Angus: Face the Day
New Jersey's Black Potatoe Records has spearheaded a grassroots movement in the rock industry since incorporating in 1997 by spotlighting the best local talent in Hunterdon County, NJ. (The misspelled "Potatoe" is intentional, inspired by Dan Qualye's infamous gaffe.) The label's founding group, Angus, performs folk-rock in the vein of the Band, Guster, and the Grateful Dead. The group's lineup consists of founder and bandleader Matthew Angus of Clinton, NJ, on rhythm guitar and vocals, Kim Williams (piano, Hammond B3 organ, flute, violin, vocals), John Davies (bass), Jamie Coan (violin, lead guitar, mandolin), Megan Ernakovich (piano, vocals), and Dave Becker (drums). The group's 2000 CD, Face the Day, offers organ-drenched mid-tempo folk-rock songs alongside slow, introspective country-rock ballads. Levon Helm of the Band appeared on the funky tune "That Night."
The group followed up with its second CD, Outstanding in Their Field, in 1999. Angus has also released two EPs: Angus EP and Fall Out. Angus launched a website at
www.angusmusic.com in 2000.
Face the Day received national distribution through Borders Books and Music Cafe. Angus' October 15, 2000 concert at House of Blues in Cambridge, MA, was webcast live on
on January 30, 2001, and then entered the site's archive on February 1, 2001.
Angus - Face the Day - 2000 - Black Potatoe Records BPR0017