THE MERCURY BROTHERS, HUMAN ZOO, & EMERSON WOOLF

KILL IT AT MONSTER MASH

Words & Photos by Diane DiMemmo

November 1, 2022

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What’s not to love about Asbury Park? Just when you think there couldn’t possibly be any other venues for musicians to perform, you find a place like La’ Vision Studios. Tucked on the side of 1221 Asbury Ave with a guitar hovering over the doorway, I found myself checking it out last Saturday to see the “Monster Mash” show which featured The Mercury Brothers, Human Zoo, and Emerson Woolf.


Just two days before Halloween, all attendees were dressed in costume which added to the show’s enjoyment; thanks to whoever gave me beads since I came dressed only as a photographer. 😉 And as with any grassroots Asbury show, there were local musicians and creatives contributing their talents. Kudos to Spaghetti Jesus for exemplary stage lighting and Backhouse’s Taylor and Walton for nailing it on sound!

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On to the music. Ladyparts’ vocalist Emerson Woolf started the evening with a combination of originals and covers that blew us all away. Her vocals were sweet and sultry at the same time which made her performance both powerful and tender ... a hard effect to pull off! Make sure to check out ladyparts’ hot new single ”Daddy Issues.”

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Next up was the dynamic, electrifying band Human Zoo. I was riveted by their performance and I’m still unable to characterize their music by any one genre, or combination thereof. Each and every song was completely different thanks to the incredible musicality of every musician and the layers of instrumentation which included guitars, bass, keys, percussion, and sax. I love a band that’s like a party. Fun, unexpected, entertaining, and you don’t want it to end. If you love a real alternative sound, you should listen to Human Zoo’s new album Wealth & Hellness and make a point of seeing them perform live one day soon.

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Rounding out the evening with a stellar performance was one of my favorite local bands, The Mercury Brothers. I have never been to a show of theirs where I wasn’t blown away. Their bluesy, folksy rock and roll tunes reach deep inside the listener and demand that you feel the music at a more profound level. The talents of Dan Apy (lead vocals, guitar), Ryan Lascelles (bass), Luke McKenna (drums), and Michael Mazza (guitar) perfectly complement each other’s styles. And they always have a blast during their shows which makes the audience want to sing and dance with them even more. Unfortunately, only three-quarters of the band was there that night due to illness, but Human Zoo’s percussionist filled in flawlessly. I heard hints of new music coming soon from The Mercury Brothers so let’s keep our fingers crossed on that one! In the meantime, keep streaming In Retrograde, The Mercury Brothers, Vol. 2, and their latest single “The Rose.”

THE MERCURY BROTHERS

HUMAN ZOO

EMERSON WOOLF

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Diane DiMemmo is the founder and editor of Asbury Park Vibes. In addition to hosting the APV Podcast and overseeing the AP Vibes Music Mag ... she specializes in live music/portrait photography, copywriting, and artist development & management services.

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