Thursday, August 29, 2019

Premiere: New Single from The Extensions. Bellicose EP out 9/20.

The Extensions by Aly Paulette

"Hollowed Out"

The Extensions are an Asbury Park-based four-piece that are, well, an extension of the members' earlier projects. The Extensions bring together members of The Paper Jets, Centennials, Dave Mooney & Viewers Like You, and Fun While You Wait to deliver a sound based in power pop hooks, big rock and roll guitars, and post-punk inspired keys.

Made up of Brian Erickson (vocals, guitar), Lisa LoVell (keys, guitar), Kevin Newcomb (bass), and Pete Stern (drums), the band are premiering their very first single with us today. "Hollowed Out" officially drops tomorrow and will appear on The Extensions' forthcoming Bellicose EP which is due from Mint 400 Records and 3143 Management on 9/20.

Of "Hollowed Out," Erickson shares, "'Hollowed Out' has a little bit to do with the state of the scene. You start thinking of bigger-picture questions like 'Why run the race in the first place?' and it takes the joy out of the process. It hollows you out, if you would. You realize that there are people around here who want to feel famous without doing much of the work. But I never like to question others' motives unless I also question my own. So maybe I'm guilty of it, too. Maybe we all are in our own ways. It's certainly easier than succeeding for real."

The Extensions cite the likes of Spoon, Elvis Costello & The Attractions, and Matthew Sweet as influences; and "Hollowed Out" showcases the guitar-heavy, intelligent, and catchy power pop that you'd expect given that list of forebears. Give "Hollowed Out" an early listen below and then look for the official release tomorrow, 8/30.

The Bellicose EP will be available on 9/20. The Extensions celebrate that release with a show at Asbury Lanes the same night as part of the 3143 Compilation release party.

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