IN TUNE: We got Doomsday today — as in: “Seaside Lights,” a new CD single by Bergen County’s Doomsday Diaries to benefit Seaside Heights victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Paired with the song “Summer of Love,” the new tune is a taste of the band’s first full-length CD, to be released early next year.
With more than a hint of early Alice Cooper and other pre-metal music, “Seaside Lights” recalls summers spent at the popular Shore resort by founding brothers Jason and Sean Sproviero (aka J Von Doom and The Evil Twin) of Hasbrouck Heights, with vocals by Jessica Kenny of Garfield.
Originally a six-piece, Doomsday Diaries has stripped away the keyboards and second guitar — yet have become more atmospheric, as its young members delve deeper into their brand of trippy yet tight progidelic.
They’ve had some high-profile gigs, including the Bamboozle fest at MetLife Stadium and appearances at The Stone Pony. The other night they packed Mexicali Live in Teaneck for a CD release party.
Inspired by Radiohead, Porcupine Tree and others, the Sproviero twins created Doomsday Diaries 3½ years ago. Jason plays guitar, Sean bass, and both sing. Although they’re in their late teens, the guys’ musical sensibilities stretch back nearly a half-century.
Doomsday Diaries sweeps current music with a broad brush, claiming that no originality exists at a time when there’s never been more original music – or easier access to it.
But that only aligns them with the “Do It Yourself” ethos of punk and New Wave, which had no use for “establishment” machines. Like their predecessors, these kids just want to rock.
They also want to do their part best as they know how. Given the band’s name, today seemed the perfect time to do it. Hence: “Seaside Lights” and “Summer of Love,” both written by the twins.
You can sample/order both here: “Seaside Lights / Summer of Love” ($1.98)