The local music scene in Asbury Park is saturated with so much raw talent that you could picture just about any of these artists finding their big break. This was certainly the case at Experiment 34’s album release show for their debut full length record “What Dying Feels Like,” which showcased some of the most talented local bands in the scene performing with such conviction that you’d swear they were already international rock stars. Experiment 34 treated everyone who showed up to release show at Asbury Lanes with a free physical copy of the new album, and they performed the record in its entirety when it was their time to take the stage. However, the show wasn’t all about Experiment 34, and each band/artist that supported them brought something different and entertaining to the evening.
Opening the show was a band called Flourish, looking to make a strong first impression the second they hit the stage. The members all seemed to either be still in high school or fresh out, which contrasted their clear late 60s/early 70s style in both look and sound. Regardless, these old souls brought their own energetic brand of psychedelic jam rock that warmed up the crowd and got everyone excited for the rest of the night.
Up next was reggae rock trio P-Funk North, bringing good vibes and amusing antics to the crowd. One can’t help but smile while watching P-Funk perform because not only is their music uplifting, funny, and soothing, but these qualities are also personified by the frontman’s infectious smile and dancing, coupled with the drummer’s slick beats that keep the crowd casually bopping along to every tune.
The artist that followed next was the only solo artist of the night, known to his fans as Bulletproof Belv. Accompanied by a DJ to run his beats, Belv spit bars full of personal experiences and hardships, often taking time between songs to explain the meaning behind the lyrics and express how thankful he is to have made it out of the hood and to be following his dreams. He also invited his sister on stage to perform a song with him, as well as close friend Matty Carlock a few songs later, who Belv claimed was one of the first to truly support him in his music career.
Finally came the act of the night, and the funky psychos in Experiment 34 truly made a grand entrance. The band walked onto a very dimly lit stage with nothing but a deep blue light illuminating the venue as the brief intro track to their debut album played out, followed by an explosion of lights, sounds, and excitement as the group began playing the first real song on the album, “Well, You Know…” Experiment 34 played every song on their new album in the order that they appear on the record, giving anyone who is new to their music a hearty taste of their genre-blending brand of rap, rock, metal, punk, and funk all fused into one cohesive package. After they finished performing the album in its entirety, Experiment 34 returned to the stage for an encore, starting with a ferocious cover of “Bulls on Parade” by Rage Against the Machine that got the whole crowd bouncing. This was followed by two fan favorites from their previous EP “Charismanic”, the first being “3 Days in the Chamber” which flows seamlessly into their closing song “Willie Mays,” ending their debut album release show performance on an incredibly high note. Experiment 34’s combination of energetic stage presence and unique genre-fluid music all but ensures that this band has a promising music career ahead of them.