FREEHOLD, NJ—The arctic temperatures served as no deterrent for the 100-plus fans that showed up at Zebu Forno in Freehold for a free show featuring The Aquarian’s Project Greenroom bands: A Subtle Monument, The New Royalty and Jersey, as well as a special performance by newly signed Hopeless Records artists For The Foxes.
Zebu Forno, a café-style eatery, best known for their delicious baked goods, pizza and sandwiches is now being recognized as a new underground hot spot for live entertainment.
A Subtle Monument started off the night with their infectious brand of pop/punk. These guys brought their very own homemade lighting rig, and did not fail to make use of every inch of the stage. Their dynamic performance definitely caught the attention of the completely packed house and set the tone for the night. Closing out with their crowd favorite, “You Wish You Could Be” they left everyone singing along, and ready for more.
Next up was For The Foxes, fresh of the set of Good Day New York, where they were promoting their new single, “Where The Heartache Is.” Performing this evening as a one off from their current tour, the band was greeted with open arms as they ran through a stellar repertoire, which included the new single, as well as an array of other crowd pleasers. You could not even get near the merch table after their set; it was shear pandemonium, as eager new fans were dying to pick up a token to remember their new favorite band by. Not only are they a great band, For The Foxes are also super cool people who stuck around till the very end of the night signing posters, taking pictures and talking with fans. You will be hearing big things from this band!
Hometown boys, The New Royalty took the stage to a room full of screams echoing from their traveling and die-hard fan base. The band, fronted by Brittany Lafelice, commanded the stage as they ran through a blistering set, featuring their ballad “Alive,” off their debut full-length, which was definitely the highlight. This band might be young, but are already a force to be reckoned with. This night, and their recent third place win out of 250 bands in the Jersey Shows Battle Of The Bands, prove it.
Last up was a truly inspiring DIY artist, Mikey Mo, a.k.a. “Jersey.” In August he left his band and decided to go back to his roots, and his hometown to write his own songs and re-work some of his old ones. Tonight it was just Mikey, his acoustic guitar, a harmonica and some percussion on a few songs. This singer/songwriter set the crowd ablaze. No doubt, this was a perfect ending to an amazing night.