The BrooklynVegan Show on Vans.com/Channel66 returns this Thursday (4/1) from 11 AM to 1 PM ET and this week’s visitor is Mikey Erg and his band, who will likely be performing a 25-minute dwell set and approaching the present to speak concerning the massively influential, always-thriving NJ punk scene that they have been a part of for many years.
For the uninitiated, Mikey Erg has been one of the vital prolific punk musicians of the previous few a long time. He made his breakthrough as drummer/lead vocalist of The Ergs!, whose 2004 debut album dorkrockcorkrod is likely one of the finest pop punk albums of the twenty first century and one which solely will get higher and extra influential with age. Exterior of The Ergs!, Mikey’s drummed in zillions of bands, together with Worriers, The Measure [sa], Early Riser, The Unlovables, Star Fucking Hipsters, The Gradual Dying, Dust Bike Annie, Home Boat, The Chris Gethard Present‘s home band, and extra, and he is additionally been main a solo profession for the previous few years. His newest album, which is self-titled, got here out on Rad Girlfriend Data this previous February. Earlier albums had been launched on Don Giovanni.
Mikey recorded the brand new album together with his present dwell band, bassist Fid and drummer Chris Pierce, each of whom are additionally long-running, prolific fixtures of the punk scene in and round NJ. Fid performs with Mikey in Hatrabbits and was additionally in The Measure [sa] amongst different bands, and Chris is/was in Doc Hopper, The Groucho Marxists, Deadguy, and extra, and he runs the studio Quantity IV (fka Technical Ecstasy) and did sound at New Brunswick venue Court docket Tavern. That is the identical energy trio that will likely be acting on our present, and all three members will likely be sitting down with me to talk concerning the NJ scene.
The BrooklynVegan Present tapes dwell in Brooklyn and — similar to the dwell music protection on our web site — there’s at all times a neighborhood angle labored in. For all of us at BrooklynVegan and lots of others within the tristate space, the NJ scene has been simply as essential to bands in our space because the Decrease East Aspect and Williamsburg. From much-missed venues like City Gardens and Maxwell’s, to iconic areas like Court docket Tavern, The Stone Pony, Marvel Bar, Asbury Lanes, Starland Ballroom (fka Hunka Bunka Ballroom), and extra, to the storied New Brunswick basement scene, to music festivals like Skate & Surf and Bamboozle (which is coming back), NJ has been house to a few of the most crucial moments in our lives and in music historical past. BrooklynVegan has proudly placed on a few of our exhibits at locations like The Stone Pony and Court Tavern, and lots of of our favourite native bands through the years got here from that facet of the river. The impression of NJ punk on nationwide and worldwide music can’t be overstated, and it is infinite. From the Misfits to The Bouncing Souls and Lifetime to Thursday and My Chemical Romance to The Gaslight Anthem — simply to call just a few — NJ has constantly produced a few of the world’s most outstanding punk bands. The Ergs! are one of many greats as effectively, and it is secure to say the NJ scene can be a really completely different place with out Mikey Erg’s impression.
The present airs dwell Thursday (4/1) at 11 AM ET and it will not be archived or re-broadcast, so that is your one likelihood to catch our chat with Mikey and his band and watch their solely new dwell set. Tune in Thursday at Vans.com/Channel66.