New Brunswick music scene subject of new documentary (watch a new trailer)
VLH Films and David Urbano are chronicling the New Brunswick music scene in a new documentary, Noisy Basements and Bars: A Scene Within A Scene. Here's some of what Urbano said about it back in February, 2016:
In this film, NOISY BASEMENTS & BARS a scene within a scene, I want to show the story of a the golden era of music in New Brunswick, New Jersey starting from the 1980’s to present day. How it was eaten by progress and affected many lives and careers and somehow bands still manage to produce and come out of central jersey and claim the Hub City as their own. It’s hard to describe the scale of a giant scene that I’ve watched disappear before my eyes and ears, only to re-appear and still retain it’s roots. The music scene has migrated and become just as obscure to me when I was 15 and first discovered WRSU and WFMU on the left of the dial; respectfully as well City Gardens and shows at CBGB’s.
Radio really opened a whole world of local music, fanzines and just making noise when the opportunity was there. We relied on word of mouth or flyers we would find in our local record stores. In this journey I’ve been meeting a lot of people and heard lots of folklore and funny as fuck stories which I’m all too excited to share.
Local record stores have mostly gone out of business or even burned down as is the case with Sound Station in Westfield. I started asking myself where in hell are kids going to discover culture first hand that is not on the internet? How is this affecting music, Art and creativity? Has major media won and youth are just a bunch of mindless trolls and FAPers? When a place of cultural exchanges gets knocked down does anything replace it? What happens? Where does art go? Asbury? I don’t know. Back to the basement?
Over the next year or so I’m going to be answering these questions interviewing club owners, DJ’s, Booking agents, label folks, people who made it or didn’t and the local band folk and scenesters who made it all happen. I want them to help me define exactly what I mean when I say the phrase NOISY BASEMENTS AND BARS out loud. People who were part of scene and are still perhaps trying to keep it alive in their head. The subject is very dear to me as it defines part of who I am today artistically. I don’t know why I care care for some odd reason so just chose to accept and do something about it.
The documentary now has a new trailer, and Mikey Erg also discussed the documentary in a new video interview. You can watch both of those videos below.
In related news, longtime New Brunswick staples The Bouncing Souls just announced their Stoked for the Summer show in Asbury Park with The Menzingers, Lucero, and more.