Here are 10 songs out of Long Island over the last couple years you need to listen to (in no particular order):
1. The Montauk Project: Wingman Anthem
The Montauk Project is a classic hard rock band that has emerged as one of LI’s best with the release of their debut album Belly of the Beast earlier this year. Members Mark Schiavoni (Vox/Guitar), Jasper Conroy (Drums/Vox), Chris Wood (Bass) and Jack Marshall (Lead Guitar/Vox) along with producer Matthew King recorded the album at their home studio after 3 years of gigging between Montauk and Manhattan. The album is complete from start to finish packed with grungy guitar licks, heavy drums and a whole bunch of swag. I could have picked any song on this album to hightlight really (notably “Water Glisten”, a super chill psychedelic track and “Lady In White” with heavy dueling guitar riffs). But I chose “Wingman Anthem” because it’s featured on James Katsipis’ short video “East” and I fell in love with the song and the video.
2. Electrik Tongues: Through and Through
The Electrik Tongues are a brand new rock and roll outfit out of Elmont formed in the back end of 2013. Band members Mike Mulieri (Vox/Guitar), Will Harris (Bass), Dan Fohrs (Guitar/Vox) and Matt Olley (Drums) hit the ground running, releasing 5 original tracks since their formation, 4 of which you can hear on Reverbnation. Their first two releases “Shake Your Head Out” and “Fight” introduced the scene to their raw punk sound reminiscent of The Clash, paired with an energized live show – but it’s their new release “Through and Through” that seals the deal for me – these guys know how to write infectious, emotionally charged songs that you need to listen to over and over.
3. TK the Architect: Thelonius Monk
TK is a young Japanese/Italian rapper coming up from of Oceanside. He recently released his full length debut mixtape Life in Stereo over a collection of some seriously creative beats produced by Snottaynose. The mixtape is packed with TK’s layed back, but cogent flow – stand out tracks include “Passing on the Torch” and “Round Here” but the tape’s opening track Thelonius Monk is a standout. Check out the video here.
4. Ant Matos: Wicked Rubbish
Loose Camp’s Ant Matos comes out of Wantagh and dropped his debut full length mix tape “Keep Campin’” in late 2013. He’s been promoting it hard with shows across Long Island and Manhattan along with some serious music videos including his newest video for “Love Goes” produced by Abstrakt Pictures. The mixtape was produced by Petey Force – stand out tracks include the tape’s opening song “No Filter”, “Hold My Nuts” and “Wicked Rubbish”, which is a 3+ minute track with no chorus, just Ant speaking his mind through the most ferocious flow on the album.
5. Taking Back Sunday: Flicker, Fade
These guys need no introduction. Since forming in Amityville in 1999, they have gone on to sell millions of albums as they continue to evolve their sound. Earlier this year the lineup of Adam Lazzara (Vox), Eddie Reyes (Guitar), John Nolan (Guitar/Vox), Mark O’Connell (Drums) and Shaun Cooper (Bass) released their sixth studio album Happiness Is. The album delivers what we’ve come to expect from this group – it’s an excellent effort with standout tracks including “All the Way”, “They Don’t Have Any Friends” and the album’s opening song “Flicker, Fade”.
6. Rye Palmer: Forever Ever
Rye is a promising up and comer out of Baldwin, with just a handful of songs up on Soundcloud and a few live performances under his belt, he’s already gaining some attention. He’ll be releasing a new song with us at Stay Loose Records in the coming months along with a music video, so stay tuned for that. For now you should give “Coping” a listen, a tribute to Rye’s father who recently passed away from cancer. On his most recent effort “Forever Ever” you’ll hear a young rapper really starting to come into his own – keep an eye on this one.
7. Whiskey Hotel: Krazy That Was Kahn
The guys from Whiskey Hotel dropped their debut EP Above the Fold at the beginning of the year. The effort has just the right balance of Hard-Rock and Hardcore: John Von Braunsberg (Guitar/Vox) deals out some tight, heavy-driven riffs behind frontman Shawn O’Connor’s (Vox) blazing vocals and the duo’s stage presence and chemistry is excellent. Out of Lindenhurst, he rest of the line-up includes Michael Vaillancourt (Guitar), Thomas Martins (Bass) and George Feis (Drums) – this is an act you should definitely catch live. The EP is nice, but the stand out song for sure is “Krazy That Was Kahn”.
8. Oogee Wawa: We Don’t Care
Oogee Wawa has been a fixture on the Long Island music scene for years – playing 200+ shows a year across the Island and nationally. Members Jesse Lee (MC), JP Aceto (Guitar/Vox), Chad Chadwick (Bass) and Nick Liodice (Drums/Vox) recorded their debut album Ride Waves at their studio in Ronkonkoma in 2012. One of the most infectious songs on the album is “We Don’t Care”, a pure party anthem any crowd they play in front of can’t resist singing along to.
9. Jake Furia: Access to Ecstasy
Jake Furia is a 21-year-old singer/songwriter from Selden. He released his debut The Acoustic EP in 2013 and is currently working on his first full length studio album with backing band “The Be Yourselves”, Russell Miller (Drums), Tameem Shaker (Lead Guitar) and Derek Macmahon (Bass). Jake recorded his latest single “Access to Ecstasy” with Stay Loose Records for which we also shot and released a music video.
10. Nonstop to Cairo: Rooted
Nonstop to Cairo originally started as a hard rock trio with Nick Diamond (Vox, Guitar), Matt Ezzo (Bass) and Dave Bartlett (Drums) and has since grown into a six-piece Ska/Funk/Hip-Hop outfit with the additions of August Harris (Vox), Haja Rama (Trumpet) and Andrew Hagerty (Trombone). The guys from Baldwin released their self titled EP in 2012 and have opened up for the likes of The Wailers, The Dirty Heads and Matisyahu. Their EP is full of energetic compositions – standouts include the albums opening track “We Be” and “Rooted” which they released a video for in October of 2013.
Thanks for reading, #stayloose