It was a brutally hot weekend that was pretty much best spent indoors. 117 degrees was the “real feel” at one point. It would take a pretty special event to get Alice and I to leave the comfort of our air conditioned home to spend several hours standing outdoors. The Sundown at the Carousel music series is just such an event. There is a lot of talk of supporting local music and the good folks at Cool Dad Music, Little Dickman Records and Arcade Radio are certainly doing their part. So off to Asbury Park we went on Sunday evening.
This was the second such event inside the Carousel and when we heard Wreaths was playing this one there was no chance we were going to miss it. They are one of the very best local bands and I have been a big fan since I first heard them play.
Davey Jones of Lost Boy ? was first up and he got the crowd warmed up with a solo acoustic set of some of the band’s pop melodies. I like the way the two shows so far have started with softer, pared down sounds to set a mellow tone. It worked well with Dentist last time and here as well. I hope this continues.
Sharkmuffin, recently signed to Little Dickman Records, was next and I was really impressed by the punk, garage/surf vibe the band had as well as their stage presence. Singer/Guitarist Tarra Thiessen left the stage to dance and play guitar in the crowd a few times as family members and fans cheered her on. They have a new record, Chartreuse, out on August 7th and I will be picking that up for sure.
This show started a little later than the first one and that turned out to be perfectly timed, especially when Wreaths took the stage. We were wondering how their set would look as we are used to seeing them play with a pretty dark stage. In fact one time at Lot 13 in Bayonne they pretty much played in the dark. The pastel lights at the back of the Carousel were the perfect lighting for the band’s incredible drone, space, experimental, shoegaze sounds. We even got an awesome cover of the Cult’s “She Sells Sanctuary.”
At one point that evening, Amy Earixson of Little Dickman Records asked Alice how many miles we put on the car knowing that we will drive anywhere for a good story. Alice explained that even though she works at home we put approximately 20,000 miles on her car per year. That is a lot of miles. However this site is a labor of love and the people we have met and the great things going on in New Jersey, like this, are worth it.
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