Personnel: Glenn Mercer (vocals, guitar, organ, percussion); Michael Carlucci (vocals, guitar); Stanley Demeski (drums, percussion); Rob Norris (background vocals).
Recording information: Pigeon Club and Boat Studios.
The debut LP of New Jersey's East of Venus bears the weight of expectations and the liberation of experienced musicians just having a good time playing together, as they have privately for a decade. Consisting of members of alt luminaries the Feelies, Luna, and Winter Hours, as well as the Bongos, the quartet presents a collection of seven jangly original tunes along with covers of the Rolling Stones, Tim Hardin, and the lesser-known "Jane September" by Red Buckets. Sadly, bandmember Michael Carlucci, formerly of Winter Hours, passed away in late 2015, so Memory Box will stand as a one-time offering from the lineup of Carlucci, Stanley Demeski, Glenn Mercer, and Rob Norris. ~ Marcy Donelson