82Fifty celebrates new CD single
If you're a fan of local surf rockers 82Fifty and were expecting a new album in 2011 — keep waiting.
Rest assured, however, that lead singer/manager Jessie Campania and the rest of the guys are working on it. It's just that real life (i.e. money, and the lack of it) keeps getting in the way.
82Fifty Single Release Party
» Where: Tropics Cafe Bar & Grill, 1020 Auahi St.
» When: 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24
» Cost: $10
» Info: www.facebook.com/82fifty
"Everybody's been asking for it," Campania acknowledged earlier this week. "But we're doing everything independent, so we have to come up with all the money ourselves. It's expensive, and we're mainly getting money (for recording) from gigs and saving it, so it's a process.
"It's taking a bit longer than it should, but it is what it is. It's a struggle."
In the meantime, the band was able to get into the studio this year and record two tracks ("Once Again" and "Bad Dream") that have been pressed up and are ready to distribute to fans. 82Fifty will celebrate with a CD single release party tomorrow, Sept. 24, at Tropics Cafe Bar & Grill.
"We really wanted to get the second album going, but it's taking too long, so we decided to release the single," said Campania. "This is an in-between release so we can get everyone's attention again."
Campania added that while there is a definite lack of rock radio support (the biggest push they've gotten was from Phat Joe of reggae station Island 98.5, he said), the local scene is actually enjoying a bit of a resurgence, thanks to increased gig opportunities at venues like Anna O'Brien's, Kemoo Farms Pub and Lakeside Lanai, Rock Bottom Bar & Grill and Hawaiian Brian's Billiards. Fans still have options when it comes to enjoying live music, and 82Fifty keeps pressing forward despite the difficulty in raising enough funds to record more songs.
"When we first came out, it was difficult to play at different shows," Campania said. "But it seems right now that the scene is opening up. … Venues are a little more open-minded, and to see that change is exciting."
It's going to take a while for 82Fifty to make enough money from gigs to get back into the studio — Campania said he expects the new album to be done "after summertime" of next year — but fans should enjoy the tease the band will serve up live for the first time this weekend. The two new songs represent the sound fans know them for, but will also push the envelope a bit.
"We do a lot of different styles. We have that reggae feel, but we also have some hard-hitting heavy rock sounds," said Campania. "On 'Once Again,' it's that surf rock kind of vibe, but there's a distortion part that hits really hard. 'Bad Dream' has an oldies feel to it. The way we made it, it's got a Weezer-slash-Beatles vibe. Kinda weird, right?
"That's us, though. It's cool."
Want to take a listen? Campania was generous enough to share both tracks with Pulse readers (see below), and added that everyone who pays the $10 cover at Tropics will receive a complimentary copy of the CD single.
Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
82Fifty - "Once Again"[audio: http://www.honolulupulse.com/wp-content/audio/20110923_82fifty_OnceAgain.mp3]
82Fifty - "Bad Dream"[audio: http://www.honolulupulse.com/wp-content/audio/20110923_82fifty_baddream.mp3]