Delran, New Jersey-based pop-punk band ALL SYSTEMS GO have released another new single, “Don’t Let Me Go,” produced by Man Overboard’s Nik Bruzzese, and today we’re giving you its full presentation with the official music video and the band’s special commentary about their local alt music scene in South Jersey!
Speaking about the new track, the band says that when dealing with hardships, it’s crucial to remember that you’re never alone in what you’re facing, and it’s okay to reach out to your loved ones for help when you need it – the New Jersey-based band ALL SYSTEMS GO underlines the importance of this with their newest single, “Don’t Let Me Go”. Bassist Dean Mason took the reins with the lyrics, reflecting on a difficult time in his life and how he reached out for support at a time where he needed it most.
“The two central themes to any pop punk banger are hating your town and loving your friends, and so with this single, we decided to give loving our friends a shot. Confronting themes of personal struggle and mental wellness, Don’t Let Me Go is a story of despair and hope that reminds us to rely on the ones we care about when we need them most. I was going through a rough patch when I first came up with the lyrics, and wanted to reflect on how my support network is what gives me the strength to keep going when I feel like I have no hope left.”
“Don’t Let Me Go” provides an uplifting message to the listeners, sending a reminder that it’s okay not to be okay, and that we will always have people in our corner to help us in our times of need.
𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑆𝑜𝑢𝑡ℎ 𝐽𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑒𝑦 𝑚𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑐 𝑠𝑐𝑒𝑛𝑒 𝑖𝑠 𝑔𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑡 𝑏𝑒𝑐𝑎𝑢𝑠𝑒 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑜𝑛𝑙𝑦 𝑖𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑐 𝑔𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑡 (𝑚𝑜𝑠𝑡 𝑏𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑠 ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑣𝑎𝑟𝑖𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑒𝑚𝑜, 𝑝𝑜𝑝 𝑝𝑢𝑛𝑘, 𝑜𝑟 𝑖𝑛𝑑𝑖𝑒 𝑟𝑜𝑐𝑘) 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦 𝑏𝑎𝑛𝑑 ℎ𝑎𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑖𝑟 𝑜𝑤𝑛 𝑢𝑛𝑖𝑞𝑢𝑒 𝑠𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑.
“Very rarely do you go to a show in our area and say “this band sounds so much like [a famous band]”.” – says the band.
“The scene is also very tight knit; musicians tend to go to each other’s shows and support one another. The sense of community here is great and we think everyone has grown closer since the pandemic hit, when we first realized that we needed to adapt but also support each other.”
“When we didn’t have live music, everyone who wanted to keep their projects going thought of creative ways to stay on top of their game, whether that be live stream performances, creating content, starting podcasts and interviewing others in the scene, or curating playlists to boost everyone’s Spotify algorithm. Hell, we even took part in a 2-month backyard wiffle ball tournament that was live streamed like ESPN with a few other bands in our scene. 2022 is also going to be a great year for new music in our scene and we’re excited for it.”
Here are some solid records that you need to check out from the South Jersey scene:
Stations, by The American Standard
If you’re into heavy pop punk with lots of guitar riffs and solos, gritty vocals but also soaring choruses, you’ll really enjoy this record. Straight up we collectively think this has to be one of the best albums to come out of the local scene. The Am Stand is from our hometown but we only just connected in 2020 right before everything shut down. We’re glad we got the chance to though and we can’t wait to share the stage again this spring (spoiler alert).
Moments Before, the Wind, by Sweep Echo
We’ve been show-friends with these guys for a long time and their frontman Dan Holden is one of our best friends. This EP has 3 songs in a weird guitar tuning but they all seem to flawlessly blend together in the best way possible. This record starts with an instrumental cover, then a song inspired by the book ‘House of Leaves’ and finishes with a song Dan wrote that’s lyrically based on the works of director Mike Flanagan (Haunting of Hill House/Bly Manor). All of it is super deep and spooky but a great listen.
Ellen, by Driving Underwater
This EP is straight up fun to listen to and sing along to at shows. DU brands themselves as ‘whatevercore’ but it’s fitting; any fans of punk rock, emo, pop punk or prog rock would definitely enjoy this EP as it has all of those genres’ vibes in just 3 songs. Will, Rob, and G are all very talented musicians and they have an album coming out sometime this year that we’re really looking forward to hearing.