NY IN 64: New Jersey Instrumental Hardcore Collective Surfaces; Magic Bullet Confirms Debut LP

Magic Bullet Records confirms the signing of New Jersey-based instrumental/progressive hardcore collective, NEW YORK IN 64 — the act uniting past and current members of You and I, The Assistant, Capacities, East of the Wall, Postman Syndrome, Argonauts, El Drugstore, This Ship Will Sink, Black Kites and others — as the band has confirmed studio time in early November to record their debut album for the label.

After taking a fifteen-year hiatus from writing music together, Justin Hock and Thomas Schlatter — both part of the writing team behind ’90s screamo band, You And I — began laying down the framework to collaborate once again. To flesh out the outfit Schlatter and Hock recruited New Jersey musical veterans Chris Alfano and Seth Rheam, best known for their work in the progressive powerhouse East of the Wall, among many other acts, completing the lineup for NEW YORK IN 64. Completely void of vocals, the raw energy of 90’s hardcore supplied by Hock and Schlatter, mixed with the refined technical aspects of progressive metal Alfano and Rheam deliver, were like two worlds colliding, however, resulted into something that seamlessly blended the two contrary styles. While injecting the energy and enthusiasm of a basement show into a more refined musical composition, NEW YORK IN 64 attempts to harness two sides of many coins; youth and age, rawness and precision, joy and hostility.

Having already begun performing live together, NEW YORK IN 64 will enter Backroom Studios in Rockaway, New Jersey the second week of November to lay down their debut album for Magic Bullet, after which it will be set for release in early 2015. Stand by for additional postings on live actions following the trip into the studio, and watch for more info on the band’s debut recordings at the turn of the year.

For now, recent visual evidence of NEW YORK IN 64 breaking out their new jams at a very recent, energetic New Brunswick basement show has surfaced; check out a full nearly half-hour live set below.

Justin Hock – guitars
Thomas Schlatter – bass
Chris Alfano – guitars
Seth Rheam – drums