I headed out last night to catch two of my favorite local bands The Nolan Gate and No Pasaran at the legendary Maxwell's in Hoboken New Jersey. Also sharing the bill were two more local acts Cicada Radio and Cold Fur.
Up first was Cicada Radio from Jersey City NJ who delivered an excellent set of 90's inspired rock that brought bands like Boilermaker, Small Brown Bike and Knapsack to mind for me, which is a good thing. The crowd was definitely digging these guys, and overall they delivered a very strong set of music. Check out their band camp page (link is below) where you can download their most recent ep .
Up next was Cold Fur who also hail from Jersey City and are comprised of Dave ( drums ) and Ralph ( vocals) from The Rye Coalition and 2 ex members of Jersey City's The Want. You could definitely hear the Rye Coalition influence in the Cold Fur songs, however the songs definitely stood up on their own, and the musicianship was top notch. I would bet Cold Fur is going to be moving up the underground ladder pretty quickly in the coming months so keep your eyes and ears out for them.
The third band on the bill was the mighty Nolan Gate who have been banging it out on the Jersey club scene in one form or another for the past 15 years and to my ears they just keep getting better and better with age. The Gate delivered a pulverizing set of heavy precise and pounding songs including some new songs that they recently recorded for their upcoming as of yet untitled 4th album, and man the new songs are smoking. If you ever get a chance to see The Nolan Gate live I highly suggest you do not pass them up.
Finally, No Pasaran finished off the night, and rightfully so as they were celebrating the release of their brand spanking new 7 " Porter In The Making" on Killing Horse Records. No Pasaran definitely delivered a high energy frantic set of 80's post punk inspired madness. If you like bands like Gang of Four or Wire then you should definitely catch No Pasaran live and grab a copy of their 7", you will not be disappointed...Dave G.
The Nolan Gate:
Band Camp ... FaceBook
No Pasaran :
FaceBook ... Killing Horse Records
Cold Fur :
FaceBook ... Band Camp