Jersey City-based rock band The Milwaukees, one of the last bands invited to perform at the Hoboken club Maxwell’s before it closed in 2013, will return to the club, which is now under new ownership and called Maxwell’s Tavern, on Thursday.
The appearance is part of a showcase organized by the venerable rock fanzine Jersey Beat, run by NJArts.net contributor Jim Testa. It is also, though, an opportunity for the band to celebrate its upcoming digital EP Vasectomies, which it will be sending, at no charge, to fans on its mailing list.
Vasectomies features outtakes from the sessions for the Milwaukees albums American Anthems, vol. 1 (2007) and American Anthems, vol. 2 (2011).
“The EP title is intended as a double entendre,” explains Milwaukees guitarist Jeff Nordstedt in an email. “On one hand these are the songs that ‘got cut.’ On the other hand, since we released AAv2 we had 6 kids between us (bringing the total to 7). It was a struggle to gig, write, or record and our output and visibility dipped. But as our kids have gotten a little older, and as we have tasted what it is like to not have music making at the core of what we do, the title is really a wink and a nod to our fans that says, ‘We’re done making babies and it is time to get back to business.’ ”
The band is planning to release a new album in the fall.
Eastern Anchors and Bastards of Melody will also perform on Thursday.