RELEASES NEW ALBUM
AT ASBURY LANES
By Diane DiMemmo
March 30, 2019
Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, New Jersey was the place to be on March 30th if you wanted to hear fresh, new rock music from younger bands with a lot of promise! That evening was the exact reason I love my job so much … hearing current bands at the beginning of their careers pumping out new sounds with grit, energy and unbridled enthusiasm. Let me take you inside the venue (in words and photos) to describe what a truly spectacular night it was!
"On the rise"
The evening began with the Asbury Park band Dress Code, which is comprised of Lauren Gill (vocals), Ryan Graci (guitar), Daniel Pagano (guitar), Jake Marrotta (percussion), and Anthony Petraccoro (Bass).
The alternative rockers took the stage with confidence as Lauren instructed us to, “Put your damn hands in the air. This is rock and roll; and welcome to the show!” The crowd obliged and immediately got into it as the band began their set with an impressively strong and technically challenging drum solo by Jake. Lauren embraced her role as vocalist and dazzled the audience with her wide vocal range and silky tone. I loved the loud, heavy guitar chords and bass lines that gave the band a genuine alternative rock feel. The guitar solos were one of the highlights of the group’s sound, reminiscent of the classic guitar styles in rock music’s heyday.
Dress Code built their foundation in the Junior Pros program at the Lakehouse Music Academy. LHMA is a progressive music school right here is Asbury Park which holds group rehearsals, gives individual lessons, and provides live performance experiences for its bands at well-known music venues. The training has prepared this band well, as they played in a very seasoned manner for such young musicians.
Dress Code’s setlist was made up of original songs and covers, impressing the audience with their rendition of Stone Temple Pilot’s “Plush.” Their original songs were born of many personal experiences and it was apparent that the lyrics resonated with the young crowd.
Make plans to catch Dress Code at their future shows and I promise that you’ll be very glad that you did!
Problem/Dropout/Far from Home/Plush (Stone Temple Pilots cover)/I Don’t Care/Safe and Sound/ Ballad/Leaving
Follow Dress Code on Instagram @dress_code_band and check out videos of their live performances here.
Next up were The Flukes and I could tell we were going to have a blast before they even played one chord. (I mean how can you NOT have a great time with a band that writes songs like “Roast Beef and Gravy”?) Dressed in kilts and body paint from the waist up, this funky punk rock group exploded onto stage with jumping, dancing and unconventional guitar and bass rhythms that ramped up the crowd’s energy several notches.
Members of the Manasquan, NJ quartet include Kyle Missry (lead vocals), and brothers Anthony Trilli (lead guitar, vocals), Joe Trilli (percussion), and Mike Trilli (bass). Frontman Kyle jumped all over the stage while singing with a deep, rich voice that filled the venue and drilled through the complex artistry backing him up. Kyle seemed relaxed and in control in front of the exuberant audience and is a musician that really comes alive on stage. He has a very firm grasp on vocal syncopation and punched the band’s lyrics with power, precision, and a ton of energy.
There are very few bands out today that have a sound similar to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but I have to say that The Flukes are definitely one of them. And much of the reason for that comparison comes from the brothers Trilli ... a force to be reckoned with. The chemistry between Anthony, Joe and Mike was visceral and effortless; something that can only come from growing up together as musicians. Hard core drumming techniques laid the foundation for jazzy layered guitar solos and hip-hop bass lines that absolutely require you to move to the beat.
Mike Trilli – the youngest of the group – is a musician to keep on your radar. He was masterful on bass, playing fast running lines and artful counterpoint rhythms. He also impressively used the bass slap technique showing us that his musicianship is far beyond his years. Click here to see a video of Mike’s chops submitted for the Flea Bass Riff Contest sponsored by Fender Guitars and bassist Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
As the guys worked through their setlist, their playing became stronger and stronger. Cool guitar-bass interludes linked parts of their set and their final song “From the Depths” was exceptional. The Flukes are just a really fun band! Make sure to put them on your “must-see” list this year!!
What a Ride/Roast Beef and Gravy/Sedated (Ramones cover)/Euphoria/Tiny Dancer (Elton John Cover)/Edge of Town/I Get Around (Beach Boys cover)/One Day/Found/From the Depths