For Bellmore's The Narrative, getting picked to play last year's CMJ Music Marathon felt like validation.
"It was an achievement," says singer-keyboardist Suzie Zeldin. "Finally, someone let us play CMJ."
In the year since their CMJ debut, The Narrative has released its eponymous debut, gone on national tours and heard its music used on several MTV shows. And now, The Narrative is ready to play the festival again, hoping the indie-popsters will continue their momentum.
"There are so many things to distract people in New York," says Zeldin, adding that The Narrative will play two shows this year, The Big Picture Media Showcase at the Bowery Poetry Club on Tuesday and The Gramercy Theatre on Wednesday. "But with CMJ, so many people spend a week focusing intensely on music - both the music that's coming here and the music that's made here. We hope it'll get us some more exposure."
The Narrative is part of a large Long Island contingent looking to get more exposure at CMJ this year, including:
The Bogmen - The Long Island heroes will bring their classics and songs from their upcoming album to the Mercury Lounge (11 p.m. Tuesday and 9 p.m. Saturday) and The Rock Shop (9 p.m. Thursday).
Car Bomb - The Rockville Centre progressive metal band revs up new material at Europa (8 p.m. Wednesday).
Mike Del Rio - The Franklin Square native brings his catchy pop and indie sensibilities to The Delancey (8:45 p.m. Tuesday).
Hoodie Allen - The promising, pop-leaning Long Island rapper takes his infectious rhymes to Sullivan Hall (10:30 p.m. Friday).
Lights Resolve - The Lawrence band is leaning heavier on rock these days, testing out new material at Ace of Clubs (11 p.m. Thursday).
Patent Pending - Long Island's favorite pop-punks will play songs from the new "I'm Not Alone" CD at The Delancey (9:20 p.m. Friday).
Revolutionary Kids - The Long Island pop trio has wrapped up work on a new album and will showcase some new songs at Sullivan Hall (6:30 p.m. Saturday).
The Twees - The Long Island indie rockers bring their catchy sound to The Charleston (10:15 p.m. Friday).