Hammonton’s Ace Enders relishes 20 years of The Early November
VINCENT JACKSON For the press
Ace Enders, lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of Hammonton-based pop-punk band The Early November, finds himself looking back and forward as he celebrates the 20th anniversary of his band’s first national release.
To commemorate the anniversary, Enders and drummer Jeff Kummer took the time to examine The Early November’s past by listening to every song the ensemble has ever recorded that never found a place on one. of their five full-length studio albums or their three extended releases.
The Early November paved the way for their future not only by releasing a bunch of old tracks, but by releasing a new album called “Twenty,” which features seven re-recorded old songs and three completely new tracks.
“You never forget that energy. It’s easy to keep it young,” Enders, 40, said of re-recording some songs that were 20 years old.
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“Twenty” was released on October 14 by Pure Noise Records. He promoted the album with a 20th anniversary tour with Enders and Kummer backed by a second touring guitarist and bassist. The tour kicks off Wednesday at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park.
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On tour, The Early November attracts its biggest crowds in major cities. Enders looks forward to concerts in San Antonio; Orlando Florida; Philadelphia Cream; New York and Chicago.
Pure Noise is the third record label in the band’s 20-year history.
“We almost know someone everywhere,” Enders said of the various record labels around the country. “I like what they (Pure Noise) have done with a few other bands in our genre.”
Enders still lives and loves Hammonton, but he moved his recording studio last year to Ocean City. The studio is just four blocks from the beach.
“It’s easy to find rooms here and find food,” Enders said of hosting visiting musicians whose songs he produces in his studio. “It’s a creative atmosphere.”
Half of “Twenty” was recorded in Hammonton, the other half in Ocean City.
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The original recordings that served as the basis for the re-recorded songs on “Twenty” were performed by the quintet version of The Early November, which also featured lead guitarist Bill Lugg, bassist Sergio Anello, and keyboardist and guitarist Joseph Marro.
Kummer plays drums and Enders can be heard on vocals, guitars, bass and keyboards on the re-recorded tracks.
“I’m primarily a guitarist, so I’m very picky about tone and textures. There are so many possibilities,” Enders said.
Enders are in better spirits now than when The Early November released their last full album, “Lilac,” in 2019. The band lost their label rep when “Lilac” was released by Rise Records, based in Los Angeles.
“There was uncertainty about what the future was really going to look like,” Enders said.
Even though “Twenty” has just been released, The Early November is working on brand new music, which should be released in the fall of next year, Enders said. This will be the second of the band’s two-album deal with Pure Noise.
“It will be very different. It will be cool, a good listen,” Enders said.