Formed in January 2018, BWQ is a four-piece band based out of Hudson County, NJ. Combining thoughtful, introspective songwriting with high-energy performances, the band has been quietly making waves in the local music community and beyond. EP1, “Crack Up,” is set to release in July of 2019.
Stream The Debut Album ‘American Ghost”
“American Ghost” (released May 2018 under Project BWQ), a collaborative concept album featuring a wide cast of musicians from the Hudson County region and a self-admittedly ambitious spread of genre and sound.
LONG FORM BIO:
BWQ -- formerly Project BWQ -- is Darryl Joo (Composition, Guitar, Vox), Max Feinstein (Guitar, Vox), Jack Breslin (Bass, Vox), and John Roccesano (Drums, Vox, Engineering).
The band met during the recording of singer-songwriter Darryl Joo’s debut album, “American Ghost” (released May 2018 under Project BWQ), a collaborative concept album featuring a wide cast of musicians from the Hudson County region and a self-admittedly ambitious spread of genre and sound.
The band continued their rise in their local scene through the end of 2017 and into 2018 with performances at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, Rockwood Music Hall, and White Eagle Hall in Jersey City.
Following the release of “American Ghost,” the band took two tours into the American South. This culminated in the recording of “Crack Up” (EP1) over four days with the Academy at Blackbird Studio in Nashville in December, 2018.
Having found a more focused, cohesive sound, they formalized the band as BWQ upon their return.
2019 has seen them back in their stomping grounds around Hoboken and Jersey City, polishing their new album and gearing up for another ambitious year of creative releases.
Upcoming Show Dates:
“Animals” Review (French)
“American Ghost” review
“Old Pain” Review
Jersey Indie Interview
“Both the song and the future album ask some questions, as the band says, and in “Animals”, these questions are wrapped up in warmth of the soft indie rock sound…”
-Grotesqualizer, on "Animals”
“ …A beautiful song has the power to transport you at the time of listening to something close to the unreal, a timeless cocoon surrounded by different sensations...
Resonating with a melancholy pop concocted with brio, BWQ arrives to effortlessly remove us from the moment an to transfer us to an elsewhere made of beautiful things. Beautiful melodies, simply a beautiful song that we invite you to discover and listen to again and again because it will give you a pleasant moment of music."
-Iggy Magazine, on “Animals”
“A sharply poignant and tastefully arranged dive into "identity and the nature of relationships, the pain of being invisible, vulnerability and paranoia, and the healing that takes place throughout the course of life", the record instantly established the band as an energetic, earnest, and thoroughly elegant genre darling. Arguably the record's most beautiful track is "Phosphene", a touching and delicate slice of chamber rock whose recently released official video captures perfectly the passion and dedication Project BWQ put into their art.”
“Bisher wurde denen relativ wenig Beachtung geschenkt. Das sollte sich allerdings ändern finde ich. Denn die Band mag zwar vielleicht etwas altbacken klingen, aber sie haben durchaus das Zeug dazu zu überraschen.”
“So far, relatively little attention has been paid to them. I believe, however, that should change. Because the band may sound a bit old-fashioned, but they certainly have what it takes to surprise.”
“The gritty Hudson County flair really comes through here. This song is almost like the incessant rumbling of the Pulaski Skyway. Bringing in elements of alternative metal and atmospheric rock with the timing and drama of movie scores, Joo has created something truly special. This composition is definitely worth a listen.”
-Rock The Pigeon, on “Old Pain