December 28, 2018:

Oceanside’s Charlie Parks, is the singer and guitarist of Lubricoma. The hard rock band’s second EP, Holy Ghosts, will be released on December 29, and will be celebrated during the “Rock Against Cancer” party at Revolution Bar in Amityville.

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The release party will double as a benefit fundraiser for 1in9, a nonprofit that has been fighting cancer since 1990 and operates the Hewlett House, a resource center for cancer patients and their families.

The connection to the nonprofit is fitting, as Holy Ghosts explores themes similar to those affected — like loneliness, judgment, forgiveness and romance. But where the subject matter could easily lend itself to mere anthems for the downtrodden, Lubricoma’s musical approach is energetic and even uplifting at times – from Parks’ vocal range to the crushing, masterful guitar work and colorful keyboard touches.

“I think the key to our sound is a rawness that we try and let shine through beyond any production,” said Parks, a 2003 Oceanside High School graduate and current South Shore resident. All five members, he added, reside on Long Island. “We’re a rock band, but within that there’s so much you can do and so many places you can go. It may be heavy or loud and can also get more intimate and minimal.”

Since the band’s start, 11 years ago, Lubricoma has performed across Long Island, opening for national and international rock bands including Alien Ant Farm, and members of Guns ‘n’ Roses and Soulfly. These hard rock influences are evident in anthems like “15 Years,” which features a monstrous riff and lyrics that delve into experiences of estrangement and reemergence. Four more alternative metal-inspired originals follow and the EP closes with a modern rock cover of Depeche Mode’s 1990 hit, “Enjoy the Silence.”

Justin Smulison at wrote a comprehensive story about Parks, his band and the charity event. Here’s the link:,110299

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