Known by many of their devout fans as New Jersey music’s best kept secret, one can only hope Hackettstown’s Only Living Boy is on the cusp of transcending the barrier from being relatively unknown on the larger scope of the modern rock scene, to becoming a name that’s synonymous with any conversation regarding the genre.
Over the past few years, the band has released their second full length, 2011’s Hide Nothing, along with regular EP releases that included 2012’s Spread Your Butter b/w Scrambled Eggs, and the following year’s Cool Collected Headcase. Their next EP, set to be released soon, will be called Little Fish. The EP will feature “Stars,” the band’s newest single, which was posted to their Facebook page on November 18th.
OLB’s sound has always brought with it an air of raunchy and apologetic moodiness, and makes no mistakes in its delivery. “Stars” is without a doubt a catalyst in the trio’s evolution, and is a testament to singer/ guitarist Joe Cirotti’s songwriting capabilities. The muddy rhythm that spews from bassist Eric Curley and drummer Trevor Newcomb sets the tone for Cirotti’s whaling bends that open the track.
After the opening, the song unfolds and turns itself into a melody-driven, minor-keyed ride through which Cirotti and Curley lay it on thick with honest lyrics and harmonies that absolutely soar. The song builds and wanes from beginning to end, and makes for a gripping soundscape through and through. Keep your eyes peeled for the new EP, Little Fish, from Only Living Boy, which will be released in the near future.