New Jersey band SOMERDALE released it's third album, Shake it Maggie. Lauded by the Power Pop press as one of the best albums of the year, the record found it's way to JEM Records president Marty Scott, who immediately sought out and signed the band sending them back into the studio to record new tracks to be included in the label's re-issue of the album. Now featuring 15 SOMERDALE originals, Maggie Says It Again is insanely catchy, meticulously crafted, and hook-filled.
Based in the heart of Southern New Jersey, SOMERDALE comprises:
Chuck Penza [vocals, bass guitar and keyboards]
JJ Fennimore [vocals and drums and James Caputo, vocals and guitars]
The band has had great success with their first five singles, all reaching the Top 10 on the Classic Rock Mediabase radio chart.
An unprecedented 5 "Coolest Songs in the World" on Little Steven's Underground Garage!
The Bayonets guitarist and lead vocalist, Brian Ray, is known worldwide for his musical contributions to the Paul McCartney Band, who continue on a massive arena and stadium tour this summer. "I've been a very lucky man to work alongside Paul McCartney for 15 years now. Paul's generosity of spirit gives me the space, time and wherewithal to indulge my wildest sonic dream life in my spare time, Brian reflected, "For me, Rock and Roll needs to stay dangerous and fun. I wanted that sense of adventure and comradery, and I found it with my good friend and songwriting partner, Oliver Leiber.”
Drummer Oliver Leiber is well known for playing guitar and recording songs for some of the biggest artists in the business, including Rod Stewart, among many others. Speaking of the band, Oliver said, "Most of all, we just wanted to have fun and rock out! Oh yeah, Oliver's father was songwriting legend Jerry Leiber. Lucrecia López Sanz (of Argentina's Nube 9) contributes guitar and lead and harmony vocals.
Special appearance by Steven Tyler - (Harmony vocals and harmonica on “Vagabond Soul”) Produced by – Brian Ray and Oliver Leiber
From Highland Park, NJ. Power Pop/Garage Rock band Brenyama joins the newly invigorated Jem Records for their exciting full length debut “Euphoria Love”.
“Euphoria Love” (Jem Records) includes 12 tracks aiming to capture the fun and simplicity of early rock & roll with with the buzzing raw energy of power pop. Swinging songs taken from Brenyama’s dynamic songwriting team, Maki & Richard Brenner’s, heavy influence of ‘60's, ‘70's rock records (The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, David Bowie, The Ramones) ‘80's synth rock, and the edge of 90's alternative.
Produced, recorded, and engineered at Highland Park’s legendary “House of Vibes Recording Studios” by Kurt Reil, (The Grip Weeds) who has worked with, and continues to do amazing work for such greats as “Mark Lindsay,” “The Smithereens,” and “The Anderson Council,” just to name a few. Many songs recorded at H.O.V. have gone on to become "Coolest Song in the World" on Steven Van Zandt’s “Little Steven's Underground Garage”.
Brenyama employs the talents of Maki Brenner, (Vocal, Keyboard, Synth) Richard Brenner, (Vocal, Guitar) with the powerhouse rhythmic backbone known as Brian Fahay (Drums) and Luigi Sardi (Bass).
Special guest appearances include Peter Horvath (The Anderson Counci) with psychedelic guitar on “Waiting for Godzilla”, and saxophone by Vincent Troyani (Highland Society) on “Get in the Groove”. Kurt Reil (The Grip Weeds) lends his talents of lead guitar, backing vocals, and percussion throughout the album. Join Brenyama on a journey to blur genre lines, keeping the spirit of rock alive with ultra fun songs designed to make you dance and sing along.
The second single from The Weeklings' Studio 2 Album!
Filmed at Abbey Road, Studio 2, London, UK, by Jon Barker Directed and Edited by Amanda Duncan
NICK PIUNTI SIGNS WITH JEM!
NEW ALBUM "TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS" OUT NOW!
Detroit based power pop/indie rock artist, Nick Piunti, “knocks out the hooks and melodies one after the other in the most classic of power pop styles.”
- Absolute Power Pop
The new album “Trust Your Instincts” expands upon Nick’s obsession with the three-minute pop song, successfully displayed in his last two solo releases, 2013’s “13 in My Head” and 2015’s follow up, “Beyond the Static”. Both of those albums found their way onto many year-end “best of” lists, and this year’s model is sure to do the same. Lyrically, Nick digs a little deeper with his most personal record to date, while still maintaining the energetic riffs and hooks that define his sound.
ASSORTEDCOLOURS" Now Available Everywhere
The Anderson Council creates a modern pop atmosphere infused with a strong dose of rock nostalgia, drawing upon its British Invasion idols to offer a rich, bright and buoyant sound.
Early recordings by The Who and Pink Floyd figure in heavily to the band’s music—think My Generation and Piper at the Gates of Dawn. In fact, the band name refers to the other halves of Pink Floyd—Pink (Anderson) and Floyd (Council). Pete Townshend-esque guitar riffs play into songs like “Strawberry Smell,” vocal harmonies throughout the band’s catalog suggest The Hollies, and occasional threads of Eastern strings (in songs like “Hole in the Sky”) conjure The Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood.”
But the band brings a fresh take on these decades-old influences. Compared by Magnet magazine to The White Stripes and The Hives, The Council not only appeals to fans of rockers like The Kinks, but bands like The Jam, XTC, Elvis Costello; The Attractions and Sloan too.
“This is a great career-spanning retrospective (with new songs) featuring re-mastered versions of some of the best Anderson Council tracks including personal favorites “Sitting on a Cloud” and “Pinkerton’s Assorted Colours.” I absolutely love the four new songs. “Girl on The Northern Line” is the tastiest slice of pop psych I’ve heard in quite some time.”
“New Jersey’s Anderson Council powers its way through this heavenly collection of new and previously released classics. Who-like, frenetic intensity, committed vocals, crackling guitars, and in-your- face songwriting abound. Peter Horvath and crew take no prisoners on one of this year’s most energetic releases.”
Combining the jangle of Power Pop, the scorch of Psych Rock, the reckless abandon of Garage Rock and the vocal harmonies of 60’s folk rock, The Anderson Council offer up a delicious blend of American and British pop. The Who if they were influenced by Canadian rockers Sloan, this is a band that transcends genres yet fits comfortably within the framework of Power Pop and Garage Rock. On the first spin, you’ll find yourself singing along with each song by the time it comes to an end. These are hooks that were made for earworms. Dig it!
“Wonderfully crafted mod pop jangle goodness that I’ve always had a soft spot for. Catchy sharp harmonies and hooks. Hearing this makes me want to take a ride to the coast on a pristine day. I can drink a cup of tea and relax to this, or crank it up at my midsummer keg party! Good stuff.”
Kurt Baker - Recording Artist
“The swirling infectious melodies from an American band with a distinct British flavor this collection reminds us why The Anderson Council’s Power Pop is some of the best ever recorded. The new songs fit right in making this a perfect ‘primer’ Bravo!”