Alternative

The Nectars, East Coast band redefines alternative music

Stepping out of the distinguishable daffodil colored NYC taxi, I quickly entered The Delancey located in New York City. Under the subdued red glow of the lights, I ducked into the micro-venue to speak with The Nectars. 

The Nectars are an up and coming alternative punk band from the New Jersey suburbs. The band consists of Jessica Kenny (vocalist), Jon Paul (bass/vocals), Mike Montalbano (drummer) and Michael Baron (guitar/vocals). Each member has been practicing music from a young age, resulting in an obvious passion for what they do and how they create it. 

With a niche sound that has incorporated alternative, punk, rock and funk The Nectars have a solid show with a thunderous stage presence. Drawing inspiration form Nirvana, Paramore, The Killers and The Strokes the audience didn't really know what to expect to emerge from Kenny's mouth. 

The Nectars did not disappoint, especially when Kenny sang 'I Want It', their newest single which evokes the bands quirky acid rock feel. Truly, defining a one sound for The Nectars cannot be done, due to the bands ability to combine every sound into one cohesive unit. 

Personally when Kenny belted out a King Krule cover, 'Easy, Easy' I knew The Nectars will evolve into a well-known band. Perhaps along the way influencing other bands along the way. If you have a chance to see The Nectars live in the New Jersey and New York City area-do not miss it. 

Another amazing moment is when the band performed one of their favorite songs live 'Tired', the presence and ability to show the passion while being professional and sing a song was delightful to experience. 

Before the show I had the chance to interview The Nectars, heres some of what was talked about during Volume 11's interview. 

Volume 11: Being from Jersey and getting into the NYC music scene how do you distinguish yourself and make The Nectars unique and known?

Michael-I don’t think we focus on staying away from what others are doing, it is more of doing what we want to do. I guess we kind of figure out the stuff we like. We stick to our Jersey roots for sure and that distinguishes us I guess.

Mike-We also play any shows we can get, kind of seperates us too. Some bands are picky about that, but we just want to play.

Volume 11: Where do you draw inspiration from in your songs?

Jessica-Each individual member has different influences, but when it comes to the band I always say Nirvana. Wolf Alice and Courtney Barnett are what influence me.

 

Volume 11: What is a goal for the band in the near and distant future?

Jessica-Definitely playing at festivals.

Michael-We have new songs coming out every month, we just released a new song called ‘I Want It’ and releasing our debut album towards the end of April. We are just trying to get all this stuff out, play as many shows as possible and get ourselves out there as far as possible.

Jessica-Definitely trying to get more people into The Nectar Fam.

Volume 11: As a female vocalist, what tips do you have for other female vocalist andhow to get into the industry as a whole?

Jessica-I have been doing it my whole life, people ask me how do you do what you do. It is the only thing that doesn’t give me anxiety is singing. If you have a passion just do it and don’t think about doing anything else, but doing it. Just nurture your craft and don’t care what others think. Just do it.

Volume 11: What challenges has the band faced and how have you overcame those challenges?

Jessica-There is always going to be some sort of rejection. Not everyone is going to like you, follow you or get what you are doing. I wouldn’t say it is a challenge, but I mean you just have to not give a fuck and keep doing whatever the fuck you want. Don’t expect everyone to love you all the time.

Michael-Other people in the industry try to define who you are and what yoru sound is as a band. You just kind of have to silent that shit and just do whatever feels right to us and spread our message the way we see it.

Volume 11: How does it feel to be recognized and have people know who you are?

Jessica-It feels fucking awesome. This (The Nectars) is everything to us. To feel llove and have people reciprocate the love is powerful and beautiful.

Michael- This is what we spend our energy on and spend our time on. It is the best thing.

For more information on The Nectars, follow them @TheNectarsMusic on Twitter and Instagram. Their music is also available to listen to on Spotify. 

Dude York-Half Time for The Holidays Review

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Dude York

Home for The Holidays

Thanksgiving has passed meaning that Christmas season is in full swing. If you are anything like me, Christmas music isn't my cup of tea per say. Personally it is probably due to hearing "Silent Night" and "Jingle Bell Rock" around 1,000 times while walking through the mall. 

For those who don't enjoy the typical cheery Christmas music, Seattle based punk pop band  Dude York  has revamped holiday music with their alternative album Half Time for the Holidays. This album strays far from traditional and brings a modern take on the holiday season as a whole. 

Half Time for the Holidays opens with an 'o so relatable' track titled "Break Up Holiday" which has subtle sounds of jingle bells (like most of the album) in the background. By incorporating the subtle sounds of jingle bells, the album feels more like a rock holiday and less like a cheery Christmas album. This track also tells the worst part about the holidays-running into an ex lover. Making this album more relatable to the generation z babies. 

At times this album brings to life some sweetness especially with tracks like "The Greatest Gift is You" or "Long Distance Christmas", but in the end the album is very original. Original meaning that only Dude York could create it and pull it off. 

What makes the album even more charismatic is through the utilization of the vocals between guitarist Peter Richards and bassist Clare England. Each sing equally throughout each track and the entirety of the album. 

Of course the album hits on new and improved versions of "Silent Night" and "Jingle Bell Rock", but what makes Dude York so catchy is their unique sound. Basically this band sounds like a mix of Weezer and the Ramones with their punchy guitar sounds. The melodies and vocals truly kick it up a notch also. 

Dude York simply has created the perfect chill rock holiday album. Half Time for The Holidays is on the other end of traditional and makes sure every holiday emotion is evoked through their sound. 

The album can be streamed on Bandcamp, but most importantly Dude York is touring at the moment. On November 28th they will be stopping in Norman, Oklahoma at The Opolis for a show.