Hoboken, Hudson County, New Jersey 07030
Local music is still a cornerstone of Hoboken's entertainment scene. As rehearsal studios have made way for condos and the sounds of bands rehearsing have been replaced by the deafening silence brought on by the anti-social behavior created by the giant “dorms” now cluttering each block, it is really exciting when a bill contains three local acts that are all worth hearing. Two hail from Hudson County (No Pasaran! and WJ and The Sweet Sacrifice) and one from Brooklyn (The Art of Shooting). No Pasaran! are a progressive outfit mining similar territory as bands like Gang of Four or Menomena, and a personal favorite of mine. Their music is as beautiful as it is aggressive and they can snap your neck when they stop on a dime and change ideas and tempos quicker than you can shout, "None Shall Pass!"
front cover: The Bongos - "Telephoto Lens" b/w "Glow In The Dark" (Fetish cat. 003)