JESSE MALIN AND THE ST. MARKS SOCIAL
“BURNING THE BOWERY”
May 28, 2010
Greetings everybody, it’s Andy Gesner from HIP Video Promo, here to share a brand new clip from a Downtown Manhattan stalwart putting out the best music of his long and varied career. “As a straight-up rock & roll poet and songwriter, he’s as fine as they come”. That’s not us waving the flag for Jesse Malin — that’s Thom Jurek in the All-Music Guide. In a four-and-a-half star rave review of Love It To Life, Jurek compares the new set favorably to Springsteen, Lou Reed, and Mitch Ryder, and testifies to its fire, romance, and swagger. He’s not alone: Alternative Press writes that “the album is full of highlights, and Malin has never sounded better”
And that’s saying something. Anybody familiar with the story of New York punk rock knows all about Malin, whose imprint on the Downtown underground has been as big as anybody’s. He’s been fronting seminal Manhattan punk bands since he was thirteen years old. Heart Attack, Malin’s first group, practically introduced hardcore punk to the Big Apple. As the frontman and principal songwriter of D Generation, Malin shared stages with KISS and The Ramones, and provided a gritty, hedonistic, glammed-up counterweight to the poker-faced monster rock was then becoming. D Generation’s success prefigured the garage rock revival in New York City, and No Lunch, their 1996 release, is now considered a genuine Lower East Side classic. On his own, Malin has worked with Ryan Adams, Jakob Dylan, and The Boss himself, and recorded solo albums of blinding intensity and uncommon commitment.
Love It To Life, his latest release, is an encapsulation of his entire journey so far. Here you’ll find raucous punk and anthemic rock, succinct, poetic lyrics and gritty New York fairytales, impassioned vocal performances, stinging six-string, and big, relentless beats. Lead single “Burning The Bowery” might not be autobiographical — but this tale of the punk rock rabble-rouser who, no matter how far he travels, continually finds himself back on the same dirty Manhattan streets sure has the ring of truth to it. The chorus is a rambunctious celebration of life; a frenzied shout-along that pays tribute to the Bowery and the indestructible spirit of the city.
If you, too, like New York, you’re going to love the clip for “Burning The Bowery”. This isn’t a tourist’s documentary: this footage of New York could only have been captured by a true local. We’re shown the corner bodegas, the giant boomboxes on rusted tenement fire escapes, the street lamp light on cracked pavement, and, best of all, Jesse Malin and The St. Marks Social crammed into a Downtown club, singing their hearts out. This is terrain he knows well — indeed, Malin owns two respected rock clubs on the Lower East Side — and he brings it to life for the viewer with exceptional ease.
Big props to Side One Dummy for bringing us this hard hitting new clip. We’re stoked to be a part of th Jesse Malin team and are here to hook you up with copies of Love It To Life for your on-air giveaway needs. If you need more info, call Andy Gesner at 732-613-1779 or e-mail us at [email protected],. You can also visit www.SideOneDummy.com, orwww.JesseMalin.com to find out more about Jesse Malin & The St. Marks Social.
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