Julian Fulton and the Zombie Gospel
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Julian Fulton and the Zombie Gospel

Asbury Park, NJ | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Asbury Park, NJ | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
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"An Interview With Julian Fulton: Bringing His Zombies Back To Life"

He is known best for his amalgamation of vintage rock ‘n’ roll with today’s current experimental indie-rock landscape, as well as his painfully genuine songwriting. Judging from his last three EPs, it seems that Fulton is not one who is afraid to experiment or pigeonhole himself to any specific decade or genre. - The Aquarian


"From The Editor's Desk"

The songwriting is melodic, beautiful, and moving, and the DIY production remains gorgeously lush throughout. I was a fan before; now I'm impressed. - The Jersey Beat


"Jersey Rock Showcase: Julian Fulton and the Zombie Gospel"

Alone on stage with nothing more than an acoustic guitar and microphone, Julian Fulton is nothing short of a musical beast. His performances have a unique energy that can easily captivate any audience. His well-crafted lyrics and musical compositions are truly something to behold. - WRAT 95.9


"Best of NYC 2015"

Imaginative and whimsical, New Jersey's Julian Fulton plays a brand of DIY pop that flirts with the classics of psychedelia, while bringing his own voice, stories and production to the picture. A picture that's as multifaceted as it's enjoyable. - The Deli Magazine


"Exclusive: Interview with Julian Fulton and the Zombie Gospel"

Rock and roll may have changed over the decades, but groups like Julian Fulton and the Zombie Gospel out of New Jersey are keeping it alive and well. - AXS


"NYC Year End Poll: Julian Fulton tops the chart"

Julian Fulton might be New Jersey's answer to boyish lo-fi charm. Along with harmonies supported by his Zombie Gospel, the artist croons his way over bouncing piano lines, feedbacking guitar lines, and self-effacing lyrics that only makes his music sound even larger for its tortured honesty. - The Deli Magazine


"Julian Fulton and the Zombie Gospel: Practiced"

Julian Fulton and the Zombie Gospel are one of these bands whose inherent ability caused me to question their authenticity... [They] are one of the bands that have been holed up in rehearsal for a long time. You can tell by the way the songs are, you know, accomplished. - A New Band A Day


"Live and Local Music"

These are the types of sounds -- that blend of Spoon, Fleet Foxes and Vampire Weekend -- that transcend bands like this past parking lot parties and into the grassy goodness of The Coachella Festival. - The Trentonian


"Premiere: Motivation and Moxie in Julian Fulton's "Howl""

Hope is an easy thing to lose and a hard thing to find. When the wall is too high or the odds are stacked against you, it helps to know that other people believe in you – that others exist who want you to succeed and achieve. Julian Fulton’s song “Howl” is an invigorating song of hope and steadfast determination that seeks to rekindle the extinguished flame, and help it burn bright once more.

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Howl,” the lead single off Julian Fulton’s upcoming genre-bending fourth EP Battered Receptions (out May 12th via self-release.) The New Jersey songwriter and multi-instrumentalist takes an admirably creative approach to his music, incorporating multiple musical styles into a very unique and easily identifiable brand of indie rock. His voice is overdriven, the electric guitar slams at the same time as the organ, and a mid-song breakdown offers a clean electric guitar solo. In an increasingly homogenous musical landscape, Fulton somehow makes it look easy to be original.

While they are at times masked by too much overdrive, Fulton’s lyrics tell a story of perseverance and persistence. “‘Howl’ is a call to arms to both the beaten and the apathetic to make themselves heard, no matter how insurmountable the corruption or opposition appears, or how pointless it seems,” explains the artist.

“Howl” finds Fulton engaged in a conversation with Paul, who questions x, y, and z – forcing Fulton to respond forcefully and pointedly. “What’s the point in praying when things keep staying the way they are now?,” Paul asks in the second verse. He represents a necessary conduit that allows Fulton to full engage the beleaguered, tired audience to which he directs his words. It’s an admirable message, and one that is certainly worth a fuller roundtable discussion.

As far as humans are concerned, apathy is entropy: The enemy of progress, and submission to chaos. When we stop trying, we are done – our lights wither and our posts vanish. Yet who among us has not given up on something, because of too many pitfalls or setbacks? We are all prone to seeking the easy solution when the other options are just too hard. In those cases, we need someone like Julian Fulton to be the coach by our side, shouting at us to power through the pain.

Once again, this is far easier than done. The in-group motioning to the out-group is only motivational if the out-group is looking to accept such advice; otherwise, it’s just pandering. Yet Fulton casts such a wide net, and his drives feel so genuine, that you truly want the artist to break through the noise and affect change. Where there are those who are disadvantaged, forgotten, or who have lost their hope, let Julian Fulton’s inspiring words ring there the loudest: They are the ones who need it most.

Maybe you’re in the middle of a workout and you need that one extra rep; maybe you’re in a dead-end job and you need to escape; maybe you’ve been jaded one to many times to vote, or you’ve lost the will to self-identify as an ‘activist’. “Howl” is a motivating force for all occasions, straight from the belly of the beast, with a simple and clear message: Don’t give up.

Or as another New Jersey native once wrote, no escape, baby, no surrender. - Atwood Magazine


"Interview: Julian Fulton Announces New EP + Shares New Single "Howl""

Hailing from the great Garden State, multi-talented songwriter Julian Fulton is naturally imbued with both the strong work ethic and diverse cultural influences of the area. Taking time to regroup after his band The Zombie Gospel went on hiatus, Fulton started playing out solo, honing his sound and songwriting process along the way.

Now, Fulton is set to return with a new batch of tunes in the form of the Battered Receptions EP out May 12th via self-release. To go along with a stream of the EP’s first single, “Howl,” GroundSounds sent some questions over to Fulton to learn more about him and his forthcomign release. - GroundSounds


"Julian Fulton Unveils Protest Song "Howl""

Julian Fulton’s new track from his forthcoming EP, 'Battered Receptions,' is an experimental call to arms for the marginalized in the face of an oppressive national administration. His fuzzy take on what might amount to revival rock serves as the perfect vehicle for much needed protest music in 2017. The track's main goal is combatting apathy in the face of seemingly unstoppable forces. Its opening lines beg the question: “What’s the point in fighting when the writing’s already on the wall?”. An assertive answer appears in the chorus: “It’s not a trick, it’s not a script, it’s not TV / It’s your real life, open your eyes, they’re trying to keep you in the streets”. Fulton’s vocal delivery is angry and combative, emulating the reaction he’d like listeners to have. He wants you riled up, he wants you ready to fight, he wants you to care even when it seems like caring is useless. Julian Fulton has three shows in NJ coming up, the first one of the series will be at Asbury Park Music Foundation on April 19th. - The Deli Magazine


"Satisfying Psyche Avalanche from Julian Fulton [Premiere]"

Garden State troubadour Julian Fulton has been keeping busy since his band The Zombie Gospel went on hiatus. The down time has allowed Fulton a chance to internalize several years of tri-state area touring and pare down his dynamic songwriting to a sharp dose of indie afrobeat psych rock. Fulton’s 3rd homespun EP exhibits his strongest work to date and we are excited to bring his lead-off single ‘Rosie’s Disposition’ to the world via this exclusive premiere. The song starts with an avalanche of words and disembodied arpeggios that effortlessly click into place once the drums roll in. It’s a quirky and satisfying introduction to his latest genre-bending vision, the Battered Receptions EP, due out May 12th. - The Wild Honey Pie


"Track-By-Track: Julian Fulton"

New Jersey’s Julian Fulton has the kind of voice that can bend and mould to almost any instrumentation. It doesn’t lose its urgency though; instead it finds its place through clever inflection that allows a forthright execution that’s candid but confident. This confidence seeps through the entirety of new EP Battered Receptions, which sees Fulton push himself out of his usual comfort zone, producing both poignant and peppy tracks that despite their differences, find themselves at home through Fulton’s ability to express a story with ease.

The EP soars with the dynamic “Rosie’s Disposition” before dipping down to the hushed surroundings of “A Familiar Kind of Unknown”, with first track “Howl” proving Fulton’s knack for diving in at the deep end. You can hear the full EP below alongside Fulton’s track-by-track guide. - GoldFlakePaint


"Julian Fulton, "Rosie's Disposition""

After picking up some considerable heat with his band The Zombie Gospel down in the revived Asbury Park scene, songwriter Julian Fulton took some time to focus inward as real world developments led the group to separate as then constituted. This included Fulton playing out consistently as a solo performer for the first time which pushed him out of his comfort zone with the results on the songwriting side now beginning to bear tangible fruit.

Fulton has just released his first fully realized EP since that period, Battered Receptions, with standout single “Rosie’s Disposition” serving as an instantly loveable piece of indie-pop-rock. “True virtue resides within the lies you tell yourself to sleep at night,” Fulton sings as he implores a friend to get out of the suburbs.

The artist shares that the song, “is about feeling caged, trying to convince yourself you’re happy until finally running off in pursuit of something substantially more fulfilling.” - Impose Magazine


Discography

Battered Receptions (EP, 2017)
Another Tattoo (Single, 2015)
Noise (EP, 2015)
Reverie (EP, 2015)
Two Little Thieves (Single, 2013)
Heart & Arms (EP, 2012)

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"The New Jersey songwriter and multi-instrumentalist takes an admirably creative approach to his music, incorporating multiple musical styles into a very unique and easily identifiable brand of indie rock... In an increasingly homogenous musical landscape, Fulton somehow makes it look easy to be original." -Atwood Magazine

"Dynamic songwriting... [A] sharp dose of indie afrobeat psych rock." -The Wild Honey Pie

"Julian Fulton has the kind of voice that can bend and mould to almost any instrumentation. It doesn’t lose its urgency though; instead it finds its place through clever inflection that allows a forthright execution that’s candid but confident... [Produces] both poignant and peppy tracks that despite their differences, find themselves at home through Fulton’s ability to express a story with ease." -GoldFlakePaint

"Rock and roll may have changed over the decades, but groups like Julian Fulton and the Zombie Gospel are keeping it alive and well." -AXS

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