Transcend the Core
Punk and Thrash Bash had its 2nd party April 13th at the Blue Room, Secaucus, New Jersey. The soiree harnesses some of the fastest and thrashiest bands from the New York and New Jersey area. That night Transcend the Core, Straphangers, Ashes of Amber, Egokill and Sector Zero were on call.
Some talk of the Blue Room… The venue is a year old live performance space in Secaucus, New Jersey. Tim McMurtie of the Murder League All-stars puts together metal, punk, hip hop… performances at the space. With it’s already good and evolving sound system and engineers, they also have an adequate audience area for circle pits and swaying with your lady on hip hop nights. I have to also mention the full bar with ridiculously low-priced drinks.
This was Transcend the Core’s second time at the Room. The system and sonic feel of the space is becoming like home The only that really changes are the faces. Anywhere, anything you do like, play music, surf, skate… after a while you get to know your environment and the locals. Little things you learn like the engineer and bartender’s names…the Taco Bell for eats and the gas station down the highway. This all makes for a more comfortable show and performance of your music. TTC blew through ‘Deft March’ ‘Denial’ ‘Conscious’ ‘Silhouette’s Speak’…to ours and the crowds hearts content. The scene dug it and we even sold a couple of cds.
I’m a spectator and student as much as a musician at shows and I’m always open to be blown to parts by some cool act. Since 2001 Straphangers have been commuting the scene and causing moshpits in the NYC area. I saw them a couple of years ago they are still blowing my mind. Lead singer Emily stays in true character behind main vox, swooning and pointing with the swag of someone who’s been on this rodeo before but with all the love, respect and rowdiness all while in control. The rhythm crew are firm and set a rock solid vacuum for the hardcore/punk riffigary of Taras. ‘New Black Plague’ is a track to die for.
Young thrashers Egokill are on a path of success and destruction. Tearing up the stage and pit area of the Blue Room with their frenzied war drums, acute bass lines, wizardry guitar work and well beyond schizo scream/melodic vox. Lead singer Brian gets into his fans faces and coaxed his moshers and lady moshers into maelstroms on his call. All of Egokill’s tracks are downloadable on Reverbnation.
Special shoutouts to Julio of/and the Ashes of Amber band. Transcend the Core had a stoking time hanging with you guys. Was a pleasure meeting Emily of the Straphangers too. Next time I will definitely grab a t-shirt Btw the cd rips.
Live venues are like a playground for performance folks. Tim is creating an impartial and fascinating scene at the Blue Room. The artists, bands, themed and benefit events are professionally built and auspicious by nature. I would love a copy of Tim’s contact rolodex. So that being put here’s to rolodex’, professional bills and the Blue Room.
live on always… (((transcend the core)))