Have You Seen These?
I consider my friendship with the guys in The Battery Electric to be one of the best things to have come out of running CoolDad Music over the last few years. They're great supporters of the local Asbury Park music scene, and they're great supporters of this site. I do a lot of posts about them here not only because I know them, but also because their shows are always crazy, fun, and a blast to document.
A big part of the band's appeal is the guitar shredding of Brent Övar Bergholm. You've seen him playing his black 1998 American Standard Strat with its Hot Rail bridge pickup and his 2008 Sunburst Jaguar HH through his Orange Rockverb 50 Amp. If you've seen Hot Blood recently, then you've also likely seen Brent playing a 1969 Gibson EBL bass. All of that was stolen from Brent's car in Brooklyn last night. In addition, thieves also got all of Brent's pedals.
The Strat, especially, holds some serious sentimental value as Brent's had it since he was 13 and has lugged it to almost every gig he's played since.
So, if you happen to be on eBay or Craig's list, keep your eyes peeled for these items. If you're at a Battery Electric show and the hat comes around, maybe throw in a little extra if you have it to spare; and if you're in a band, please do whatever it takes to secure your stuff. Back your van against a wall. Get a serious padlock. Hump everything inside for the night if you can.
Simply, people can really suck sometimes. This is awful, but nobody in the band was held up at gunpoint or hurt or menaced in any other way. I know these guys; and, while Brent may have a heavy heart right now, this won't be enough to keep them down.