Scene Swap: Post-Boss Asbury Park
Scene Swap is an exciting new feature in which we partner with artists and fans across the country to exchange musical recommendations in order to shine the spotlight on those bands who haven’t yet broken out beyond the confines of their own local scene. In this installment Nicole Atkins (who hails from Springsteen haunt Asbury Park, New Jersey) tells us a bit about who is currently keeping the city’s musical legacy alive. Atkins will be performing at the Turf Club on February 25th.
You can stream Atkins new single “Girl You Look Amazing” off of her recent album Slow Phaser here.
The last couple of years Asbury has seen a really nice revival in its heavier Psychedelic, Blues and Garage genres with a crop of new bands. The scene here was overridden with a lot of generic blues and 80’s rock for a while but thankfully that’s died down. With the artist revolution happening in town, the youngins are moving in and they are making some good shit. Here are some of my current favorites. Wreaths is a soulful psych drone band that are always great to see live, sometimes there’s 5 members, sometimes 10. They also throw really great happenings and pop up shows in town usually making for the best nights out. They create a lot of space in their songs which is something to strive for.
The Glycerine Queens are four ultra badass teenage shredders that play awesome Stoner Bummer Punk. Ranging in ages 17-19, they’ve been a band for a few years now and are really finding their sound. I’m actually producing a full length for them and here’s one of the tracks. They also cover Tame Impala’s “Elephant,” which is a doozy. I can’t wait to see what these girls shows are gonna be like when they get legal. haha
Once again, Nicole Atkins will be performing next Tues (2/25) at the Turf Club. Tickets are available in advance here