects range from tales of tragic characters Hellbent For Heather - Stuyvesant - Shmyvesant (Vinyl tape hiss, and listening to "Linden Calling" in its entirely, it all makes sense. These 14 songs hold the potential to hit a home every time.
The high energy opener "Victorian Lawns" promises the listener will embark upon an exceedingly infectious musical journey, and the album maintains that energy and diversity all the way through.
There are two stories about how this band got their name. Because on February 5, Stuyvesant granted one Nicholas Varlett a patent for the very first brewery in America. It was located on Castle Point—now Hoboken. While this seems a logical back story for a proud Hoboken band, the name actually comes from a liquor store where band member Sean Adams once worked in Jersey City. Well, Album) least the beer relation is still there. But I digress.
The slightly skewed guitars bounce around the stereo field then sync up in percussive unison. The drum and bass drive solid as horns come in and the rest of it all breaks down in the middle. Building back up to the chorus, you're smacked head first into a brick wall of an ending.
Oh and by the way … I love the cover of 'Linden Calling'. A while back I was at an art show for bassist Brian Musikoff. The dancing amps caught my eye. As I chatted with singer Ralph Malanga, we both agreed that it would make a great cover. Now, I would never dream of taking any undue credit, but… - StephenBailey. There is something to be said about a band who unabashedly embraces their roots and in so doing makes music that appeals to an almost singular set of people who come from the same place.
This approach has led to what has become a hugely popular genre of music: Americana. Stuyvesant is one of those bands. It's not Americana, though; it's not roots-rock, either. They're from Jersey. By the band finally realized they were actually there to open a show and things got started.
Forever Losing Album). Archie Alone. I was heading towards the cashier when "Understanding in a Car Crash" came over the speakers. I remember mentioning to the cashier how it reminded me if The Smiths had gotten together with Quicksand to make a baby. Though I don't remember the cashiers response. I picture the counter persons eyes rolling to the back of his head as he thought.
Why me? That night my wife and I had a huge dinner, hit the slot machines and watched a bunch of kids go nuts over Thursday. It was a great show and our first trip to Atlantic City since moving to New Jersey. We've since returned for weekend jaunts, music and good food. While Rise Against continues to shape and inspire me till this day. Bands like Thursday and Circa Survive quickly greyed and faded from memory. Welcome to the blogs new addition, installment, feature United By Each week I plan of featuring images from a specific artist or band I've photographed over the years.
After weeks, months and even years of trying to decide what to do with the endless array of music I've shot over the years Each week these pictures will be highlighted by band profiles, background stories and anecdotes.
In the spirit of community, I'm more than willing to feature the work of fellow photographers and show goers. Those interested in contributing can leave a Hellbent For Heather - Stuyvesant - Shmyvesant (Vinyl here or email me at UnitedByJames gmail. Labels: AnnouncementConcert PhotographyD. Samantha Maloney is just plain Bad Ass. Be sure to tune in every chance you get. James : How old were you when you first started drumming?
I know It was after I heard a cassette tape of "Appetite for Destruction" on my friends boom box on a porch in Queens one summer night. I remember that as clear as day. At the same time my parents took a chance and invested in a little thing known as cable TV. My life had changed as I had known It. Samantha : I am horrible. I don't remember the name. I was in Sam Ash in Queens buying some drum gear when I was 14 or 15 and was approached by some boys from the neighborhood who were starting a rock band.
They asked me to jam with them. We rehearsed in my basement. I wish I could remember what we called ourselves. I am sure it was a fantastic first, Hellbent For Heather - Stuyvesant - Shmyvesant (Vinyl. I am proud to say that, when I get recognized as the drummer for Shift.
I grin from ear to ear. James : Shift was one of my favorite bands. I still listen to them regularly. Can you tell me about some of the bands finer moments? Samantha : Thank You! It is so interesting that Shift keeps getting brought up lately in my Album). Maybe it is time for a lil reunion? And we are proud of it. Your order will be shipped the same day Monday to Friday in custom made superior packaging.
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