Guilty Giraffe is a name you may not have heard yet on the local scene, but I guarantee you that will change following their release of Server Error coming up on May 5. Mint 400 Records’ newest, and youngest, band have already released the music video for the album’s first single, “Doom Song,” and have been earning the reputation for being “the loudest band in the five buroughs,” which is a pretty fucking cool epithet to claim. But these dude’s aren’t just wild and crazy loud, Mat and Felipe are both talented way beyond their years as well as hard working and ambitious enough to carve out a niche for themselves in this scene.
Last week, I was able to chat with the Guilty Giraffe bros for a minute about the upcoming album release, their writing process, their musical maturity, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
You know when you start listening to an album and you think, “This is it. I’ve found it. The album I’ve been waiting for my entire life”? That happened to me within seconds of playing Sunflower’s first full-length studio album, Within My World. I don’t want to make any assumptions about you, but I’m pretty sure that this album is going to make you lose your fucking shit. But like, in a nice way. Gently. Folksily. Psychedelically. As a flower softly opens its petals to the morning sun, so will you lose your shit.
Space power over-watch destroying evil rats! Space power over-watch destroying evil rats! SPACE POWER OVER-WATCH DESTROYING EVIL RATS!
I’m sorry, but I can’t promise that’s entirely out of my system. Health Palm, the newest release from New Brunswick’s Spowder, out on Sniffling Indie Kids, is an absolute must-listen for any fans of old school, hardcore, mosh-pitting, punk music, the likes of which have not been seen, heard, or experience at this level of authenticity for quite some time.
The album rips open that can of whoop ass right from the start with the thirty-second first track SPACE POWER OVER-WATCH DESTROYING EVIL RATS, which, in case you haven’t caught on yet, is the most infectious thirty-second headbanger I’ve ever heard. This track is the thesis statement of the entire album. You know from Track 1 exactly what’s in store for you. This isn’t music for Grandma, unless Grandma can do a dirty pop shove-it.
Friday, April 21, The Skullers will take the altar at Cathedral Hall in Jersey City as part of the Undercroft Concert Series along with The One and Nines, Don Kincaid & The Wait, Underlined Passages, and Young Legs. Frontman Jack Skuller is one of the true local indie wunderkinds, having released his first single at age 13 on the locally famous Bar/None Records and followed that up with a series of solo releases on Mint 400 Records. Now, at the ripe age of 21, Skuller has joined forces with bassist Luigi Sardi and drummer Gabriel Scholis-Fernandez to record a new EP set to be released later this year on Mint 400 Records.
This coming Friday, April 21, Hear Me Roar Women Artists (HMRWA) will present their April Showcase at The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ. HMRWA is a feminist, activist performance series founded by Jennifer Santa Maria and April Centrone in summer of 2016, featuring female musicians and spoken word artists, with vision to create a community of female artists across the country uniting in performances nationwide. This is a group I have been a big fan of since catching their November showcase last year. The event was incredibly passionate and full of such a positive energy, and I’m sure we can expect more of the same to keep coming our way.
In the past few weeks, I was fortunate enough to be able to drop in with Jennifer Santa Maria, HMRWA co-founder and Bone & Marrow bassist, Daimon Santa Maria, Bone & Marrow guitarist, and Jenna Murphy of PRIM, who will also be performing at the April Showcase. They were generous enough to take some time to speak on why they feel these showcases are so important both personally and for the community as a whole and also deliver a message to women artists everywhere.
On Saturday, April 8, New York native singer/songwriter Shlomo Franklin headlined at the iconic Bitter End. “It’s quite exciting for me,” Franklin said, “When I started out two years ago, I had no band, a few songs, and not much experience and they gave me a 6pm slot on a Tuesday. To get the prime slot is a special milestone for me.” Franklin now plays with a full band, has a complete repertoire of original music, and has grown as a musician and performer beyond any doubt that he deserves to be headlining shows where he performs.