Arts & Entertainment

Press Releases

Local Band "Splittree" Release 2nd Album

Credits: Splittree
Credits: Mozu Records
Credits: Splittree

CRANFORD, NJ - Local Cranford band Splittree, made up of Cranford High graduates, released their sophomore album, Asleep Behind the Wheel on November 17th. The group, comprised of Tom Stoke (18), John Anclien (19), Kean MacLelland (19), and Alex Codella (19) released the album through Mozu Records, an independent label based in New Haven, CT. The new album marks the second full-length release from the band in 2015, and is the follow up to their debut album Mind Tricks, which was released March 3rd of this year.

            “The response to Mind Tricks was overwhelming,” says guitarist Alex Codella. “Once we saw the growth from the first album, we wanted to get back into the studio. Two albums in one year may seem like a lot, but the songs on Mind Tricks weren’t brand new material if fans had followed us for a while. Every song on Asleep Behind the Wheel is brand new just for this album.”

            The band, who write original, alternative and rock music spent June through August recording the new, 12-song album, Asleep Behind the Wheel, and worked with industry professionals for the mastering, production and distribution. “For example, we had the opportunity to have a great producer and friend, Stefano Bonzi, from LA based BonziRecording, work on vocals for this record,” says Tom Stoke.

Sign Up for E-News

            This is the band’s first album to be released through the Mozu Records, whom the band signed with on October 16. Mozu Records will also re-release the band’s debut album.

“Chelsea (Stay Tuned),” an upbeat song with a mix of clean and overdriven guitars, but a softer sound for the group, was the first single from the new record, which the band released on November 3rd.

            “This record is interesting because it shows the progression of our sound which has developed even over a few months,” drummer John Anclien adds. “We have some hard rock songs, which are newer to our style, but still keep the Mind Tricks flair in a lot of the other tunes.”

            “We now have two albums and numerous other songs that we haven’t recorded under our belt,” says singer and guitarist Kean MacLelland. “Our next step is to support this album and our debut by touring, just playing as many shows as possible, radio spins, and any means of promotion. We are fortunate now because we have a distribution deal and management backing. We have come along way in just a few months.”

            The new album once again features guitarist Alex Codella, this time as a full-time member, and also appearances by Luke Langone of Nothing Personal. This will also be the last album to include Tom Stoke as a member, as he announced his departure in late September. Over 300 hours had been put into recording, mixing, and mastering. Recording took place at Studio 108 in Cranford, NJ.


Twitter: @SplittreeBand

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Union County Democratic Committee Elects New Chair

February 22, 2018

CLARK, NJ – The vote for the Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) chairmanship came to a conclusion Wednesday night when 748 committee members from the county’s 21 municipalities descended on the Gran Centurions in Clark to vote for their new party leader.

State Senator Nick Scutari won with a 412-341 victory over Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr in a battle that had become ...

Filthy, dangerous conditions, theft and assault alleged at recently-opened Newark shelter

February 13, 2018

Newark, NJ—Antoinette Jackson, Sonya Webb and Andrea Eaddy sit in a McDonald’s on a cold winter morning, not far from the homeless shelter they currently call home.

During the day, they count on places like McDonald's to stay warm. They must leave the shelter at 7 a.m. and can only return after 4 p.m., even when temperatures drop below freezing.

When the ...

Clark's CityMD Urgent Care Shares Flu Survey

CLARK, NJ - As flu season is in full gear and the probability of catching the flu is a real concern, a majority of Americans admit to taking actions that may contribute to the spread of this highly contagious virus.  According to a recent survey, roughly three out of five Americans who have had the flu or flu-like symptoms (61%) admitted to being out and about the last time they ...

Cranford Endorses Colleen Mahr

February 19, 2018

Mayor Colleen Mahr has been a valuable friend to the Township of Cranford. Whether it’s offering advice and assistance during devastating flood cleanup, supporting the Mayor's Council on the Rahway River, or her insight and assistance in meeting our affordable housing obligations--Mayor Mahr is always there for Cranford.

Colleen’s fairness and integrity is beyond reproach.

Reminder: Free Wellness Program for Union County Military Women

February 23, 2018

All Union County women with military service – veterans, active duty and reserve – are invited to join “Boots 2 Heels,” a free event designed to foster wellness and connect women with resources and guidance for empowerment. Boots 2 Heels will be held on Saturday, February 24 at the Westfield Armory, located at 500 Rahway Avenue in Westfield.

The event is free but ...

Cranford Police Blotter: Multiple Drug-Related Arrests & More

February 20, 2018

The information provided does not represent the total scope of police activity. Individuals charged as a result of police investigations are merely an accusation. All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

1. 02/14/2018 @ 2226 hrs.

Raritan Road and Coleman Avenue

Arrested: Kevin Johnson, 60, Plainfield

Arrested by: Jason D’Agostino

Charges: Possession of ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, February 24, 1:00 PM

Westfield Area YMCA, Westfield

Free Kids Expo and Water Safety Event

Arts & Entertainment Health & Wellness

Sun, February 25, 11:15 AM

Trinity Episcopal Church (Sherlock Hall), Cranford

Seamen’s Church Institute Fundraiser & Collection ...

Food & Drink Giving Back Religions And Spirituality

Thu, March 1, 1:15 PM

Calvary Lutheran Church, Cranford

Calvary Lutheran Church Invites You to Mid-Week ...

Religions And Spirituality

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...

The Definition of Insanity

February 21, 2018

Dear Editor:

There is a quote, attributed to various people, including Albert Einstein that states, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”, that is fitting for our current election for Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) chair.

There is no shortage of polling data related to the functioning of our Federal, ...