Thanks to the inexplicable popularity of my Submit Music page, I always have a digital backlog of albums, EPs, singles and videos awaiting my perusal. Here’s another recent must-hear from a New Jersey crew who cover the musical waterfront, pinballing between new wave, Celtic punk, girl-group pop, gypsy rock and plenty more. And if you’ve got something I need to hear, send it my way. If I think you’re half as good as you think you are, I just might include you next time.
Katye Kellye & The Interruption
THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Katye Kellye (Kat-cha Kel-lee) is very, very tired of Autocorrect trying to change her name. Her band, The Interruption, were until recently composed solely of amazing studio professionals who have worked with bands you’ve actually heard of. Kellye has assembled a band with musicians who need to be heard from — including Richard Stern on guitar, mandolin and harmonica and Paul Friend on guitar.
Kellye has been a singer and songwriter for a relatively short time (in geologic terms) or a very large number of dog years. She writes incisive, pointed, bad-assed songs of experience that are probably not about you. (Although if you think they are, maybe you need to think about why that might be.) Also love songs tinged with levity that you wish were about you. Her sound blends her downtown punk roots with hints of classic arena rock, Wall of Sound girl groups and opera.
Her band’s first album Late Bloomer was released in January 2020. “We didn’t even get to have an album release party for Late Bloomer and couldn’t get into our practice space for several months. I couldn’t stand just waiting around for venues to reopen safely, and so worked on songs over Zoom with arranger Evan Rudenjak to prepare for the second album,” Kellye says. “We felt really comfortable with the protocols in place at the recording studio, so we were able to safely record 10 tracks at Lakehouse Studios in Asbury Park in December 2020.”
The result is Sophomore Slump, is a genre-spanning offering of 10 original tracks that are in keeping with one reviewer’s description of the band as “60 years of rock ’n’ roll tied up in a neat little package.”