Monday, April 18, 2016

Freehold's Fun While You Wait Release First Full-Length Tomorrow. Touring with We're Ghosts Now.


Fun While You Wait combine the bounce of ukulele with a melodic rhythm section to produce sunny and upbeat-sounding pop. Vocalist / ukulele-ist (?), Devon Moore, has a direct and soulful voice that lends a level of heft to the band's sound that you might not expect from ukulele-driven pop. On April 19th, Fun While You Wait will release their first full-length, Continuity.

Fans of the acoustic-infused pop of the Elephant 6 Collective and its acolytes, like Beirut, will find plenty to dig into here, especially songs like "Target" or "Peace of Mind" which feature Bruce Krywinski, Jr. on trumpet. There are some definite musical hints of bands like Neutral Milk Hotel (for whom there's actually a tribute band called Neutral Uke Hotel) on songs like "Eager to Please" and "Apples & Oranges," but Fun While You Wait aren't really playing in the same lo-fi space. Kevin Newcomb (bass) and Keith Leming (drums) do an excellent job of filling the space necessarily left by ukulele, and everything is anchored by Moore's up-front and impressive vocals.

You can stream Continuity ahead of its release over at MyCentralJersey.

Starting on Friday, Fun While You Wait head out on tour with their buds and neighbors in We're Ghosts Now. The "East Coast Roast" Tour kicks off on April 22nd at New York's Alphabet Lounge and winds up with a record release show for Continuity on April 29th at Asbury Park Yacht Club.

Poster: Bethany Katarina

Here's the band performing a live version of "Target" for NPR's Tiny Desk Contest.

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