11 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This New Jersey nine-piece perform as if they need to tell the entire history of rock ’n’ roll in one night. For their second album, Givin’ Up on Free Jazz, the band work through the roots of rock ’n’ roll up through to Springsteen bombast and punkish nihilism. Mike V (Michael Venutolo-Mantovani) and co-lead vocalist Catherine Herrick take charge of the songs, like Meat Loaf and Ellen Foley belting their way through Bat Out of Hell. There’s a classic streetwise feel to “A Girl Named Lou, Pt. 2,” where they’re joined by The New Pornographers’ A.C. Newman. “NJHC” (shorthand for New Jersey Hardcore back in the '80s and onward) namechecks their Jersey heroes like Frank Sinatra and The Misfits’ Glenn Danzig. “Spain” and “Ain’t Good Enough for You” take on a brash bar-band sound from the ’50s to the ‘80s. “A Thousand Miles” imagines The E Street Band with a hard rock background. There’s even the sentimental piano bar ballad “Izzy,” complete with saxophone, to close out the album.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This New Jersey nine-piece perform as if they need to tell the entire history of rock ’n’ roll in one night. For their second album, Givin’ Up on Free Jazz, the band work through the roots of rock ’n’ roll up through to Springsteen bombast and punkish nihilism. Mike V (Michael Venutolo-Mantovani) and co-lead vocalist Catherine Herrick take charge of the songs, like Meat Loaf and Ellen Foley belting their way through Bat Out of Hell. There’s a classic streetwise feel to “A Girl Named Lou, Pt. 2,” where they’re joined by The New Pornographers’ A.C. Newman. “NJHC” (shorthand for New Jersey Hardcore back in the '80s and onward) namechecks their Jersey heroes like Frank Sinatra and The Misfits’ Glenn Danzig. “Spain” and “Ain’t Good Enough for You” take on a brash bar-band sound from the ’50s to the ‘80s. “A Thousand Miles” imagines The E Street Band with a hard rock background. There’s even the sentimental piano bar ballad “Izzy,” complete with saxophone, to close out the album.

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