The New Students, a Bellport/Brookha- ven-based band, is offering online live music in a series called “Quarantunes”
The New Students, a Bellport/Brookhaven-based band, is offering online live music in a series called “Quarantunes” while they are unable to perform during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The group is unable to play gigs or even be together due to quarantine and social distancing rules, but they have begun to use the app Acapella to record individually and combine their parts to make up a band presence. The app is free to download with optional paid features.
“Our goal was to try to give people a little lift and a sense of community connection, as well as something small to look forward to every day, delivered straight to their inbox [or on social media],” said New Students vocalist Justin Flagg. “It’s also a great way for us as a band to stay connected with each other and help ourselves get through this tough time.”
Their daily releases can be found on their YouTube channel and on Facebook. You can also sign up for their email list on their website, www.thenewstudents.com, to get the videos delivered to your inbox. The songs are a mix of originals and covers. You can watch covers of classics like Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” and The Proclaimers’ “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles). You can also jam to one of their timely original songs, “Farewell,” written about social distancing.
The New Students perform original songs in an eclectic blend of folk, roots, bluegrass and Americana traditions, according to their website. They’ve recorded three live albums over their decade-long lifespan and perform often on Long Island and in New York City.