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- Posted on Nov 13th 2009 3:30PM by Jason Cohen
Clearly, professionalism was another talent that Jay Weinberg picked up from his father, Max Weinberg of Bruce Springsteen and Conan O'Brien fame. At 18, the younger Weinberg joined the Reveling; nine months later, he also started playing in the E Street Band whenever Dad was busy doing 'The Tonight Show.'
"It's definitely interesting to compare the two," Jay Weinberg says. "With the E Street Band, it's like you're travelling with a nation -- 200-plus people. Then with the Reveling, you hop in the van and your tour personnel is four -- just us. It's cool."
On their website, the Reveling note that they call Brooklyn home but have a "much grittier, working-class quality than fellow New Yorkers," which may as well be code for, "not the sort of Brooklyn band you hear about on Pitchfork." But if they're nowhere near the biggest or most trendy band in New York City, they're certainly the only one whose drummer plays both the Knitting Factory (where the Reveling opened for A Wilhelm Scream recently) and Giants Stadium (where Jay took over from his Dad for on Oct. 9).
Their new EP, '3D Radio,' was self-produced, with vocals getting done in Kramer's Brooklyn apartment and the rhythm tracks laid down at Jay's -- which is to say, his parents' -- house. It's a brighter, tighter batch of songs than what the Reveling had out on MySpace and their website before Weinberg joined. While his style in the Reveling is still pretty firmly bash-it-out, there's no doubt playing in the E Street Band had an effect.
"It's taught me to work with dynamics more," Weinberg says. "As the drummer for the E Street Band, you need to really be able to digest a lot of different styles of drumming, and the more ways you can apply that to drumming for the E Street Band, the more ways you can apply that to all the ways you drum. I definitely bring that back to playing in the Reveling."
'3D Radio' is now available on iTunes, CD Baby and Interpunk.