2011 was a breakthrough year for the Greenwich-based band Eastbound Jesus – including the release of their debut album, “Greatest Hits, Vol. 1,” in January and a high-profile win at the prestigious Saratoga Performing Arts Center Battle of the Bands back in May. And 2012 is shaping up as another great year, beginning with the upcoming release of their sophomore album, “Holy Smokes.”
Mixing up a contagious blend of Americana, bluegrass and a North Country spin on southern rock, Eastbound Jesus will be celebrating the release of “Holy Smokes” with a CD release party at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs at 9pm on Friday. Joining in the celebration will be the Mallett Brothers Band from Portland, Maine.
Saratoga Springs-based rock cover band Gravity is gearing up to release their new CD, “Live in Saratoga.” True to its title, the 17-song album was recorded live in Saratoga, but it wasn’t the usual one or two night deal. No, the new album was recorded live over the course of more than two years at eight different venues around town – Vapor, the Paddock Lounge, Gaffney’s, the Horseshoe Inn, the Bullpen Tavern, Prime at Saratoga National, the Irish Times and the Ice House.
And naturally, the four-piece band – featuring vocalist-guitarist Justin Joyner, bassist Christian DeFrancqueville, guitarist Scott Fivel and drummer Will Railton – will be holding their CD release party in the Spa City, too, at Prime at Saratoga National at 9pm on Saturday (January 28). Admission is $5, which includes a complimentary drink ticket. The first 20 paid admissions through the door will also include a free copy of the new CD; all others can purchase CDs for $5 – half-price – throughout the night.
Oh those Insects have been busy, busy, busy. January’s not even over yet, but the psychedelic sonic explorers have already released three albums this year: the six-track “Six Mirror Darkness,” the seven track “The Hep-C Generation,” both of which were released on Friday the 13th.
Insect Posse will be firing it up live at the Albany Sonic Arts Collective’s marathon benefit bash at the Upstate Artists Guild in Albany on Sunday (January 29), where they’ll be joined by guest Insect Matt Weston. The festivities begin at 4pm. Suggested donation is $5.
Johnny Salka – frontman for former heavy metal heroes Amalgama – steps up to the microphone with his new band Hard Soul at The Linda in Albany at 7:30pm on Saturday (January 28). The power trio will open the show at the next installment of Ralph Renna’s Capital Underground Live concert series, sharing the stage with Smittix and Skadee. Although the band – which also features drummer Eric Hoehn and bassist Damien Owczarski – has played a few acoustic show since forming last August, Saturday’s show marks the band’s fully plugged-in debut. “I like to call it heart-on-your-sleeve rock ‘n’ roll,” Salka says. “I’m heavily influenced by Thin Lizzy, Led Zeppelin and a lot of ’70s & ’80s rock, and my goal was to bring the music home, in a sense.”
Look for Hard Soul to make their recording debut later this year with a still as-yet-untitled five-song EP.