By Matt Keenan
In Asbury Park this past Wednesday, August 17th, Snail Mail brought her tour with Hotline TNT and new college radio favorites, Momma to The Stone Pony for a sold out show, my personal first show on the inside of the Stone Pony in a while, and only my second time taking pictures of one. The three bands brought an unbelievably confident, unforgettable energy to their performances and proved to be one of the most exciting shows I’ve been to in a while. I am so happy I got to go to this show, my second outing taking concert photos was incredible and I have these bands to thank for that. The show was fun from start to finish, without a single second of boredom in any of the sets.
Hotline TNT was an amazing high octane, ripping, absolutely amazing opener. I’d never heard them prior to the show but they made their mark and I got to listen to their latest release the When You Find Out EP, which was so cool. They remind me a lot of Joyce Manor in certain ways, but with more of an indie feel which made them to be a unique addition to the lineup on this tour in the best way possible. The three bands together made for an interesting team up that was one of the better tour lineups I’ve seen in recent years.
What is there to be said about Momma, college radio’s new favorite band. I can’t possibly explain how happy I am to have been exposed to Momma’s new album. Their latest full length album Household Name is one of the albums you need to tell all your friends about, and one I could not recommend any stronger for you to drop everything you are doing and listen to right away. Recently charting #1 on the NACC Charts, their success is beyond well deserved. I’m so happy I got to see them play singles like “Rip Off”, “Speeding 72”, and “Motorbike” literally while my face was next to the speakers. Everyone reading this needs to check out Momma right away.
Last but not least, Snail Mail. My goodness I love Snail Mail. I’ve listened to 2018’s Lush more times than I can count, and enough in one car ride for my friends to have a problem with it. The new album, Valentine, is a new direction for the band but not necessarily a bad one. I love getting to see Lindsey Jordan explore new sounds and a different style of performances vocally and working with more soft spoken acoustic, indie cuts like “Light Blue” and “c. et. al” but in the same realm include the ever so popular “Valentine”, and one of my favorite tracks off the album, “Madonna.”
All things considered it’s been a fun bunch of shows for WRSU recently, from the giveaways we’ve run recently for Dehd, Soccer Mommy, Surf Curse, Post Animal, and Greer to our coverage of Beach Bunny at Brooklyn Steel to Snail Mail at The Stone Pony if anything, we’re enjoying ourselves and hope you’re enjoying our coverage. Stay tuned for more from WRSU and be sure to tune in on Tunein by searching WRSU New Brunswick, or right here on this site on the homepage in the top right corner which you can find here.
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