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Makin Waves Record of the Week:
self-titled by Hair Magic


originally published: 02/12/2020

Makin Waves Record of the Week: self-titled by Hair MagicThe Highland Park-based punk trio Hair Magic will celebrate the release of their self-titled debut EP on Feb. 15 at Pino’s, their hometown haven for original bands. The all-HP lineup also will include The Stuntcocks and Zero for Conduct. PHOTO BY JOHN OSBORN

Like Asbury Park’s MAMADRAMA and Philly’s The Ramoms, Highland Park-based Hair Magic are a punk-inspired outfit consisting of moms who rock. Guitarist-vocalist Jennifer Rector, bassist-vocalist Christine Espiritu and drummer Christie Lutz are a fun, charming trio whose self-titled debut EP is as infectious as it is energetic, as edgy as it is genuine. 

Recorded at Volume IV in New Brunswick by the legendary Chris Pierce of Doc Hopper and The Groucho Marxists and mastered at House of Vibes in Highland Park by the legendary Kurt Reil of The Grip Weeds, “Hair Magic” also at time is surprisingly heavy. Me thinks that may be Pierce’s input (he doesn’t call his studio Volume IV for nothin’). 

Let’s put The Ramones, The Runaways, and Black Sabbath in the Makin Waves Rock ‘n’ Roll Blender with a dash of The Go-Go’s and The Crystals to make it sweet. That’s how you make Hair Magic!

The EP opens with its first single, “Gale Force Wind.” The catchy, yet attitudinal tune about surviving heartache is the Makin Waves Song of the Week at 5 and 11 a.m., 5 p.m. and midnight through Wednesday at thepenguinrocks.com and 6:45 p.m. Friday and Monday on its “Radio Jersey” show. If Ozzy Osborne and Joey Ramone went on spring break in Florida and met up with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, “Gale Force Wind” is what their collaboration would sound like. And what a beach party blast it is with the moshy edge of Sabbath and The Ramones overlaid by the charming ’60s fun of “The Swim.” As you listen to the track, you can just feel the sand between kids’ toes. 

The rollicking rumble of “Rope” also is a mash-up of moshing and “The Swim,” concluding with a fantastic bass riff by Christine. “Nag” is a snippet of a breakup song that fuses’60s girl groups, like The Crystals, with harder-edged ’70s counterparts, such as The Runaways. The slash ‘n’ burn of “Don’t Go” also is a treat.  

To close out the EP, Hair Magic place their tongues firmly in cheek to pay homage to 1970s heartthrob Randy Mantooth, star of the NBC-TV hit “Emergency,” with The Waitresses-like “Randy Mantooth.” I love the line “I’ve been through some stormy weather. Kiss my boo boo, make it better.” 

The crafty collection will be celebrated Feb. 15 with the trio’s pals in The Stuntcocks and Zero for Conduct at Pino’s, their hometown haven for tasty original tunes and equally tasty craft beer. Expect big things from Hair Magic with this EP. More live shows will be announced soon.

Makin Waves Record of the Week: self-titled by Hair Magic

 

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



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Event calendar
Fri, Feb 21, 2020


MUSIC


FUNGKSHUI @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

Longwave @ The Wonder Bar, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

SUPER DIAMOND @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

Light Opera of NJ presents "Die Fledermaus" @ St Marks Episcopal Church (Basking Ridge), Basking Ridge - 8:00pm

LUCERO @ White Eagle Hall, Jersey City - 8:30pm

Les Paul Festival: The Young Philadelphians @ Berrie Center for the Arts, Ramapo College, Mahwah - 8:00pm

Get The Led Out @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:00pm

Academy of St Martin in The Fields with Joshua Bell @ Prudential Hall @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 8:00pm

Mardi Gras Boogaloo 2020 @ The Newton Theatre, Newton - 8:00pm

Rod MacDonald in concert at Princeton Folk Music Society @ Christ Congregation Church, Princeton - 8:00pm

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

Eric Lindell Solo @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm

Kinky Boots (Broadcast) @ Pollak Theatre @ Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 7:30pm






THEATRE


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee @ CDC Theatre, Cranford - 8:00pm

RITZ KIDZ - Pinocchio @ The Ritz Theatre, Haddon Twp - 10:00am

LEGALLY BLONDE @ The Strand Theater, Lakewood - 7:00pm


Sound of Music @ Rhino Theatre, Pompton Lakes - 8:00pm

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD @ Hamilton Stage @ Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC), Rahway - 8:00pm

COMEDY


BOB SAGET @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 8:00pm

Progressively Funny: John Fugelsang and Friends @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 8:00pm

Tracy Morgan: No Disrespect @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm


DANCE


two may be one, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance @ Hearst Dance Theater at Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton University campus, Princeton - 8:30pm


FILM


Screening of William Greaves’ Nationtime—Gary, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts @ James Stewart Film Theater at 185 Nassau Street on the Princeton University campus, Princeton - 6:00pm


POETRY


Open Book III - Poetry & Perform - FREE @ Bluefox Craft Beer & Restaurant, South Plainfield - 7:00pm

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