Bayonne-based Gatherers have released “We Are Alive Beyond Repair,” their second LP for Equal Vision Records and fourth studio release overall since 2012. In support of the new album, Gatherers have embarked on a national tour that brings them June 6 to The Saint in Asbury Park. Photo by Kelsey Hunter Ayres
If you took The Cure and Radiohead, stabbed in them in the hearts and guts, sprayed their blood and entrails all over the floor and let their fans wrestle in them, Gatherers would make the perfect soundtrack. Too intense? Well, Gatherers are a brutally intense, beautifully morbid band.
On “We Are Alive Beyond Repair,” their fourth studio collection, third LP and second full-length for hard-core legend Ray Cappo’s Equal Vision label following 2015’s “Quiet World,” the Bayonne-based five-piece are super tight and technically superb. This especially true of bassist Matt Popowski, whose fat fluidness adds greatly to many of the 11 tracks. I also love the way guitarists Rob Talalai and Anthony Gesa battle each other, like two opposing war planes crashing into the sea at the same time, while drummer Adam Cichocki holds their creative chaos together with the precision of a machine and the soul of Babatunde Olatunji.
But at the front and center of Gatherers is vocalist, lyricist and synth player/sequencer Rich Weinberger. He matches the band’s range from melodic to pummeling with equally varied and dynamic vocals, dark to light keyboard patches, and eerie, gloomy insights that recall the inventive minds and tortured souls of Edgar Allan Poe, Virginia Wolf and Sylvia Plath.
Like Toothgrinder vocalist Justin Matthews, Weinberger has this incredible ability to go from high-pitched sweetness to low guttural growl. The best example is “Ann Liv Young” in which he goes back and forth in those vocal styles within seemingly impossible seconds of each other. Yet, he also can pull it off live.
“Lambs to the Chapel” also mixes it up, going from a frightening, blood-curdling final verse into a hauntingly acoustic conclusion. Other standout tracks include the closing “Starve,” which features a beautifully expressive ending that sounds as if Weinberger is pleading with someone who is holding a gun to his head.
The single, “The Floorboards Ate Breathing,” mixes the synth-driven, guitar-echoing alt-dance vibe of mid- to late-80s The Cure with Edgar Allan Poe’s sense of the macabre. The gruesome, eerie tune was inspired by a 2007 HBO documentary about a wife, who after years of domestic abuse against her and her son, snapped and killed her husband with a hammer.
The equally emotional “Every Pain In Monochrome” draws its sad, violent story from British author Virginia Woolfe, who took her life by filling her pockets with stones and walking into a river. Similarly, for the eternally morose “Infinity & Gloom,” Weinberger draws his inspiration from and pays tribute to sad lass Sylvia Plath, an influential mid-20th century poet.
Great as this record is, Gatherers are even better live, especially Weinberger use of sequencers. A two-month national tour kicks off May 31 at Riverwalk in New Hampshire. Northeast dates include June 2, Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Mass.; June 3, Fete Music Hall, Providence, R.I.; June 4, Café Nine, New Haven, Conn.; June 6, The Saint, Asbury Park; June 7, Mercury Lounge, New York City; June 8, Boot & Saddle, Philadelphia; June 9, Metro Gallery, Baltimore; July 18, Mohawk Place, Buffalo, N.Y.; July 19, The Sinclair, Cambridge, Mass., and July 21, Amityville Music Hall, Amityville, N.Y.
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The Empire Strikes Back in Concert with the NJSO LIVE! at the State Theatre Some of our favorite childhood memories growing up at the Jersey Shore involved going to our town’s grand old movie palace, The Community Theater, in Toms River. Built with colonial architecture and featuring large white columns in the front, paned glass windows in the lobby, a circular brick walk from the sidewalk to the box office, and a white picket fence which enclosed a lawn and a flower bed, this local gem presented the latest Hollywood films. For kids like us back in the 1960’s, that meant pictures like Mary Poppins, Cinderella, The Love Bug, and Flipper.Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes At Riverside Rhythm & Rhyme This coming Sunday, January 20, Scott Wolfson and his band will be serving up their unique blend of Americana at the Riverside Rhythm & Rhyme series at Investors Bank Theater in Succasunna, New Jersey. The band – Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes – formed in Jersey City in 2011, and, even though the members have migrated in various directions since then, they still consider themselves to be a Jersey City band."He Totally Wowed Us!" John Oates LIVE! at SOPAC It’s brisk for an evening walk on South Orange Ave. in South Orange, NJ, this Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 evening, but it’s a good road to follow as it leads us directly to the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) for a special performance by singer, songwriter, and guitarist John Oates and his backup group, The Good Road Band.“Tons of Fun!” The Glenn Miller Orchestra LIVE! at the Grunin Center Although Friday, December 21, 2018 is the shortest day of the year, the audience of big band music lovers here at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center for the Arts is hoping for a long evening of classic swing and holiday tunes performed by the incomparable Glenn Miller Orchestra!Mike Davis and The New Wonders Mike Davis traces his love for the trumpet back to a Disney movie.
He grew up in a musical family, with both his parents playing strings in the Seattle Symphony. But Davis wanted an instrument of his own.
Then, at age 9, he saw “The Aristocats,” the animated film about a bunch of French felines — including a group of jazz-playing alley cats.
Event calendar Monday, Jan 21, 2019
I’m Not Running @ Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, Morristown - 2:00pm and 7:00pm