Vinyl Heart Release Show Celebrates the Thriving Asbury Park Music Scene

by Ed Magdziak • February 14, 2015 • Arts & Entertainment, Counties, Monmouth, Music, PhotographyComments (0)1990

The fact that it was bitterly cold and Friday the 13th didn’t scare anyone last night from heading to Asbury Lanes for the Vinyl Heart record release show. The four-song compilation album highlights some of the awesome sounds coming out of the flourishing music scene. It was pretty crowded at the Lanes for the four bands who were performing which is a testament to not only the music scene but to the whole community as well.

People sometimes ask what exactly does the music scene in Asbury Park sound like. How to answer that? There is no easy or correct response but the lineup this evening would be a good place to start. On this bill alone all the bands had different musical styles and stage presence. I often mention how lucky we are to have such an amazing, varied collection of artists in New Jersey and I’ll keep mentioning it.


Trans Charger Metropolis opened the show and got the crowd going with their brand of garage rock and roll.

SC-7Seaside Caves mesmerized everyone in the audience. Their atmospheric modern new wave songs and dramatic staging was quite striking.

ST-5Modern rock outfit Smalltalk played an energetic set of noisy, gritty pop tunes. Frontman and Vinyl Heart project creator Zak Kaplan had to be thrilled with the show, a culmination of all the hard work he put into the endeavor.

Dentist-7Dentist closed out the evening with their captivating mixture of alternative pop and surf rock. There is a reason they are one of our 35 Bands We’re Excited About in 2015. Catch them live to see for yourself.

The Vinyl Heart project began as a campaign on Indigogo and the record was financed without any major funding or the backing of a record company. That is saying something about the dedication to the people involved. The release show was a very special event and I look forward to future shows that display what this local music scene can offer.

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