On Saturday, May 9 Tony Appleseed (Anthony Defabritus of Accidental Seabirds and lead engineer at the lauded AntFarm Studio) unveiled his debut collection of mind altering walls of sound, which has been accurately titled metanoia.
The 15-track amalgamation of neurological drips, sound collages, Dream Theater-influenced jams, and unsettling poetics might just be Tony Appleseed’s attempt to summon some sort of lizard king, but demonic reptiles aside, this debut LP of intricately structured textures and emotions is a worthwhile ride you can stream below:
Asbury Park’s own Moon Motel, which featured drummer Al Letizia (Tony Appleseed, Accidental Seabirds) filling in for regular stick wielder Andrew Oliva, Defabritus on keys, and the outfit’s most recent addition in bass plucker Billy Anania, rounded out the evening and crept through a series of cuts slated for the outfit’s forthcoming full-length that will showcase the Thursday-inspired rock offerings of frontman Jay Sales.
The record release party also featured a set by the Brick Township-based Bone & Marrow (ex Elevator Art members Jen and Daimon Santa Maria), who unveiled its debut LP Patterns earlier this month at Asbury Lanes, and continue to impress in the live forum, not merely transporting its Talking Heads-tinged pop-rock space expedition to the stage, but transforming it into an even more visceral and alluring exhibition. Check out Patterns below and stay tuned for the follow up, which is apparently already written.
Opening the night was a solo set by Little Big Toe (Jimmy James Cutrera of Tony Appleseed and Accidental Seabirds), who sampled experimental folk-rock selections from his 2014 long form collection Blind Sober, while New York City psych-rockers and Berklee College of Music alums El Mar dazzled with the perfect soundtrack to a fog-cloaked evening.
Check out more photos from the event below:
Bone & Marrow
Little Big Toe