Tickets are still available to see Ringwood’s Eck’s Men in their barn-burning concert at Bowery Electric, performing songs off their Tommy Stinson-produced debut LP
Eck’s Men are a street rock/power pop combo from Ringwood, a lakeside town in North Jersey not exactly known for its robust music scene beyond singer Drew Eckmann’s famous concerts in his backyard overlooking Cupsaw Lake.
Their distinctive sound is this perfect balance of vibes from The Stone Pony and Max’s Kansas City, an energy teeming throughout the 13 songs featured on their debut LP WHO KNEW?!?!?. Produced by longtime band friend Tommy Stinson, the group’s lineup–comprised of Drew Eckmann on lead vox, Roger Astudillo on bass, guitarist Rick Norman, drummer Dennis Vallone and saxophonist Tom Wise–give you the impression they’ve been playing together for a lot longer than they have.
And this past February 25th saw the group return to New York City to play a virtual club date at the Bowery Electric, which is co-owned by Jesse Malin, another close friend of the band. In fact, tickets to catch the group’s electrifying 75-minute set are still available as the concert remains available on the Rolling Live Studios website through March 4th (the digital box office closes on the 3rd, however).
There is indeed a minor but mighty rock scene that exists in North Jersey, which brought us like likes of The Feelies, Speed The Plough and Titus Andronicus. It’s an area more known for its roots in jazz, hip-hop and metal, no doubt. But just know the next time you are going over Skyline Drive you are passing through the turf of arguably the very best rock ‘n’ roll band in the region at this very moment.
Once again, here’s the link to catch The Eck’s Men at Bowery Electric through March 4th. Visit the band’s BandCamp page and check out WHO KNEW?!?!? to boot.
VIDEO: The Eck’s Men perform “Forgive and Forget” at Drew’s house in 2019