Monday, February 29, 2016

A Pair of Leap Day Releases from Bird Hotel & Feeny

New Brunswick Release Day

It's February 29th, so happy birthday to all of you folks who only get to celebrate for real every four years. It's also the birthday of a pair of EPs from New Brunswick bands.

Bird Hotel, A Death in the Family

A Death in the Family is the second EP from New Brunswick metal-influenced punk band Bird Hotel. It opens with "Ira," which after a quiet first few seconds accelerates to breakneck pace.  "Ira" and all three songs on the EP feature an artery-popping vocal delivery and some seriously face-melting lead guitar. The set-closer, the six-minute "Endless," is a song that swerves between head-banging metal and melodic rock and features guest vocals from Steve Kelly of Man Dancing.
Everything was recorded by the very busy Max Rauch.

You can grab A Death in the Family over at Bird Hotel's Bandcamp page.

Feeny, No Beauty in Routine

New Brunswick trio, Feeny, are a pop-punk trio who met and formed at a party sometime in 2014. Since then, they've gigged tirelessly from Montreal's Pouzzafest to tours that took them throughout their home base in Central Jersey and up and down the East Coast. The culmination of much of that hard work is No Beauty in Routine.

The big guitar chords and up-front vocals on No Beauty in Routine place Feeny squarely in the venerable New Brunswick, NJ pop-punk tradition. There are a few twists and turns, however. The band's post-rock influences shine through on the title track, "Spoilation," and "Patience and Paranoia." "The Haymarket Affair" almost sounds like a louder version of Death Cab For Cutie. Though, No Beauty in Routine also features its share of fist-pumping moments of pop-punk. Produced, mixed, and mastered by Jesse Cannon and Mike Oettinger at Cannon Found Station in Union City, No Beauty in Routine is available as a Name Your Price download over at Feeny's Bandcamp page.


  1. Small correction on BH - ending track is "Endless" feat. Steve Kelly. Opening track is "Ira".

  2. The perils of listening to a pre-release version and just scanning the Bandcamp for credits. Apologies. Fixed.