Friday, December 13, 2019

Matt Chrystal Interviews Dave & Tom (Formerly of The Vaughns)

Photo courtesy of Dave & Tom
Eggs in a Tub

By Matt Chrystal

In terms of interviews at CoolDadMusic, it seems my year has come full circle, as I started off and ended 2019 interviewing David Cacciatore and Thomas Losito, musicians from my hometown of Springfield, NJ. But, for Dave and Tom, it seems the end of 2019 took them in a whole new direction from where they started off.

At the dawn of 2019, Dave and Tom were members of The Vaughns, a collective of Springfield friends and musicians who were headed for a breakout year. I sat in Losito's basement as both he and Dave expressed their excitement and anticipation for a new Vaughns album, new single, new video, and a new tour van with tour dates that would take the band farther than they had been before.

But, as it turns out, 2019 was more of a break-up year. In November, as the twilight of the year loomed on the horizon, Dave and Tom announced their departure from The Vaughns and shared their excitement as they embarked on a new journey together as a duo.

I originally wanted to entitle this piece, something like "Vaughn-voyage," but I thought that would be a little too extra. And that didn't seem to fit the mood here. In fact, the mood seemed to be just the opposite. For David Cacciatore and Tom Losito, stepping away from The Vaughns seems to be all about getting back to basics, getting back to their roots, and in their words, "rediscovering why (they) started playing in the first place."

I caught up Dave and Tom to talk about their new project, their plans for the new year, and of course, to get their thoughts of the Best Of the Year that was 2019.

UnCool Uncle Matty: Ok, so let's get it out of the way and address the elephant in the room. Would you like to use this forum to discuss your departure from the Vaughns?

David Cacciatore & Tom Losito: Yes, thank you. We really appreciate that. Without getting into details, unfortunately, we felt like it was time for us to move on. We both aren't the types that usually share personal details or feelings on social media, but we felt we needed to address our departure from the band. We felt it was our duty to let people know that The Vaughns aren't a representation of us anymore. It was a very stressful and bittersweet time for us this fall, but we are very happy and optimistic about the future.

UUM: What are your thoughts as you reflect back on your time spent in The Vaughns?

Dave C & Tom L: The Vaughns were a big part of our lives for a long time, and we created something very special, but the love and creative spark we once had quickly faded. Looking back we were able to accomplish some amazing goals along the way. We were able to meet a lot of amazing and talented musicians and friends, which we are grateful for.

UUM: When I interviewed you guys at the beginning of the year, you gave us the exclusive scoop that you named your then touring van, "Neal." So, I was hoping maybe you could end the year by giving us the exclusive scoop on what you are naming the new Dave & Tom Duo?

Dave C: We've been tossing around a lot of names lately but we haven't decided on one yet. We hope to have one soon!

UUM: Ok, so you haven't settled on a name yet, but perhaps you can share some of the ideas you have kicked around or ruled out. Maybe we can have a readers' poll to help name the band. C'mon, I know you guys have thought up a few by now; let's hear some...

Tom L: Hmmm, we have a list of names we've been throwing around each day and bouncing them off each other. Not sure if we want to share yet until we finally land on one. "Dave & Tom" is what we have been using in the interim for our gigs this winter. Sam & Dave was a pretty cool name for a group, right? How about The Alan Parsons Project? Asia? Eggs in the Tub?

UUM: Am I being presumptuous that the new "Eggs in a Tub Project" is a duo? Are there plans to bring in players around you or keep it to just you two?

Dave C: Well, when Tom and I ended our relationship with The Vaughns, it wasn't like we had a band lined up ready to go, nor were we hitting people up to form a new band. In the aftermath, Tom and I knew that we wanted to continue playing together and just go back to our roots and rediscover why we started playing in the first place. We have shows lined up this winter that we are excited about. We are hoping to have a full band support us in the near future.

Tom L: We are currently writing and performing as an acoustic duo, but the songs we are creating we envision as someday being played in a full band setting. Bass, keys, drums, everything really. Some of my favorite groups and biggest influences utilize a type of dual writing. As Dave mentioned, we would love to bring in some musicians that would add to our songs and sounds down the road. We are taking everything in stride and having a blast in the meantime. I'm sure the full band setting will work out soon.

UUM: What musical direction will your duo/project be heading in? 

Dave C: We haven't decided on a set musical direction. We have similar musical tastes and styles, and -- so far -- our sounds have been complementing each other. Whatever musical direction we go in, we just want it to be genuine.

Tom L: I don't think we have a specific sound we are striving for or trying to imitate. What we have been creating so far has been very organic and natural. The roster of songs both Dave and I have written and performed so far I would say have flashes of power pop, blues and rock from the 60s and even 90s. We both have very similar musical tastes and really feed off each other's styles and influences. The songs we have written individually really blend together nicely in a live setting. We are also really utilizing duo harmonies much more which has been fun. Anything with a hook sparks my fancy.

UUM: Obviously, you two are no strangers to playing together, but I am assuming playing as a duo is new or at least new again. The Tom & Dave duo played a set during a Happy Mondays show at the Wonder Bar in November. How did it feel to be just the two of you up there? What were your thoughts or reactions after that first gig?

Dave C: It felt very natural for me to be back on stage. Playing with someone as talented as Tom definitely makes things easier too. It was fun to be back playing in Asbury Park, a town that has shown us a tremendous amount of love and support. I think one of the most exciting things about our gigs is that anyone who hears our songs is hearing them in the barest form. Nothing fancy going on: just Tom, myself, and some acoustic guitars. I am looking forward to our upcoming shows / future musical endeavors.

Tom L: The shows we have played together so far were very smooth and extremely fresh. Dave and I have been playing together for so long that I feel we have a special connection when it comes to writing, practicing, singing and performing. Playing as an acoustic duo, you definitely have to hone your chops in tandem because you're more vulnerable on stage and there's less going on. It's also really exciting to be playing guitar once again, especially with such an amazing player like Dave. The Wonder Bar Happy Mondays show was also really fun because we saw many faces we haven't seen in a long time. It was a really special night for Dave and me.

UUM: You are getting right back out there with a string of shows lined up for the next three months. Can you tell us a little bit about the upcoming gigs?

Dave C: We are hitting up some cities that we haven't played in a while, so we are looking forward to head back and reconnect. We are especially excited about the New Year's show at Crossroads in Garwood (01/02/20), a hometown show for us that we will be hosting with some really close friends.



Tom L: I'm really looking forward to playing with some of our favorite local artists again and presenting our new songs in a fresh setting. It is really exciting to explore new avenues and meet new bands and musicians again as well. I would like to say the support and outreach we've had both personally and collectively as a duo over the past month has been awesome. It means the world to us after such a tough and stressful time. These songs mean a lot to us, and they hold a lot of resonance with us lately, so we are super excited to share them to more people especially in our infancy.

UUM: It’s the end of the year and "Best Of" lists are coming in fast and furious. So let's hear some of your "Best Of 2019" in rapid fire… And Go…

UUM: Best Albums? 

Tom L: 
Bruce Springsteen - Western Stars
Angel Olsen - All Mirrors
Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising
White Reaper - You Deserve Love

Dave C: 
Illiterate Light - Illiterate Light
Billie Eillish - When We Fall Asleep Where Do We Go
Post Malone - Hollywood's Bleeding
Bruce Springsteen - Western Stars

UUM: Best Tour Stops?

Dave C & Tom L: Chicago and Nashville!

UMM: Best Movies?

Tom L:
Rocketman
The Irishman

Dave C:
The Joker
The Dirt

UMM: Best Breakfast Sandwich?

Tom L:
Taylor Ham, Egg and Cheese from Bagels For You in Springfield, NJ. Emphasis on "Taylor Ham."

Dave C:
Pumpernickel Bagel with Chive Cream Cheese from Bagels Supreme in Springfield NJ. They make the absolute best bagels, and I will challenge anyone on this!

UUM: Thoughts on Today? Hopes for Tomorrow?

Tom L: Live for today, and sleep in tomorrow. Spread simple kindness and inclusivity every day. As Dean Martin once said, "I don't care if the sun don’t shine, I do my drinkin' in the evening time." Much love.

Dave C: I am just happy to be alive, and am grateful for the life I have. I feel like this is something that is not expressed often enough, especially by musicians. Just based off of the crazy events that have happened in our country recently, it is evident that our lives can change at any moment. Live to fullest, and stay true to who you are. I'm optimistic for tomorrow, and am excited for what is to come.

You can catch Dave and Tom performing at these upcoming shows:
12/13/19 - Anchors Bend- Asbury Park, NJ
12/18/19 - Asbury Hotel – Asbury Park, NJ
01/02/20- Crossroads- Garwood, NJ
02/13/20 - Barca City- New Brunswick, NJ
02/28/20- Asbury Hotel – Asbury Park, NJ

For more info check them out online at:
www.intagram.com/davidcacciatore
www.instagram.com/tomlosito

Thursday, December 12, 2019

What's Going On: 12/12, 12/13, 12/14 & 12/15, 2019

Lowlight play Pop Break's annual Christmas Party and Toy Drive at Convention Hall on Saturday.

Swim

We're all recovered from CoolDaughter #2's bat mitzvah festivities, I think. This weekend, we have CoolDaughter #1's big winter swim meet. That means early mornings and lots of waiting around for just a few minutes' worth of swimming. Fun.

Anyway.

Good stuff this weekend with The Red Room's release show with Spookey Ruben at Brighton Bar on Thursday. Also on Thursday, Beach Slang play a free show at Philly's Underground Arts with Pkew Pkew Pkew. On Friday the 13th, Yawn Mower play The Chubby Pickle with Marc Tappan and Wetbrain. The Bouncing Souls are in Philly at TLA. Our friends at Pop Break host their annual Christmas Party and Toy Drive at Convention Hall on Saturday with Lowlight, GayGuy/StraightGuy, The Clydes, and Lou Montesano. Also on Saturday, Dentist head up to Brooklyn for a show at Baby's All Right with Honduras and The Zings. The Original Misfits are at Wells Fargo in Philly. Fred Armisen is at Asbury Lanes on Sunday.

Lots of cool stuff. Here's hoping CD1 swims fast. Have fun. Don't drink and drive.

THURSDAY (12/12)

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Open Mic, 8pm

Asbury Lanes (Asbury): Jason and The Magnificent Bastards / Wynward / Wave Magnetik / DJ Tyler Valentine, 7pm

Barca City (New Brunswick): B3N / Bad Tiger / The Extensions, 8:30pm

Boot & Saddle (Philly): Strand Of Oaks, 7:30pm, SOLD OUT

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Spookey Ruben / The Red Room (Record Release) / Lost Translation / Superjudge, 7pm, $10

Championship Bar (Trenton): Downswing / Deadships / Levitated / Life Itself / Wellwisher, 6pm, $10-$13

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Tara Dente / Dan Apy / Christian Sparacio, 9:30pm

The Clubhouse (Toms River): A Talk on Trans Experiences by Maja of Queers to the Front w/ Beth Munroe / Elizabeth Saad / Mikita, 7pm, $10

FM Jersey City (Jersey City): Silent Night Deadly Night Show w Jynx / Concrete Dream / more, 7:30pm, FREE

Our Wicked Lady (Brooklyn): Pocket Protector / Mike Turnwall / Mt. Feral, 8pm, $5

St. Vitus (Brooklyn): Kadavar / Ruby The Hatchet, 6pm

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Buckcherry / War For The Crown / The Fuzz / Black Dawn, 7pm

Sultan Room (Brooklyn): The Nude Party / Native Sun / Dropper, 8pm

Underground Arts (Philly): Beach Slang / Pkew Pkew Pkew, 8pm, FREE

Union Pool (Brooklyn): Lomelda / Long Beard, 8pm, SOLD OUT

Wellmont (Montclair): Ghostface Killah, 7pm

FRIDAY (12/13)

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Accidental Seabirds / Tony Appleseed / Francis Lombardi, 9pm

Asbury Lanes (Asbury): Thank You Scientist / Bent Knee / Tea Club, 7pm

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Coward / Bacchae / Stag Party / Ides / Planning For Burial, 7pm, $10

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Gallagher's Guesthouse / Backhouse, 9:30pm

BoonTunes (Boonton): Sundyed / Junkanoo / paul from the internet / Clown, Baby, 7pm, $10

Boot & Saddle (Philly): Strand Of Oaks / Lomelda, 7:30pm, SOLD OUT

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): The Stolen / The Vaughns / Skyeline / Pollyanna / Malibu, 6pm, $13-$15

The Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Sonny Kenn, 7pm

The Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Yawn Mower / Marc Tappan / Wetbrain, 9pm

The Clubhouse (Toms River): The Customers / Superjudge / The Highschool Superstars / Transfer Post, 7pm, $5

House of Independents (Asbury): Turnover / Men I Trust, 7pm, SOLD OUT

Johnny Brenda's (Philly): Kadavar / Ruby The Hatchet, 9pm, SOLD OUT

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Jet Weston & His Atomic Ranch Hands, 9:30pm

Madison Square Garden (NYC): Z100 Jingle Ball ft. Taylor Swift / Jonas Brothers / Camila Cabello / Halsey / 5SOS / Niall Horan / Lizzo / Dan + Shay / Monsta X / Lewis Capaldi / Fletcher, 7pm, SOLD OUT I think but it looks like Ticketmaster is trying to trick you into paying scalper prices

Meatlocker (Montclair): The Angry Pirates / Spanish Dracula / Rockstar Racecar, 9pm

Northside Lounge (Manville): Houston & The Dirty Rats / Some Kind Of Nightmare / Sophistipunx, 9pm, FREE

Pino's (Highland Park): The Do Rights, 8:30pm

Rent Party (Maplewood): Lily Vakili Band / Allied Chemical / Thrill Ride, 7:30pm, $10

Rowan University (Glassboro): Tigers Jaw / Oso Oso, 6pm

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Dr. Void & The Death Machines / Screamin' Rebel Angels, 9pm

The Saint (Asbury): Stevie D w Corey Glover / In Spite Of / Kodiak, 7:30pm, $15-$20

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Taking Back Sunday / Dave Hause & The Mermaid / Modern Chemistry, 7pm

Stone Pony (Asbury): The Promised Land / Bob Polding, 8pm

TLA (Philly): The Bouncing Souls / The Bronx / The Bar Stool Preachers, 7pm, $27.50

Tralfamadore (Philly): Holy Gifts (record release) / Karl Blau / Gen Ed / Lex Roz, 7pm, $7-$10

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Plenty Of Excuses (Alice In Chains acoustic covers) / Baron Praxis, 8pm, $5

SATURDAY (12/14)

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): The Constant, 9pm

Baby's All Right (Brooklyn): Honduras / Dentist / The Zings, 7pm, $12.50

BoonTunes (Boonton): Grave Next Door / The Astral Cadence / Zion / Circadian Lapse / Reign Of Fear, 7pm, $10

Boot & Saddle (Philly): Strand Of Oaks / Wild Pink, 7:30pm, SOLD OUT

Bowery Ballroom (NYC): Gates of the West: London Calling 40th Anniversary w/ Eugene Hutz / Debbie Harry / Jesse Malin / Fred Armisen / more, 8pm

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Tonal Crush / Metal Life Crisis / Broken Past / Metalland / Atomic Battery / The Knuckleheads / Kenny K & The Way, 6pm

The Chubby Pickle (Highlands): The Disagreements / Nokendo, 8pm

Clash Bar (Clifton): Red Hymns / Torrential Downpour / With Intention, 8pm, $10

The Clubhouse (Toms River): Ditz / Origami Angel / Cheem / Caveart, 7pm, $5

Convention Hall (Asbury): Pop Break Locals Christmas Party & Toy Drive w/ Lowlight / GayGuy/StraightGuy / The Clydes / Lou Montesano, 7pm

House of Independents (Asbury): Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties, 6:30pm, SOLD OUT

Meatlocker (Montclair): Voarm / Concussion / Galare, 9pm

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Stuyvesant / Kerbivore / Cathedral Ceilings, 9pm

Monty Hall (Jersey City): Altamonty ft. Laura Cantrell / Juniper / Girls On Grass / The Piggies, 6pm, $12

Otto's Shrunken Head (NYC): Spookey Ruben / The Red Room / Littlefoot, 2:30pm

Pet Rescue (Brooklyn): The Finks / Pocket Protector / Rancho Cowabunga / Gorgeous, 8:30pm, $5

The Saint (Asbury): The Imaginary, 1pm, $12

The Saint (Asbury): The Virgins From Hell, 7:30pm, $10

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Taking Back Sunday / The Beaches / Neil Rubenstein, 7pm

Stone Pony (Asbury): New Politics / Plain White Ts / The Mowgli's, 6pm, $30

TLA (Philly): The Bouncing Souls / The Bronx / The Bar Stool Preachers, 1:30pm, $27.50

Transparent (Asbury): Pony / Deaglan Howlett & Nic Palermo / <><>,, 4pm

Wells Fargo Center (Philly): Misfits / Dropkick Murphys / Agnostic Front, 9pm

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Motor City Revue, 7pm, $20-$25

SUNDAY (12/15)

10th Ave Burrito (Belmar): The Stash Band!, 1pm

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Sandy Mack, 4pm

Asbury Lanes (Asbury): Fred Armisen, 8pm, $32

Brooklyn Bowl (Brooklyn): Delicate Steve / Dirty Fences / Ackerman, 8pm, $16-$32

The Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Ugly Sweater Christmas Party ft. Alix G / Woodfish / Patty C / Kev Daly, 7pm

House of Independents (Asbury): Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties, 6:30pm, $22-$25

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Peter & Geoffrey Myers, 1pm

Meatlocker (Montclair): Motion The Gates / Coffin Void / Dissentience / JAWS / Subjugatixn, 9pm

Monty Hall (Jersey City): Laura Stevenson / Adult Mom, 7pm

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Closet Carpenters, 7pm

The Saint (Asbury): Jo Wymer Student Holiday Showcase, 12noon, $8

The Saint (Asbury): Radiator King / Don DiLego & The Touristas / Michael Hess, 5pm, $10-$13

Thursday, December 5, 2019

What's Going On: 12/5, 12/6, 12/7 & 12/8, 2019

NJ's beloved Ergs! return to a sold-out House of Independents on Saturday.

Mazel Tov, CD2!!

Absolutely stacked weekend in the NJ / NY / PHL area. Stacked. Here, at CDMHQ, CD #2 becomes a bat mitzvah on Saturday, so mazel tov to her.

Thursday night alone features shows from Vampire Weekend, Bob Dylan, The Hold Steady, Thurston Moore, The Menzingers, Lucy Dacus, Bon Iver, Tallies, J. Robbins, The Joy Formidable, and more. It's more of the same throughout the rest of the weekend with the big, sold-out Ergs! show on Saturday in Asbury.

Have fun. Catch up on that holiday shopping. Don't drink and drive.

THURSDAY (12/5)

ALPHAVILLE. (Brooklyn): Tallies / Honey Cutt / End Scene, 8pm, $10

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Open Mic, 8pm

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): 1 Minute Talk Show, 7pm, $17-$20

Barca City (New Brunswick): From The Concrete / Lolo Shang / NovaBound, 8:30pm

Barclays Center (Brooklyn): Alt 92.3 "Not So Silent Night" 2019 ft. Mumford & Sons / Vampire Weekend / Cage The Elephant / more, 6pm

Beacon Theatre (NYC): Bob Dylan, 8pm, $59.50-$169.50

Boot & Saddle (Philly): J. Robbins Band / LAPĂȘCHE, 7:30pm

Brooklyn Bowl (Brooklyn): The Hold Steady / Wussy, 8pm

Brooklyn Steel (Brooklyn): Devendra Banhart / Black Belt Eagle Scout, 8pm

Chamber 43 (Highland Park): Glazer / Spowder / Mr. Phylzzz / Splundr, 7:30pm

The Clubhouse (Toms River): Mover Shaker / Halogens / Kissies / Ogbert The Nerd, 7pm, $5

FM Jersey City (Jersey City): Rappin' It Up 2019, 7pm

Kings Theatre (Brooklyn): Bon Iver / Tu Dance, 8pm, $40-$150

(le) poisson rouge (NYC): Thurston Moore Group / Devin Brahja Waldman, 7:30pm, $25

Rough Trade NYC (Brooklyn): The Joy Formidable / TWEN, 8:30pm

The Saint (Asbury): Bobbie Holiday / Coopah The Savage / BMB / Drew, 7:30pm, $10

Stanhope House (Stanhope): Sponge / The Nixons, 6pm, $20

Stone Pony (Asbury): Morgan Evans / Madison Kozak, 7pm, $25-$29

Trans-Pecos (Queens): Grim Streaker / A Deer A Horse / Luggage / Shop Talk, 8pm, $10

Warsaw (Brooklyn): The Menzingers / Tigers Jaw / Culture Abuse, 7pm, SOLD OUT

Webster Hall (NYC): Lucy Dacus, 7pm

Wonder Bar (Asbury): lespecial, 7pm, $12

FRIDAY (12/6)

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Fora and Fang / Jennifer Karma / Caisy Falzone, 9pm

Asbury Lanes (Asbury): Toy Drive ft. FEENY / Jesse Elliot / Brianna Musco / New Narratives / Elaine Rasnake, 6pm

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Kulick / Ella Ross / Blaise, 7pm, $12-$15

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Sunshine Spazz / Six Overs / Tiki Torture, 9:30pm

Baby's All Right (Brooklyn): Say Sue Me / Painted Zeros, 7pm, $15

Beacon Theatre (NYC): Bob Dylan, 8pm, $59.50-$169.50

BoonTunes (Boonton): With Sails Ahead / Destinatin Dimension / The Rocky Coasts / Scissorfish / Cephalapods and Their Allies, 7pm, $10

Boot & Saddle (Philly): Thurston Moore / Devin Brahja Waldman, 7:30pm, SOLD OUT

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Hub City Stompers / Turnpike Wrecks / Damage Done / The Way Of / Dusters, 8pm, $12

Brooklyn Bowl (Brooklyn): The Hold Steady / Lilith, 9pm

The Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Dr. Strange / X Men / 40 Pound Hound, 9pm

Clash Bar (Clifton): Low Roads Ghost / The O>Matics / Love's Over-Rated / Bob-omb, 9pm

The Clubhouse (Toms River): Tricia Band / Georgia Foreman / Citrus / Wyndup Kid, 7pm, $5

FM Jersey City (Jersey City): The Jack Moves / Fancy Colors / Peter Bark / Erika Bracy, 8pm, $8

Flemington DIY (Flemington): Roselove / StepheN Ferm / The Convincing Actor / Columnaris, 7pm, $5-$10

House of Independents (Asbury): Burlesque-A-Pades, 8pm, $18-$40

Kings Theatre (Brooklyn): She & Him, 8pm

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Xol Azul, 9:30pm

Little Buddy Hideaway (Asbury): Slowey & The Boats, 9pm

Meatlocker (Montclair): Cassanova Valentine vs Jeff Cannonball / Chained To The Dead / Secret Cutter / Dutchguts / Orthopedic Cranial Encavement, 8pm

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Clamfight / Brain Candle / 19DRT / Bridge Under Fire / Which Witch, 9pm

Paramount Theatre (Asbury): Del McCoury, 7pm, $29-$79

Red Tank Brewing (Red Bank): Lost Transmission / The Red Room / The Way Out, 7pm

Rough Trade NYC (Brooklyn): The Joy Formidable / TWEN, 8:30pm

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Ring Of Fire, 8:30pm

St. Vitus (Brooklyn): J. Robbins Band / LAPĂȘCHE / Ageist, 7pm, $12

The Saint (Asbury): Current Swell / Carmanah / The Tide Bends, 7:30pm, $6-$15

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Michael Ray / Jimmie Allen / Walker Country, 6pm

Stone Pony (Asbury): Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why / Mike Pinto / Rachel Ana Dobkin, 7:30pm, $20-$25

Stosh's (Fair Lawn): The Milwaukees / Ruby Bones / Cyclone Static / World War IX / Defecting Grey, 7:30pm

Trans-Pecos (Queens): Common Holly / Sam Skinner / Cheeky, 7pm, $12

Underground Arts (Philly): Guided By Voices, 9pm

Webster Hall (NYC): Twin Peaks, 7pm, $25

Wellmont (Montclair): The Cult, 7pm, $30-$100

White Eagle Hall (Jersey City): Reverend Horton Heat / Voodoo Glow Skulls / The 5678s / Dave Alvin, 8pm, $27.50-$30

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Glimmer Grass Band, 5pm, $5

SATURDAY (12/7)

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Regina Sayles, 9pm

Asbury Lanes (Asbury): Reverend Horton Heat / Voodoo Glow Skulls / The 5678s / Dave Alvin, 7pm

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): A Will Away / Small Talks / Sunsleeper / Mandancing, 7pm, $12-$14

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): The Vansaders / <><>, , 9:30pm

BoonTunes (Boonton): Catch Me If You Can / RJ's Pizza / Engineers / SPITSHINE, 7pm

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Winter's Wake 2019, 7pm, $10

Brooklyn Bowl (Brooklyn): The Hold Steady / Ezra Furman, 9pm

Brooklyn Steel (Brooklyn): Manchester Orchestra / Nothing / Foxing / Oso Oso, 7pm, SOLD OUT

Championship Bar (Trenton): When Particles Collide / Nikki Nailbomb / Honah Lee / Joy On Fire, 7pm, $8

The Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Ham By The Pound / Flourish / JWaltzz / Ruby, 6pm

The Chubby Pickle (Highlands): The Pontiacs, 9pm

Clash Bar (Clifton): Chained To The Dead / The Sun The Moon The Stars / Triple Cripple / Dutchguts / Unhinge, 7pm

The Clubhouse (Toms River): KONG / Counterfeit Culture / Ovtlier / Saving Vice / Secret Eyes, 7pm, $10

FM Jersey City (Jersey City): The Elite Camp, 9pm, $10

The Footlight (Queens): Basic Bitches / Creek and Kills / Hekla / The Subtexts / The Whores, 8pm

House of Independents (Asbury): The Ergs! / School Drugs / Teenage Halloween, 7pm, SOLD OUT

John & Peter's (New Hope, PA): Brother JT / The Fletchers / Naughty Clouds, 8pm

Krogh's (Sparta): Brian Erickson / Old Currents / Mick Hargan / Amanda Rose Riley, 10pm

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Matt Wade, 9:30pm

Meatlocker (Montclair): Broken Heroes / South Class Veterans / The Despised NJ / The Ice Cold Killers / Diamond Dogz, 9pm

The Saint (Asbury): Josh Zuckerman Band, 7:30pm, $10

Stanhope House (Stanhope): The World/Inferno Friendship Society / The Damn Long Hairs / Ska-Walkers, 6pm, $15

Stone Pony (Asbury): Sinderella's Ball ft. Bobby Bandiera / Docs Of Rock / Strumberry Pie, 7pm, $25

Trans-Pecos (Brooklyn): Jelly Kelly / Whiner / Cindy Cane / Pink Mexico, 8pm, $10

White Eagle Hall (Jersey City): Bettye LaVette, 8pm, $40

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Sean Tobin & The Boardwalk Fire, 7pm, $5

SUNDAY (12/8)

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Sandy Mack, 4pm

BoonTunes (Boonton): Pheller / Feeny / From The Concrete / Loyalty To Me, 5:30pm, $10

Concerts In The Studio (Freehold): Sam Amidon, 3pm

The Downtown (Red Bank): Chris Rockwell / Switch Mob / Pepperwine / S0ulFood / more, 6pm, $12-$15

FM Jersey City (Jersey City): GRLwood / A Deer A Horse / Splundr, 5pm, $7-$10

House of Independents (Asbury): Andrew McMahon's Winter in the Wilderness, 7pm, SOLD OUT

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Frank Lombardi / Renee Maskin, 1pm

Paramount Theatre (Asbury): A Very Asbury Holiday Show, 6pm, $29-$175

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Crash Gordon & Debra Dynamite / Max Jukes / The Razorbacks, 2pm, $15

Stone Pony (Asbury): Jody Joseph Christmas Concert, 12noon, $25

Trans-Pecos (Queens): Babes All Rock Fest ft. Crazy Pills / Sharkmuffin / Theophobia / Lady Bits / Catty / New Myths / tubafresh / PowerSnap, 3pm

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Comet Gain, Fireraisers Forever!, 2019

Album Review

By Henry Lipput 

If you don't know anything about Comet Gain, the London-based indie band, you've probably heard their great 2001 pop single "You Can Hide Your Love Forever" on the Fortuna POP! label. As Fortuna POP! was going out of business in 2016, it released a series of singles including the truly wonderful Fortuna POP! All-Stars cover of that song. 

"You Can Hide Your Love Forever" is just one side of Comet Gain. Founded in 1992, the band also seem steeped in the British punk and post-punk political legacy of groups like The Mekons, The Clash, and Close Lobsters. 

You can hear all of this and more on Fireraisers Forever! the new album by Comet Gain. Founder, singer-songwriter, and guitarist, David Feck, had led an ever-changing line-up of musicians over the years that seem to have hit their stride on this new collection of songs.

The opening track, the blistering "We're All Fucking Morons," has short, sharp guitar licks and bursts of organ. With the lyrics "We're all fucking morons / Don't you know it's true / We're all fucking morons / My finger's pointing straight at you," the listener is included in the accusation. "Victor Jara Finally Found!" is a tribute to the Chilean folk singer and activist who was killed by his own government in 1973. In many ways it's Comet Gain's "Spanish Bombs." "Society Of Inner Nothing" has some fine intertwined guitar work and also recalls The Clash's London Calling.

Moving from the political to the personal, "The Godfrey Brothers" is a lovely, jangly pop tune. "Your Life On Your Knees" tells the tale of a guy who has really messed up his life: "Four A.M. in an alleyway crying / Wishing I was loved by someone."   Two songs on Fireraisers Forever! contain echoes of The Replacements on Don't Tell A Soul/Dead Man's Pop. "I Can't Live Here Anymore" is about the end of a relationship and finishes with the heartbreaking sound of a child repeating his parent's "I can't live here anymore." And on "Her 33rd Perfect Goodbye," about a girl who glued her hopes to a sunset that never came and dances alone in her small room, Feck's vocal has a similar sound to Paul Westerberg on "Achin' To Be."

Fireraisers Forever! is out now on Tapete Records.