Lyon's Record Release Party with The Cold Seas and Holiday!

When favorite local bands get together to play a show overlooking the beach on a Friday night in Asbury Park, you don't want to miss it, especially when it's a record release party, and there's albums for sale, live screen printing on t-shirts, and more music-centered, creative-minded happenings to fill the night! 

This Friday, June 16th is the last of this year's Asbury Park Night Bazaars in Convention Hall! Not only can you shop from handcrafted, artisan vendors and pick up something special for dad, the live music line up at The Anchor's Bend is going to be amazing too. Lyons will be celebrating their record release and playing with fellow AP bands & friends The Cold Seas and Holiday. Lyon's new record will be available for you to purchase, bring home and listen to over and over again, and their beautiful album art will be live printed onto T-shirts by Tribes Print and Stitch.  

We caught up with each band to hear a bit about their members, why they shop local, and their love for the music scene here in Asbury Park. Listen to their latest music here before seeing them live on Friday night!

Lyons

Lyons features Amy Malkoff on guitar & lead vocals, Sharon Stein on lead guitar & vocals, Lisa English on bass & vocals, Jenny Vickers Chyb on drums, and Charleen Artese Cucci on keyboard. 

When and why did you start your band?
"Jenny, Sharon and Lisa started writing and playing together early 2015. They convinced Charleen to learn how to play the keyboard around May 2015, and we played out first show out with Abby Hayden as our singer September 2015. Amy joined Lyons May 2016 and we've been going strong every since!"

What is your favorite part about playing music in Asbury Park?
"Asbury Park has so many amazing venues to play! One day you might be playing on the same stage that Bruce Springsteen, The Lemonheads or Coolio has played on in a dark bar with no windows- and the next month you might be playing on the beach. Not to mention all of the local supporters from photographers, writers, and other musicians. It feels like home!"

How would you describe the music scene here?
"There is never a day that you can't see live music in Asbury Park.  And all of the bands are so supportive of one another.  It's the best." 

If you've ever shopped at the Bazaar, let us know why shopping local, independent, and handmade is important to you.
"Shopping local keeps your money in your community. You can see the impact when that company grows and you create a relationship with the local artist and small business owners.  It gives you a sense of pride knowing that the money you worked hard for, went to a person who is pursuing their passions."

The Cold Seas

The Cold Seas is made up of Chad Sabo on vocals, guitar, & keys, Erik Rudic on guitar, keys, & vocals, Matt Castoral on bass, keys, & vocals and Nash Breen on drums. Nash was formerly the drummer of Armor For Sleep (Equalvision/Sire Records). Erik and Matt performed with Amy Malkoff in Amy Malkoff and the Moonshines. Erik also occasionally tours with Gedeon Luke and the People.

When and why did you start your band?
"The band came together after Chad Sabo sent some of his acoustic home demos to friend and former band mate, Nash Breen. Soon after, Nash reached out to friends and former band mates, Erik Rudic and Matt Castoral to solidify the roster. The band officially began when Nash, Matt and Chad moved together to Asbury Park in September of 2014. Just prior to moving to Asbury Park, Chad inked a publishing deal with Roc Nation and the band signed onto management the following year."

What is your favorite part about playing music in Asbury Park?
"Asbury Park is a town that offers a passionate, art-driven community for bands and artists to become a part of and grow in. It's been great being able to utilize all the cool venues and perform in front of some awesome crowds here over the past few years."

How would you describe the music scene here?
"The music scene here is extremely supportive. You see a lot of the same faces as well as new faces at shows, whether it's Monday night or Friday night. People here genuinely love live music and local acts and it's awesome to be surrounded with that kind of support."

Why is shopping local, independent and handmade important to you?
"
We're not big shoppers, being the broke musicians that we are, but we've definitely bought a few items from recent Bazaars. There are some excellent quality goods available and the people who sell them, some of which are friends of ours, are hard-working, amazing people."

Holiday

Holiday features Brian Manser on guitar and vocals, Cory Ehrhardt on drums, Brian MacNamara on bass and Matthew Manhire on guitar and as general noise maker. You can also find Brian in Asbury Park based band Gods, Cory in Spinal Ramones, Staring Problem and Born Annoying, and Brian played in Philadelphia based band Lavis Blake. Matthew also plays in NYC-based band City and the Horses. His past bands include Lavis Blake and Philly based Pine Barrens. He is also an amp and pedal builder, repairman and genius witch doctor, who owns Rootbeer Audio.

When and why did you start your band?
"I started working on random songs and they have been sitting on reel to reel tapes in my basement.  Over the past year my friends and I have been playing them for fun and it kinda started taking its own shape. So whenever we get a chance and people ask us to play we are so thankful and happy to share our music.  We have a bunch of songs that will be coming out over the next year or so.  Our current album/demo called AGEWISE that is out on spotify, itunes, bandcamp etc . The Demos are the top 11 out of 30 songs that are passable recordings I did on my 8 track. Overall it's extremely lo fi.  We are going back and reworking the other songs but I'm also writing new stuff as we go.  We seem to change our sound every time we play and I love that about the band. The whole project is a great excuse for me to get together with my best buds and play music."

What is your favorite part of playing in Asbury Park?
"Asbury Park is an amazing place to play music especially right now. Its amazing how venues are putting up bands that are playing original music of any kind, the bands are treated well, the shows are free, they get great turn outs and the overall vibe is amazing because people are open to whatever is put in front of them around here. Its really something special."

How would you describe the music scene here?
"The music scene in Asbury Park is all over the place and that's what is great about it."

Why is shopping local, independent and handmade is important to you?
 "I always make it down to the Bazaar.  I can always find something unique and I love supporting my friends as well as all the other local talented vendors!"