I have often wondered why there are not any music venues in Ocean County. Even in the party town of Seaside, everything is a bar or DJ-centric venue. I know I have been spoiled by the riches in Asbury, but when you do not feel like making the trip, where is a local supposed to go to hear your favorite local bands while staying close to home?
“We’re going to put Lacey on the map”. So were the words uttered at the christening of a new underground basement venue that has taken the moniker of Kings Landing. Rock-n-Roll ten minutes from home. Incredibly stoked!
Toms River’s Curious Garden took the warm up slot for the night’s main attraction, American Trappist. Joe Michelini and crew celebrated the release of their self-titled, full-length offering which hit the airwaves on September 2. Put out by Painted Lady Records, the album contains an edgy mix of indie alt-rock filled with emotional undertones that reach straight into your heart.
The energy and passion remain front and center as Joe barred all while covering the gambit of pressings. The performance showed an artist that is still incredibly grateful for all the love and remains dedicated to sharing that right back. We can look forward to many more American Trappist releases in the near future, I understand they have a slew of material just waiting to be heard.
The choice selections from the evening: