Sons of Apollo is a heavy metal supergroup, drawing musical expertise from bands such as Guns N’ Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, and Alice Cooper with the band members having formerly played in such bands. Their musical style consists of harcore, head-smashing metal music which brings out a certain animal in each listener. The talent of the band lies within their members, namely: Jeff Soto, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Billy Sheehan, Derek Sherinian, and Mark Portnoy. The band was formed in 2017 after Mike Portnoy had proposed the idea to fellow band members and friends who were interested in a full-time project. Their debut album, Psychotic Symphony, was released in October of 2017.
Off of their album, “God of the Sun” is an ode to the metal genre as a whole with its bone-crunching instrumentals and intense vocals, whereas tracks such as “Lost in Oblivion” and “Coming Home” dig into the bands roots and express the foundation of the band’s style. Sons of Apollo is currently playing their debut album on tour and tickets are on sale via their website.
written by Gianmarco Castronovo
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, commonly known as “pigeons” is a funk rock group based out of Baltimore, Maryland. The band consists of members: ‘Scrambled’ Greg Ormont – Vocals, Guitar, Jeremy Schon – Guitar, Vocals, Ben Carrey – Bass, Vocals, and Alex Petropulos – Drums. The band was first founded in 2009 when the four band members were rooming together at the University of Maryland, recording music and EP’s together. The band draws likes from artists such as The Beatles, inspiring their funkadelic sound, and shares similarities to current bands such as The Dirty Heads, and the Arctic Monkeys. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong has recorded 5 albums since their genesis, including a live recording of their album The Great Outdoors Jam, which released in 2017.
The group is most widely known for performing a high amount of tours and concerts since their genesis. Most recently, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong has played tours in the Northeast, however they travel back to Michigan and the Great Lakes this coming week to promote their album, Pizazz.
written by Gianmarco Castronovo
Hailing from Oakland California, High On Fire emits a bone-chilling, powerful, and fortitudinous style of music that reinvents the entire metal scene. Lead singer and guitarist Matt Pike digs deep into his roots with every line of every song, while being complimented by the ever-so-talented Jeff Matz on Bass, and Des Kenzel on Drums. The band debuted with their first studio album: The Art of Self-Defense under the Man’s Ruins record label, which received critical acclaim and prompted the production of Surrounded by Thieves two years later. Since then, High on Fire has taken off as one of the staples in the Metal Rock genre, and have appeared as high as 14 on the Billboard Top 200 Rock Albums list.
The band’s latest release, Luminiferous, came in 2015 and has been one of their most celebrated albums yet. “The Black Plot” examines the very foundation of the band’s origin through cutting vocals and deep instrumentals, while “The Cave”, takes a slight step back and allows the listener to feel every note of Pike’s pain and agony he gives. Expect great things coming from the band’s next project, as High on Fire is a name to remember.
written by Gianmarco Castronovo
High on Fire
Concert Crave and Spacebar Recording brought an Artist Spotlight Showcase to House of Independents. There was 32 acts doing seven minutes each competing for some cool prizes including opening up for a headlining act.
I decided to check it out since I’m always looking for new and interesting music to cover. It was more crowded then I anticipated with the snow and brutal cold hitting the area. Each act had a hometown crowd of friends and family to root them on which was cool to see.
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Up until Saturday night I had only heard about Mackenzie Brown but was very interested in hearing and seeing her perform. MACK as she is called in the music world had her EP release show at The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ. Her EP Balance is a collection of a few songs that really shows her rage as a young artist. She resides in New Jersey and works as a music instructor at the Lakehouse Music Academy which is home and work to many bands and musicians from the area. Mackenzie’s voice is extremely refreshing and has a cool stage performance as well as she was backed up with some seasoned local musicians. Her EP Balance is available on iTunes and spotify I totally recommend giving her tunes a listen.
All images taken by Jeff Crespi and Delaney Bouton
Lost in Society and Dollys combined forces for a record release show in Asbury Park. Lost in Society just recorded ‘Modern Illusions’ and Dollys just recorded ‘Low Year’ it was a perfect match held in one of Asbury Parks coolest places Convention Hall. The show was on the second floor balcony area of Convention Hall which is an amazing space. It’s a huge long hallway with a full bar off to the side. The stage was setup against a wall with a huge window that oversees the Asbury Park bosrdwalk. There was plenty of room for everyone to watch listen dance and sing. Lost in Society and Dollys also had Gods another Asbury Park favorite along with Kyle Trocolla and Derek Rossi from OC45 playing a couple of acoustic sets.
Pussy Riot founded in 2011 is a feminist punk rock protest group from Moscow. One of the members Masha Alyokhina came through Asbury Park NJ to the House of Independents to tell her story. The group is known for staging unauthorized anti leadership protests in public locations. They range in age between 20 to 33 and have approx. 11 women that participate. In 2012 they staged a protest inside Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior and as a result 3 of them were arrested for “Hooliganism Motivated by Religious Hatred”, they served two years behind bars.
The event was very interesting as it showed a film about Pussy Riot’s protests and the reaction it had on the people of Russia. All of their protests resulted in members and non members being dragged away. There main focus is to change the system over from a dictatorship where they say that anything can happen to anyone with no warning or real process in place. They are very anti Putin and they make sure everyone around them knows that.
The interview was moderated by John Cameron Mitchell who coordinated the questions and conversations. There was also a translator to help the Russian speaking Maria address the crowd. A question and answer session was conducted at the end as well so the audience was able to get involved.