The local old-school punk rock band garnered plenty of support, including that of a Grammy nominated producer, in releasing an eight-song CD that will be celebrated by a release party Aug. 10 at the Diving Horse in A.C.
ATLANTIC CITY — There’s a definite correlation between “extreme” or “action” sports — basically those that involve not getting killed in the face of high rates of speed or sheer drop-offs — and the brash, rambunctious form of rock known as punk.
And like anything else, over time participants in such activities or art forms learn from their mistakes, pick up pointers on how to do them better, and refine them in ways that make them not just fun to engage in, but fun from a fan perspective too.
Take the veteran Atlantic City-based punk-rock band Jumpship for example. As lifelong shore-area residents, the five-man group gravitated toward the surfing lifestyle and the music of the hardcore punk-rock bands of primarily the 1970s through ’80s. They released two CDs on sort of a whim and very low budget in the early to mid 2000s — Delusions, Attachments and Pain, and Walk the Plank — before zeroing in on a self-titled, eight-song compilation that, according to the band’s lead singer and principal lyricist Daniel Ginsburg, is more representative of the band’s collective skills and how its evolved.
On Wednesday, Aug. 10, from 9pm-midnight, Jumpship’s record release party will take place at the Diving Horse Cabaret and Steakhouse (9 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in A.C.). Dubbed the “Sea of Misery Show,” it will include a live performance by the Jumpship, and Frank Chase and DJ B Easy of the local band Easy Does It. The party is being hosted by Dark Fall Productions and Next Level Entertainment.
“I just wanted to put something out that set the bar for us as a band, and I think the project we just finished definitely achieves that, and gives us a platform for where we’re at as a band,” says Ginsburg, whose Jumpship bandmates include bassist Rod Cardy, drummer Tom Sullivan, rhythm guitarist J.T. Malley and lead guitarist Woody Hall. “As artists you always strive to do something better than the last thing you did. It doesn’t make sense to do something half-assed, so what originally started out as something we did just for fun — something to do when we weren’t able to surf or ride our skateboards — has become more of a mission to put something out that’s marketable, that was a solid piece from beginning to end.
“I mean, [making music is] still fun, but in a day and age where touring is what puts you on a radar with most major labels, and all the social media that’s involved with creating a fan base outside of where you live, for us it became ‘How do we strategically do that and target the right audience in the right direction? How do we pivot ourselves and put ourselves in the right situation to get the music out to as many different people as possible so they can listen to it?’ It can be a little overwhelming.”
Jumpship the CD is being produced by Philly session musician, band leader (of the group McRad) and professional skateboarder Chuck Treece, a Jumpship friend who hooked the band up with Grammy nominated engineer Jim Salamone of Cambridge Sound Studios of Newtown, Pa. Salamone’s worked with Grover Washington Jr., Teddy Pendergrass, Jon Bon Jovi and other big names in the music business in a storied career.
“All the music is produced and arranged by the band,” says Ginsburg. “Chuck tweaked some sound, but all the songs were written before we went into the studio, and we wanted to get someone involved who can take our sound and help us to tighten it up put together a first-rate studio project. We were really fortunate and grateful to get Jim [Salamone] involved.
“Lyrically it’s either myself or Rod [Cardy] or a friend of ours from New York, Danny DiMauro, who helped to write two songs on this new album — ‘Klorox’ [which can be seen below, or by going to darkfallproductions.tv] and a song called ‘So L.A.’ — both based on his life experiences. He’s the godfather of my kid and an amazing writer, so I’ve been able to take his writing and incorporate it into our music.”
Jumpship has been working with Vexillum Clothing (vexillumclothing.com) and Hot Rod Tattoos of Atlantic City (hotrodtattoo.org) on merchandizing and promotions leading up to the Aug. 10 CD release party, and will be performing at the House of Vans in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday, Aug. 6, in a benefit for the family of late skateboarding legend Andy Kessler.
“Music has always been a way to express yourself, but we’ve been blessed to have a lot of good people support us on this album and we wanted [the release party] to be about them too,” says Ginsburg.
“[Owners] Tom and Angie Sherwood sunk a ton of money into the Diving Horse. It’s got a million-dollar sound system and they do a local’s night every Wednesday, so it just sort of made sense to try to incorporate the release party into the local’s night and get all the people involved — to throw a party where everybody’s going to have a good time.”
“We had it rough. We are not of privilege. We were literally hungry during the early days of this band."
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