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Hoboken's Stuyvesant rocks the Lower East Side
STUYVESANT - The Mercury Lounge, NYC – Tuesday,
April 26, 2011
It had been ten or more years since I last caught a band
at The Mercury Lounge. Funny, considering how many times I've
been in the immediate vicinity of the club. As I entered the
bar, I almost immediately ran into Brian, Ralph, and Sean
of Stuyvesant. The mood was good as I joined them for a drink
and pleasantries. Upon entering the back room, memories of
long-ago visits returned as Stuyvesant started taking the
stage to load their gear. The place quickly filled with friends
and familiar faces. The usual good vibe a Stuyvesant show
brings was present but I couldn't help but think there should
have been a bigger presence. Being able to wander freely in
front of the stage is not something I enjoy as much as squeezing
through a crowd hanging on every note
pressed against the stage. So much for Tuesday nights. The
band blazed through a set of mostly new tracks from their
highly anticipated release on Dromedary Records. I've had
the opportunity to catch a number of Stuyvesant shows over
the past year and love what they bring. They mix melody and
harmony well while giving it enough kick and rock edge to
never keep your feet or ears from feeling undernourished.
Ralph, Brian, Sean and Pete compliment each other’s
style and personalities. While Ralph and Brian provide energy
and at times humor, Sean seams to be the calming, steady force.
As for drummer Pete, you just can't help but love the guy.
He seems to have become the perfect fit. In a sense he feels
like the glue, keeping the beat and bringing all the band’s
great elements together.
Stuyvesant prove once again that sometimes nice guys don't
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