Since the closure of Maxwell’s, our fellow New Jerseyans to the north have been looking for some new spaces to hold their shows. On Friday and Saturday, October 18th and 19th, Dromedary Records held their 2oth anniversary bash and benefit, Camelfest 2013, at Asbury Lanes. It was like a little bit of North Jersey / New York on the Jersey Shore.
On Friday, Jersey City power trio, Wax Darts, brought their “post proto punk” and did an excellent cover of Tom Petty’s “You Got Lucky.” New York’s Coffin Daggers filled the Lanes with their instrumental surf punk, and they sounded right at home in our little urban, musical mecca by the shore. Brooklyn’s atmospheric noise-punk duo, Cinema Cinema, did a relentless, non-stop set, closing with their cover of P.J. Harvey’s “50 Ft. Queenie” which appears on a Dromedary-released seven-inch and the From ’93 ‘Til Infinity covers compilation. Tuckerton’s The Everymen closed things out with a wild and woolly set, featuring cuts from their upcoming second LP.
Several folks from Hudson County and environs made the trip to celebrate with Dromedary Records and to help the label raise money for Roots and Wings, a non-profit that seeks to aid young adults who have aged out of the foster system. We’re still in the early stages of the post-Maxwell’s era in New Jersey, but here’s hoping that we made them all feel welcome enough that this weekend was just the beginning of a beautiful relationship.
Check out photos from Night 1 of Camelfest below.