Photography by Kristen Driscoll
On Thursday evenings Hazlet, NJ’s own Julian Fulton & The Zombie Gospel held an EP release party for its debut release, Heart & Arms, at Asbury Lanes alongside Elevator Art, Green Paper, and Ladykiller…and I’ve never been more terrified.
As you may, or may not, be privy too, a Miami man named Rudy Eugene ate a homeless man’s face and took a handful of slugs to the chest before being put down by authorties; Garden State resident Wayne Carter was barricaded inside a room and proceeded to throw pieces of his own flesh and intestines at officers trying to reach him; Jordan Wyatt tore out a man’s heart, among other body parts, and several other recent cases of extreme violence and cannibalism have led the walker-intrigued masses to the brink of belief in a full-fledged uprising of the zombie kind via the mind melting capabilities of consumed bath salts.
Thus, the last place this writer wanted to be was in the pit with a patronage that supports a collective of undead gospel preachers. However, the collective’s 11-song set of genre-hopping Indie-Rock appeared to soothe this potentially savage congregation, clad in shredded garments and sporting ghoulish body paint, as the collective offered a series of selections from the record including the ghostly Blues jaunt “And Now,” the multi-layered and acoustic six-string-driven “Wishing Well (A Fool’s Waltz),” a piano led Pop tune titled “Junkie Song,” and the collection’s lead single “Lie,” among others.
Check out the SIMGEssential “Lie” below and pick up Hearts & Arms here.
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