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Liam Brown is one of Hoboken’s most prolific musical mercenaries. Coming to the area by way of Ireland, he has long been a fixture in the local music scene.
“I certainly am privileged to play with some great musicians here in the area,” says Brown, who plays in a diverse, if not eclectic array of bands. “Although the genres seem worlds apart—Gold N Brown being an Irish Music band, Lil Joe & The ill Picards having an old skool hip hop/Jamband vibe, and then The Pounds being all originals—they are actually all very similar. Irish music is enriched with storytelling, which can also be said about old skool hip hop. If you mash ’em together, I think you kinda get Liam Brown & The Pounds.”
Celebrating the release of a brand new EP, “Sound As A Pound,” Liam Brown and the Pounds will be taking the stage at Maxwell’s this Saturday.
“I’m very excited about ‘Sound As A Pound,'” says Brown. “Each song is so different from the next, yet they don’t stray far from what has become The Pounds’ sound. Each member of the band brings their own personality to the songs. Chuck Tumulty (drums) and I are in Gold N Brown together and Jaime DeJesus (Bass) are in Lil Joe & The ill Picards together. Add Mr. [Dave] Entwistle (Guitar) to the mix and you get this sort of Urban Jam Rock with a splash of Jameson sound.”
The album was produced by Entwistle, whom Brown met years back at an open mic at Northern Soul. “What really sticks out on ‘Sound As A Pound’ is that it sounds live—as it should, since we recorded it live at Water Music Studios. You actually feel like you’re hearing the band in front of you, rather than on a CD or iPhone.”
To truly hear the band live, stop by Maxwell’s (1039 Washington Street) this Saturday night, as they share the stage with high-powered blues/rock bands Little Rusty and King Nectar, followed DJ Marcus Marvelous.
Doors open at 8:00.