The year was 1995. A band named Boxcar sprung onto the south and central New Jersey punk scene, and had the kids screaming "where the fuck have you been all of this time?". Catchy, raw, fun, pop/punk is one thing they dished out well. They were a staple in the NJPP (New Jersey Pop Punk) scene and played shows almost every weekend with bands like Bigwig, Go Real Slow, and my band SWG, among many others. For a while Boxcar and SWG played almost every show together. We were like brother bands. Man those were good times. Times that I reflect on often, and smile about. As a matter of fact, Boxcar frontman Derek Burgess is the person who adorned me my punk rock namesake "Steve Neurotic". But that is a story left for another day. The original lineup consisted of Derek on Vox/Guitars, Chris Newman on Bass, and Jay Battle on drums. The Boxcar photos in this post are from that original lineup. In 1996 Battle left and Bnuts took over on drums for the rest of the bands duration.
Fast forward 4 years to 2000. Boxcar disbands (along with SWG, oddly enough)... and a chill period is taken. Then in 2005, Derek, and veteran Boxcar drummer Bnuts form the band BurnWest. Sadly I don't have any stories to tell about them as I had left Jersey that year... but I can tell you that with age comes some of Burgess's best song writing to date. If you were a fan of Boxcar, you can't not like BurnWest. They were around until 2008. Another band, come and gone... well before their time. These 2 bands touched the lives of many and surely will remain a memory for many people, for many years to come.
Included in this zip below: From Boxcar, their 7" release, and some exclusive tracks from CD compilations. From BurnWest is their 3 song demo. Enjoy!