Release Date: April 24, 2020
Cover Art: Stefan Beham
Production: Pete Steinkopf of the Bouncing Souls
Photos: Doug Dresher
- Oceanport, N.J.
Current Lineup: (Per Bandcamp)
- Ian Egloff: Bass and vocals
- Nic Fuller: Guitar
- Rob Spahr: Drums and vocals
- Pete Vincelli: Vocals and Guitars
- Yotam Ben Horin: Guest vocals on “New Year’s Eve”
Favorite Tracks: My Good Friends, Remember Me, Richard Parker, Cold and Drunk, and This Girl is Crazy
Sounds Like: Doc Rotten, Bouncing Souls, Teenage Bottlerocket, Pennywise, and Lagwagon
CPRA had the pleasure of hosting NJ’s Doc Rotten a few weeks back and I got to thinking. New Jersey gets alot of shit for putting out some wicked music. As a state it’s been the blunt of many jokes like, “Q: What’s the difference between Newark, New Jersey and yogurt? A: Yogurt has an active living culture. The music coming from NJ has been incredible with such acts as Bouncing Souls, The Misfits, Richie Ramone, Streetlight Manifesto (AKA Catch 22), and many more.
So before you take a dump on the Garden State keep all that in mind! Let’s talk about another kick ass band from New Jersey, The Fullers! They are set to release their brand new album, “Cheers”, produced by Pete Steinkopf of the Bouncing Souls on 4/24/2020. This album is being released by SBAM Records (Austria) and ProRawk Records (Chicago). ProRawk is quickly becoming one of my favorite small labels!
We reviewed their last album, “Kingdom By The Sea” way back in October 2018. The one thing I love about the Fullers is their ability to tell a fantastic story through music. I rotate “Kingdom By The Sea” on a weekly basis. We got lucky and scored an early preview release! Read that again, Haha! So let’s take a deep look at the record.
The album starts with an anthem like ballad called, “My Good Friends”. Per the band, “”My Good Friend” portrays a man who takes advice from the records he listens to”. I love this song! We can all identify with bands we can relate to. It mentions Joey Ramone and possibly Shane McGowan. I often equate myself with Shane. Though I’m not an alcoholic, I can relate as he spins his tales. This track has strong radio potential.
The next song is “Remember Me” comes in on a somber note. We’ve all been there going through some major shit. This track is heavy on bass, excellent harmonies, and lyrically perfect. The “Whoa’s” will have you singing along instantly. This is the perfect song when you’re feeling down and out. “Tell The World” is up next and yet another favorite for me.
“Tell the world I’m here, Tell the world I’m better,
Tell the world I’m not ready to give up on myself”
Sometimes you just need something to believe in. I know I’ve thought about quitting booking shows, doing reviews, creating merch, but occasionally I’ll run into someone. They quickly remind me how important we are to the punk rock community. For those feeling like giving up, put on this track, drink some water, get up and kick some ass! “These Days” is up next and comes in hard with a great skatepunk sound. The drums, heavy bass, awesome guitar make this song not only pogo worthy, but fun to dance in your car too.
“Richard Parker” follows up and per the band, “the narrator recounts a dream he had: a curious case of life imitating art. The drums are killer on this track and is yet another personal favorite track! This track is yet another that may be bound for the airwaves.
“19 days not a bird in sight,
I don’t think I’ll make it through another night,
Sorry mates one of us got to die,
I’ll see you in the boozer on the other side”
I love everything about this track. The lyrics are perfectly composed, while the drums imitate a death march tune. I dare you to not get this track stuck inside your head. “My Carolina Home” is the next track and reminds me a little of Johnny Cash’s, “Orange Blossom Special”. We all reminisce about a time when things seemed simpler. Not really anywhere close to a country song, yet I see punks in my head running a circle pit to this track.
“Cold And Drunk” is next and kicks more and more ass. Personally I think I already have a 2020 best international of the year award right here! It sucks when all your friends are getting married, having kids, and joining the rat race. This song times out at 01:17 and has become another one of my favorite tracks under 2 minutes long. Let’s talk on the next song with “Beatrice”. Per the band, “The man at the heart of “Beatrice” is willing to travel through the depths of Hell to find his long lost love”.
Have you ever met someone who is absolutely terrible for you, but end up falling in love with them anyways? I know I have and that brings us to “This Girl Is Crazy”. That heavy bass line is back with a vengeance. This song is catchy as all hell! The last track on the record is “New Years’s Eve”, with guest vocals from Useless ID, Yotam Ben Horin. This is a perfect way to end an excellent album. The beautiful acoustic sound, incredible vocals, leaves me feeling hopeful for a better tomorrow.
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- My Good Friends
- Remember Me
- Tell the World
- These Days
- Richard Parker
- My Carolina Home
- Cold and Drunk
- This Girl is Crazy
- New Year’s Eve
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- Bandcamp: https://thefullersnj.bandcamp.com/
- Website: https://thefullersnj.com/
CPRA 2020 Review Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAHReU2iGck3MJt3v-V9CRGp9iEdodsy6