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Makin Waves Record of the Week:
"Bellicose" by The Extensions


originally published: 09/11/2019

Makin Waves Record of the Week: "Bellicose" by The ExtensionsAsbury Park power-pop combo The Extensions are from left to right bassist Kevin Newcomb, drummer Pete Stern, vocalist-guitarist Brian Erickson and keyboardist-vocalist Lisa LoVell. They will release their debut EP, “Bellicose,” Sept. 20 on North Jersey-based Mint 400 Records with a record release party at Asbury Lanes. PHOTO BY LINDSEY MARIE

Picking up where Brian Erickson’s previous power-pop band, The Paper Jets, left off, The Extensions – also bassist Kevin Newcomb (Fun While You Wait), drummer Pete Stern (Rose Boulevard) and keyboardist-vocalist Lisa LoVell (Dave Mooney & Viewers Like You) – bring their all-star skills to a debut EP, “Bellicose.” With a title that refers to the force with which members embrace their new project, the record will drop Sept. 20 on North Jersey-based Mint 400 Records with a release party at Asbury Lanes. Sharing that bill will be fellow 3143 Artist Management acts The Mercury Brothers, Arlan Feiles & the Brokenhearted, Deirdre Forrest & the Backseams, and Mooney’s aforementioned band. Arlan, Deirdre and Mooney are featured on the comp, but for some reason, The Extensions and The Mercury Brothers aren’t (at least not on the tracks that I received). 

One thing’s for sure, “Hallowed Out,” the single from “Bellicose,” would have made the comp even better. The bright opener sets the tone for the six-song power-poppin’ opus as it shares how hard it is to love someone else when you’re too burnt out to love yourself. Featuring a sweet, trippy break in nod to John Lennon at his most psychedelic, “Hallowed Out” is the Makin Waves Song of the Week, which can be heard at 6:45 pm on Friday and Monday on “Radio Jersey,” four more times daily at ThePenguinRocks.com, as well as at Makin Waves’ Spotify and YouTube playlists.

The other standout on “Bellicose” is the closer, “Envy Smile.” The melodic drama about the mess of relationships features the EP’s best vocal performance from the 2018 Makin Waves Vocalist of the Year. 

“Bellicose” also contains:


  • “Running After Me,” a sweet but desperate plea for hope propelled by a boppin’ Ringo beat

  • “Fake the Rest,” a bittersweet blast of distrust

  • “Walk It Back,” a Lennonesque romp with all kinds of fun bells and whistles

  • “Across Your Shoulder,” a clever wordplay about misunderstandings with a nod to The Replacements’ “I’ll Be You.”

Matt Dubrow recorded the band’s production at his Firehouse Studio. The project then segued nicely from The Paper Jets with that band’s co-founding drummer Frank Lettieri Jr mixing and guitarist Mike Virok contributing surreal artwork. Brian once again relies for mastering on Kevin Nix, who mastered the Jets’ “Strange Friends” LP.

By the way, also featured on the 3143 comp will be Nakir Tasi, Biplane, Polyna, and JAHK. After the dual release party, Brian will play the Lanes a second weekend in a row as musical director of a 50th Anniversary tribute to The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” on Sept. 28 featuring a live performance of the beloved LP by the Asbury All Star Abbey Road Band, which includes members of Levy & the Oaks, Des & the Swagmatics and The Foes of Fern, all three of whom will share the bill. Co-produced by Makin Waves and Brian’s Red Pants Productions, the Abbey Road tribute also will feature members of The Vaughns and The Paper Jets.

 

Makin Waves Record of the Week: "Bellicose" by The Extensions

 

 Bob Makin is the reporter for MyCentralJersey.com/entertainment and a former managing editor of The Aquarian Weekly, which launched this column in 1988. Contact him at makinwaves64@yahoo.com. And like Makin Waves at www.facebook.com/makinwavescolumn.






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Event calendar
Saturday, Oct 19, 2019


MUSIC

MELVIN SEALS & JGB FEATURING JOHN KADLECIK @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

THE BILSBY BROTHERS @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

Reock & Roll Revue | A Tribute to Chicago II @ The Millstone Performing Arts Center, Millstone - 7:30pm

Eaglemania @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

Last Whispers @ Alexander Kasser Theater, Montclair - 8:00pm

RICK SPRINGFIELD & RICHARD MARX @ The Wellmont Theater, Montclair - 7:00pm

KIP MOORE: ROOM TO SPARE ACOUSTIC TOUR @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 8:00pm

American Song -Disney and the Boys: Will and Anthony Nunziata sing the Sherman Brothers @ The Chase Room @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 6:00pm and 8:30pm

Soulshine: An Allman Brothers Experience @ Victoria Theater @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 8:00pm

TOTO @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm

Floyd Pink @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm

Annie Sing-Along! @ Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College, West Windsor Township - 10:00am







THEATRE

East Lynne Theater Company presents POE BY CANDLELIGHT @ First Presbyterian Church (Cape May), Cape May - 8:00pm

Monster Princess Tales @ West Hudson Arts & Theatre Co, Kearny - 3:00pm

House on Haunted Hill (World Premiere) @ Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, Maplewood - 4:00pm and 7:30pm

Chasing Rainbows: The Road To Oz @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 1:30pm and 8:00pm

Theater of Fear @ The Mill Race Theatrical Company, Mount Holly - 1:30pm and 7:30pm

Our Town @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 8:00pm

The Late Christopher Bean continues at WCP @ Westfield Community Players, Westfield - 8:00pm


COMEDY

Get Happy! Hollywood Hits from Harold Arlen @ The Avenel Performing Arts Center, Avenel - 8:00pm

Comedian Kevin Downey Jr @ Brook Arts Center, Bound Brook - 8:00pm

THE JIM BREUER RESIDENCY @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 8:00pm

Jo Koy @ Prudential Hall @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 8:00pm


DANCE

Nimbus Dance: 15th Anniversary Crystal Gala 2019 @ Harborside Atrium, Jersey City - 7:00pm


FILM

A NIGHT WITH CROSSROADS THEATRE COMPANY FEATURING DENZEL WASHINGTON @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:30pm

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