RIVER CITY EXTENSION The lyrically ambitious, stylistically adventurous Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Your Anger confronts thorny issues of personal and spiritual struggle in a manner that's both intimate and illuminating; songwriter and frontman Joe Michelini describes it as an album about resolution and forgiveness. "For the most part, these songs represent a dark period in my life when I really didn't like myself," he explains. "I was still young and still learning, and a lot of people were probably hurt by the person I was at the time. Half of this record is love songs, and half is 'I'm sorry that I fucked up' songs -- I look at them as a stepping stone, a way to put some distance between myself and that part of my life, and to remind myself that I've chosen to do better." Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Your Anger's title paraphrases a Bible quote, Ephesians 4:26, which Michelini's mother would often cite when he was growing up. "I didn't actually know that it was from the Bible until after I picked it as the album title," he says. "I just knew it as this thing that my mom would always say, like, let the problems of the day be the problems of the day, move on, forgive people, forgive yourself, let it go." An abiding faith in the music and an unflinching sense of honesty have been constants for River City Extension since the band's humble beginnings in Toms River. Michelini had already established a local reputation as a solo singer/songwriter when he first assembled a small acoustic combo under the River City Extension banner in late 2007. Soon, his musical vision had attracted an assortment of like-minded souls, and the act had expanded into its eight-person form.
ACCIDENTAL SEABIRDS Accidental Seabirds started out as the solo project of multi-instrumentalist, poet, painter, illusionist Jesse Lee Herdman. He recorded his LP "The Snow and the Full Moon" with the help of engineer friend Duke DeLuca in the railroad apartment they shared in Brooklyn, NY. Jesse Lee has since moved back to his native New Jersey and has assembled a band of talented multi-instrumentalists. Their voices harmonize well together, allowing them to reproduce the vocal textures Jesse Lee created in the recordings. Accidental Seabirds have taken their live performance to a new level and are steadily expanding their fanbase throughout the Tri-State Area.
Friday - August 17, 2012
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