BALLROOM: ENTER THE BALLROOM
Ballroom are one of NJ’s current hidden gems and if you find yourself skipping most songs on your playlists, i-pods, shuffles, spotifies, winamps, et cetera, Enter the Ballroom is for you. I stumbled upon this mysterious band at one of my favorite North Jersey Venues, Pat’s Bar, over a year ago and struggled to find anything out about them since. Their live show imbedded itself in my brain with their unconventional musical explorations/various and interesting rhythms- all under catchy melodic vocals despite the ensuing craziness. All of the instruments existed in their own little world, yet it all fit together so perfectly. Fast forward a year or more. I haven’t forgotten. Apparently, my friend from Portland hadn’t forgotten either and he happened to be thinking about them around the same time they re-surfaced in my head and he had a fresh link ready for me. After little exploring on said link, I finally found it: a click-able to the band’s full length on some obscure label’s bandcamp: 16 songs of progressive post-punk reminiscent of Nomeansno. Oh and no song reaches the 3 minute mark, which is something I always feel necessary to mention- to confine such awesomeness in such short time is a feat not to be ignored. I’ve posted it below. ENJOY! Hopefully, we’ll be hearing more about Ballroom in 2014, as they appear to still be active!