Stuyvesant to Celebrate Release of 'Shmyvesant' on 12/20 at the Cake Shop
Having developed a loyal following for their infectious, energetic power pop/indie guitar rock sound for almost a decade, Hoboken's Stuyvesant (Sean Adams - guitar, vocals; Ralph Malanga- guitar, vocals; Brian Musikoff -bass; and Pete Martinez - drums) released their long-awaited new album, "Shmyvesant", last week. "SPIN.com"'s Matthew Levine proclaimed, "Stuyvesant proves on its third LP, 'Shmyvesant', that even with the suburban mall-ification of the Vans Warped Tour, down-to-earth, old-school pop-punk is still spry and kicking." The band's first for Sugarblast Music Company, founded by Al Crisafulli of Dromedary Records, "Shmyvesant", is the band's first full length album since 2011's acclaimed "Fret Sounds" and to celebrate, Stuyvesant will be hosting a CD release show on 12/20 at the Cake Shop (152 Ludlow St) at 8PM.
On the heels of the 11/25 release of their new offering, Stuyvesant is releasing one of their catchiest songs ever, "Oatmeal Song"
The video for "Oatmeal Song", directed by the band's bassist Musikoff, celebrates the legendary music venue Maxwells, where they played many times over the years, and was shot in June 2013. Here's a link to check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyH38zkKrJc&feature=youtu.be
Recorded by Tom Beaujour at Nuthouse Recording, the album features horns from Scott Zillitto of The Everymen, and Greg Vegas of Monsterland, in addition to keyboards from Overlake's Lysa Opfer.
Having a deep pedigree in NYC/NJ indie rock and creds that read like a who's who of college rock, (Malanga, Adams and Musikoff were staples on the '90s Hoboken scene), the members of Stuyvesant left their former groups at the advent of the 2000s and created a band to continue the pursuit of perfect power riffage and rousing choruses. Musikoff, who is a noted cartoonist, having designed animation for greats such as Scharpling & Wurster, Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, and Andy Shernoff, first played with Sean in Friends, Romans, Countrymen. With strong NJ ties, drummer Martinez is the sole proprietor of the first and only drum shop in Hoboken, The Drum Den.
The band, who lifted their name from the liquor store where Adams worked growing up in the Journal Square section of Jersey City, released their first EP, "Quit More Often" in 2005, followed by 2008's "Linden Calling", the 2010 EP "Jihad Me At Hello" and 2011's "Fret Sounds".
In the words of "Jersey Beat"'s Jim Testa, "With a sound cobbled together from equal parts Superchunk, Lemonheads, Soul Asylum, and Dinosaur Jr., singer/vocalist Sean Adams and Ralph Malanga combine overdriven guitar leads and unabashedly heroic vocals into a sound that's as familiar as it is timeless.... they're still making music as forcefully energized and dynamic as they were a decade ago."