Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Premiere: 24-Hour Songwriting Challenge Contribution from No Wine For Kittens (w/ Jon Stewart)

No Wine For Kittens at their final performance in 2012 by Kristen Driscoll, courtesy of Speak Into My Good Eye


No Wine For Kittens were an award-winning and much-loved Asbury Park band who played their last official show in December of 2012, about two years before the first-ever Speak Into My Good Eye 24-Hour Songwriting Challenge. Since then, NWFK members Justin and Emily Bornemann and Andy Bova went on to form Dentist, one of the most vital and important acts to come out of the current Asbury Park music scene. Rick Barry released an EP and a stunning LP, Curses, Maledictions and Harsh Reiterations, that took him all the way to a performance at Lincoln Center as part of the "American Songbook" series. Andy Bova eventually left as Dentist's full-time drummer to focus on the production and engineering side of things with his Simple Sound Studio in Oceanport.

Speak Into My Good Eye's 24-Hour Songwriting Challenge has a way of making interesting things happen. After almost five years of focusing on other projects, the members of No Wine For Kittens got together for one 24-hour period to write and record a new song, "Catastrophes." Oh, and joining them for the session was up-and-coming drummer and van owner, Jon Stewart.

With "Catastrophes," No Wine For Kittens have gone for something a little more sprawling and wide open than the sometimes jittery indie pop of their early work. The trademark vocal harmonies between Rick Barry and Emily Bornemann are still there making this one a treat, especially for anyone who's been missing this band. And the drums are spot on.

For "Catastrophes," No Wine For Kittens are:

Rick Barry - guitar / vocals
Justin Bornemann - guitars
Emily Bornemann - vocals
Andy Bova - keys / synths
Jon Stewart - drums / has a van

"Catastrophes" will appear on Speak Into My Good Eye's 4th Annual 24-Hour Songwriting Challenge compilation, available on November 17th at the SIMGE Bandcamp page. All proceeds from sales of the compilation will benefit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK).

SIMGE will be celebrating the release of the compilation when they join us for Freaksgiving: A Friendsgiving Fuzz Fest at Asbury Park Brewery on November 18th. That show also features a beard and mustache competition, music from The RockNRoll HiFives, Yawn Mower, and NWFK alums Dentist. It benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention as well as 1-800-273-TALK.

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