Artist: Above the Mendoza
Album: A Shoulder to Lean On, But Not a Crutch
Released: May 15, 2017
Genre: Pop punk
Our first encounter with Above the Mendoza was on Record Store Day at Spin Me Round, when they performed among a host of alternative and punk bands who brought high energy to the Jersey side of the Valley all afternoon and evening.
That energy continues on “A Shoulder to Lean On, But Not a Crutch” – 21 minutes of pop punk goodness from this rising Philly-area band.
Continue reading Above the Mendoza Hits a Home Run with ‘A Shoulder to Lean On, But Not a Crutch’
Artist: The Road Sodas
Released: Mar. 17, 2017
Genre: Hardcore Punk
AC, drummer for Nazareth punks The Road Sodas, forever has the distinction of being the featured artist in our 500th post, an interview with LVU contributor Ambrose Tardive.
On St. Patrick’s Day, he and his bandmates distinguished themselves further, this time as one of the heaviest, grooviest punk bands the Valley has seen in recent memory with the release of their self-titled EP, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Nate West.
Continue reading Review: The Road Sodas EP
The place to be on the music scene on Saturday afternoon? The Phillipsburg Mall. That’s where Spin Me Round, the popular regional record store, is located, and where the store held its annual Record Store Day celebration.
Continue reading #WeekendRewind: Record Store Day at Spin Me Round
Artist: Houston & The Dirty Rats
Album: RAT EP (LISTEN)
Released: March 5, 2017
Genre: Rat Rock/Punk
Phillipsburg punk band Houston and the Dirty Rats has come forth with a strong first impression in its introductory six-track statement, the recently-released “RAT EP.”
Continue reading Review: Houston and the Dirty Rats – RAT EP
A.C. – drummer for Valley bands Grass and the recently reunited Road Sodas – is a natural story-teller; there’s a sexy rasp to his voice, and a swagger to his delivery. He’s a wildcard, but in a lovable, cinematic way. I asked him a few questions about the return of the Sodas. His answers are presented here minimally edited, in his own excited, run-on style.
Continue reading Interview: A.C. (The Road Sodas)