The second in a series of shows hosted by Nikki Black of Jersey Rock went down last Friday at The Brighton Bar in Long Branch. Sponsored by Yuengling and Bands on a Budget, the series is entitled Winter Beach Crawl and features local bands at different venues throughout Monmouth and Ocean County. And of course they are near the beach. The first showcase was held at The Saint and while I could not attend that night, I made sure to hit up this nights show and take in some outstanding local music versed with a little punk flare.
Twin Coves opened up the night with a really great set. The female fronted quartet ventured up from Atlantic City to share with us a very mature, pop-punk sound that has generated a substantial following. I am not one to make ‘sounds like’ comparisons and avoid it at all costs but in this case, and because I really liked them, picture Paramores first record and add maturity and grit and you get a smattering of their sound. But it goes further. It would be great to see them in the Asbury scene, so hopefully they will be back up soon. Check out their music on BandCamp.
Semiotics and Modern Chemistry traded good natured barbs towards each other during their respective sets. Semiotics are coming off a fresh performance on Carriage House TV and Modern Chemistry is in the middle of their self-titled NJ World Tour.
Lowlight closed the night out and ended their set with a special request from the crowd for David Bowie’s song, Heroes. Up next for the Winter Beach Crawl is a show at Paul’s Tavern in Belmar on Feb 26 , followed up on March 10th with a show at River Rock Restaurant in Brick. Check it out, some great local bands are in the mix and it is great to see a couple of different venues come in and support our local music.
The choice selections from the evening: