ASBURY PARK — Where have all a New Jersey stone festivals gone?
Asbury Park’s Skate and Surf Festival, a punk end 15 years ago, ballooned into a A-list-drawing Bamboozle in East Rutherford and afterwards Asbury Park again. Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi and Lil Wayne would all play a weekend-long fest before it morphed behind into Skate and Surf in 2013 and again concentration on a punk and alt-rock roots.
But there was zero of this in 2016 or ’17, nor was there a estimable followup to a sprawling Rock Carnival that brought Godsmack, Black Label Society and Anthrax to Clark in 2015. Vans Warped Tour rolls by any summer, yet a approach past a heyday.
Luckily, 2015 also saw the lass voyage of Jack Antonoff’s uber-Jersey festival Shadow of a City at The Stone Pony Summer Stage. Two years later, a day-long shorefront eventuality is simply a state’s many heterogeneous and interesting rock-and-pop festival and on Sunday, Antonoff’s possess electro-rock outfit Bleachers was behind to headline.
“This is my favorite day of a year,” Antonoff said. “This is a dream.”
Between sepulchral cuts off his latest manuscript “Gone Now,” a 33-year-old Bergenfield native, who has recently turn as good famous for his producing and essay credits with Lorde and Taylor Swift as his past work with a Grammy-winning contingent called fun., reminded of because he started this early tumble festival to start with.
“You spend your whole life wanting to leave New Jersey, and afterwards we leave and comprehend there’s zero better.”
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Local plugging aside, this was a terrific, deeply ardent set from a bespectacled thespian and his four-piece band. The song is some crush of Talking Heads and Springsteenian rocker panache, and in a live setting, Antonoff leaned toward a latter, hammering his guitar and spurring a throng with outrageous arena-worthy chorus. Sure, many of a Bleachers songs have millions of plays online yet I’m still in astonishment of how zero of his beast hooks have ensnared a cocktail universe utterly like his behind-the-scenes work for heavier hitters.
By a time Bleachers came on, a Pony’s outside venue was usually about one-third full, maybe 1,000 people. An progressing performer, however, packaged a place.
Here are some high and low points from an exciting, Jersey-loaded day of song during a Jersey Shore.
BREAKING DOWN THE BANDS
– For all a bells and whistles piano-pop brave Andrew McMahon worked into his hour-long set, one would’ve suspicion this was his headlining show.
He rode atop a throng on a hulk Rubber Ducky. He sent 50 beach balls into a crowd. He trudged low into a assembly to dance and sing. He finished with a party of those automobile dealership dumb inflatable arm men, and it was all churned with an gaseous theatre participation that, like Bleachers, left a throng in a improved place than when he arrived, always exuding a summary of graciousness and counting your blessings (and no one else’s).
Emo kids will remember McMahon, 35, from his time in early ’00s favorites Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin. These days he rolls with a four-piece called Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness. The new manuscript “Zombies on Broadway” is one of a brighter pop-rock spots of 2017 — check it out.
– Pumpkin piquancy rants aside (turns out he loves a stuff), Jersey singer-songwriter Brian Fallon was a focused, manly folk-rock force as a object set behind a Summer Stage. The Gaslight Anthem frontman has found good success as a solo act — he substantially could have headlined a fest himself and drawn a same distance throng — and yet he usually played alongside a three-piece rope this night (last time we saw him it was 6 members all told) his dirty jams from 2016’s “Painkillers” didn’t need any some-more frills.
Plus a cover of Elvis Costello’s “(What’s so humorous ’bout) Peace, Love and Understanding” was cool. But we know what would’ve done his set that most better: some Gaslight songs! Bring behind a band, Brian!
– A outrageous cube of a throng came for Khalid, a new RB thespian from Texas whose alt-pop station has risen severely given he was requisitioned for this festival. Frankly, with all a hype surrounding a 19-year-old star, I’m not certain he would have taken this internal Jersey gig if asked today.
The immature throng precious his set (and hundreds left immediately after) yet musically vocalization it was a disaster. It’s no good when we are famous as a solo artist and a usually strength in your opening is your unknown band, who played valiantly around a outspoken display that exhibited probably no range, many off-key moments and over-reliance on his subsidy track. This was his possibility to uncover he could stone his well-spoken sound live – now we doubt myself for fondness his entrance LP during all.
– Titus Andronicus, a energetic punk-rock rope from Glen Rock, were simply a heaviest organisation of a day – other than a Jersey tie they were a small incompatible with a rest of a lineup — yet bushy-bearded frontman Patrick Stickles and his guys were pointy and engaged. I’ve pronounced it before and I’ll contend it again: given Titus pennyless in around a decade ago, there’s been no improved New Jersey punk band. The withering lane “Dimed Out” was killer.
– Brick and Mortar, Asbury Park’s proprietor electro-reggae bauble twin was certain to make a afternoon set additional weird, pleasantness of dumb hype male Richie. With a Flaming Lips-ian volume of props and costumes, he dressed as a monster and after a medication tablet bottle for a band’s new lane “One Little Pill.” Frontman Brandon Asraf, who kept a throng intent and jumping, assimilated in a dress-up, as Death himself and afterwards some arrange of Pope of medication pills.
– The Jersey-ness kicked off early in a afternoon with Nicole Atkins, the Shark River Hills internal who rose to celebrity 10 years ago with her Columbia Records entrance “Neptune City.” Now she’s furloughed on a code new record, a comfortable retro-tinged tour called “Goodnight Rhonda Lee” and still groan divided – consider Jenny Lewis meets Janis Joplin during a Jersey Shore. Atkins, 38, won over most of a immature crowd.