“When we bought a bunch of these CDs, we forgot that nobody uses them. I talked to my friend and she was like, ‘My laptop doesn’t have a CD player'” – Stolen Jars‘ Molly Grund.
Arlene’s Grocery is a small, quaint breeding ground for up and coming bands. It’s not quite Cheers, but it is a place where you can feel comfortable. It’s the right mix of intimate vs confined. The hometown-esque bar is a starter kit for bands to hone their skills and build a local following. These are the types of places where the grit and connections are built. Montclair, New Jersey’s Stolen Jars played a headlining set to great fanfare on the night of the release of their album, Kept. The album itself is perfect for those Friday nights where you just want to relax and truly go down the rabbit hole of the music, and the band’s performance reinforced that.
Stolen Jars’ arrangements are intricate and beautiful, specifically the layered guitar playing of Cody Fitzgerald coupled with the vocals of Molly Grund. I credit Stolen Jars for the fact that while their music is very intricate, it’s still inviting to the ear of a listener who may not be familiar with the band. This was my first time seeing them live and it didn’t feel like it was new to me. From a band’s perspective, that is a hugely beneficial trait. If you’re in the market for a new band to check out, Stolen Jars might be right up your alley.