"Above Your Station" b/w "Average Marks Make Shitty Sparks"
Aside from a GoPro-shot video for "Under the Influence of fIREHOSE" that also works as a tribute to Modelo Especial, Red Bank's Eastern Anchors have been relatively quiet since the release of 2012's extremely solid Drunken Arts and Pure Science. That's about to change as the band are releasing a split single with New Brunswick's Zero For Conduct in anticipation of a full-length to come later this year.
The Anchors' track, "Above Your Station," rides a big, Bob Mouldian guitar riff and opens with the line, "Can't catch a break to save your soul. Raise up your kids on rock 'n roll." Hey. I try my best, guys. As on Drunken Arts..., mixing duties went to Tom Beaujour (Nada Surf, GBV, Jennifer O'Connor) and mastering to Kim Rosen of Knack Mastering; and the song does a good job of carrying the late 80s / early 90s indie rock torch ignited by the band's previous LP.
Zero For Conduct's "Average Marks Make Shitty Sparks" bounces on top of the bassline provided by newest member J. Pat Holden (who joins drummer Joe Dingerdissen and guitarist Morgan Chen) and will be the New Brunswick band's vinyl debut.
Nefarious Industries is taking pre-orders for the limited-to-500 vinyl run starting next week, but you can head over there now to preview the tracks.
If you'd like to see both bands live and/or pick up a record in person, they'll be playing a release show with Duochrome, The Milwaukees, and 4444 at the Court Tavern on August 15th.