Gotham Rocks 5 Year Anniversary Show at Irving Plaza

   On Saturday Gotham Rocks will be celebrating 5 years with a premier show at Irving Plaza. I am fortunate enough that Gotham Rocks/Tech 9 Music reached out to me and asked if I would like to provide photo coverage of a show that will include Charetta, Woods Of Arden, The Amatory Murder, Machine Elves and ISPACEWALKSOMETIMES. (http://gothamrocks.net/gotham-rocks-5-year-anniversary-show-at-irving-plaza-in-nyc-june-8-2013/)

   

   Four years ago, Cary Tamura and Mike Sankari, addressed the growing need for a new vision promoter in the NY scene, who would take the initiative to create an environment solely based on the agenda of nurturing rising talent. With little more than sweat, energy, and a belief that a frayed scene could be re-energized, the duo set out to forge a stage for bigger and better shows for deserving, hardworking and talented bands in and around New York. The initial vision to create a showcase environment exposing bands to music industry, media, new fans and other great acts in the region has delivered a new scene for New York City. A community counting tens of thousands has emerged, and with each passing month, continues to grow.

Tech-9 Music (Gotham Rocks / No Mercy Metal) has become a rock and metal powerhouse, wherein they stage over 60 shows a year. Prestigious venues including the Gramercy Theater, Highline Ballroom, Irving Plaza, Crash Mansion, Six Flags Great Adventure (Jackson, NJ) and many others are all housing branded productions. The company continues to explore viable avenues to create opportunities for talent outside of the five boroughs, with footholds in Long Island, New Jersey via their alliance with Great Adventure, and other regions currently being explored. Outside of talent based in the New York area, bands from California, Kentucky, Florida, Japan and others are amongst the hundreds who have enjoyed the benefits of the concert series.

Charetta (https://www.facebook.com/charettamusic)

Woods Of Arden (https://www.facebook.com/WOODSOFARDEN1?fref=ts)

The Amatory Murder (https://www.facebook.com/TheAmatoryMrdr?fref=ts)

Machine Elves (https://www.facebook.com/MachineElvesMusic?fref=ts)

ISPACEWALKSOMETIMES (https://www.facebook.com/ISWSband?fref=ts)

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Project Sloopy at Roxy n Dukes

Project Sloopy (7)_vThis past Sunday 5/5/13 I was asked to provide photo coverage of the Project Sloopy benefit show at Roxy n Dukes. The Mission of Project Sloopy is to reduce the amount of medical waste domestically and precipitate growth by salvaging excess and unused medical supplies from families of special needs children and hospice patients by redistributing them to families in need both domestically and worldwide. When Tom and Kate Mallory had their first child they had no idea anything was wrong. Little Ana Cru was not breathing at birth and was immediately rushed to the NICU. Ana spent three months there and was never diagnosed. Her condition so frail her family was given very little hope and brought their angel home on hospice. In the first six months she was in 3 hospitals 6 separate wings and even a helicopter to bring her to the Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia where her family selflessly moved so that she can get the worlds best care. Ana passed away in February but her spirit lives on. Her parents started the charity Project Sloopy in her honor. This charity gathers supplies and equipment from from various donations (mostly from hospitals, hospices, medical supply companies and patients homes). They get redistributed to families in need that can’t afford them. They are also working with a few angencies to help distribute  supplies overseas as well. Melissa Franco one of the promotors from Roxy n Dukes arranged this benefit show by reaching out to numerous bands to perform out of the goodness of their hearts to help raise money for Project Sloopy. The bands that performed were Gnar Life, Gabe Zander, Decrepit Youth, The Undead, The Accelerators, The Antics, Devilhaus and Vengents. I was proud and excited to be part of something special and used my photography skills to help perserve all the memories from this day. If you would like to find out more information about this great charity go to http://www.projectsloopy.com or contact Kate Koehn at Kate.Koehn@gmail.com, Tom Mallery at TMalleryjr@gmail.com .

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Wrath Of Killenstein @Roxy n Dukes

Saturday March 23rd Aly Mulligan from WSOU Street Patrol and Matt Burns from Trendkiller Entertainment host an awesome metal show at Roxy n Dukes located in Dunellen, NJ. The bands that performed were Wrath Of Killenstein, Ixion Lux, Division 1.1, Ever Disaster, Ashes Of Your Enemy, Bound Alive, Son Of Leeds and Abraxas. This show wasn’t just about music, in between band sets Karnevil performed some incredible and entertaining acts that included everything from sword juggling, a bed of nails, face and body mutilation and much more. There was also some artists set up to show off their crafts : Adrianna Doelling, Comic Book Afterlife, KSNDezignz and Bryan Flanagan. All the bands put on a great show with high energy and great passion. First up was Abraxas a Melodic Death Metal band  out of NJ. The Son Of Leeds played next, they are a metal band from Hazlet, NJ  who I have seen many times before. Bound Alive continued the metal onslaught to a filled room of die head metal fans. Ashes Of Your Enemy took the stage next and killed it. Next up was Ever Disaster formally know as Crawl 2 Chaos. Division 1.1 was next and was using this show as their album release party. Ixion Lux was the band that made this show inviting for me. I had the pleasure of seeing them perform during this past summer and was very impressed by not just their music but the incredible energy front man John Mosher brings. They also have some great fans that come out and show support. It was time for the headliner Wrath Of Killenstein. Being a fan of Cradle Of Faith I was looking forward to seeing this band perform. They bring a great visual to the stage as well as some kick ass metal sounds. As they took the stage and started the smoke machines along with their intro an alarm sounded. Everyone was starting to got into the music and thought the alarm sound was part of the show. Lights were flashing beeps were sounding and then we heard this, everyone leave the building. The smoke machines set off the building alarm and everyone had to evacuate the building. Wrath Of Killenstein had just finished getting into their awesome outfits and was all pumped to put on a great show, they now found themselves along with the fans standing outside in the cold waiting to see what happens. About 30 minutes went by when I realized most of the crowd had left. I felt bad but not knowing when we were going to be let back in I was starting to walk to my car when a voice said we can go back in. So glad I did, Wrath Of Killenstein brought what was left of Roxy n Dukes down. Amazing show from start to finish organized by Matt and Aly.

Wrath Of Killenstein ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wrath-Of-Killenstein/412946563218?fref=ts )

Ixion Lux ( https://www.facebook.com/NJThrash?fref=ts )

Division 1.1 ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/Division-11/202461703097580?fref=ts )

Ever Disaster/Crawl 2 Chaos ( https://www.facebook.com/EverDisaster?fref=ts )

Ashes Of Your Enemy ( https://www.facebook.com/ashesofyourenemy?fref=ts )

Bound Alive ( https://www.facebook.com/BoundAlive?fref=ts )

Son Of Leeds ( https://www.facebook.com/thesonofleeds?fref=ts )

Abraxas ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/Abraxas/149564851813152 )

Karnevil ( https://www.facebook.com/Karnevilpage )

Roxy n Dukes ( https://www.facebook.com/roxyanddukes?fref=ts )

Annatomy Creations ( https://www.facebook.com/annatomycreations )

Comic Book Afterlife ( https://www.facebook.com/ComicBookAfterlife?fref=ts )

Bryan Flanagan ( http://braynsworld.blogspot.com/ )

WSOU Street Patrol ( https://www.facebook.com/WSOUstreetpatrol?fref=ts )

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Bow Wow Wow at The Brighton Bar

Bow Wow Wow (I Want Candy) were at The Brighton Bar on 3/2/13. Everyone I spoke to prior to the show was looking forward to seeing what the singer looked like and sounded like after all these years. Turns out it was a new singer along with Leigh Gorman, Matt Fuller and Lyle Riddle. Still a fun and entertaining show. They were all nice guys who hungout and watched all the opening acts. They even hung around after the show to take pictures with whoever wanted to. Bow Wow Wow is a Post Punk, New Wave, Tribal, Pop band from London. I always arrive at a show early to check out everything and get a good feel for whats to come. I love seeing all the bands perform, you never know who you might hear or see perform on any given night. This night was no exception from The Battery Electric (https://www.facebook.com/TheBatteryElectric?fref=ts), Strange Things Done In The Midnight Sun (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Strange-Things-Done-In-The-Midnight-Sun/10865027773?fref=ts), Dentist (https://www.facebook.com/dentistband?fref=ts), The Glycerine Queens (https://www.facebook.com/Glycerinequeens?fref=ts) to The Antics (https://www.facebook.com/theanticsnj?fref=ts). I was excited to see The Antics, I had seen them months ago right after Hurricane Sandy by chance and really enjoyed their unique sound. They consider themselves a garage rock/basement jams/attic grooves type of band.  They consist of Luke Meisenbacher- Vox/Guitar, Derek Rosengarth- Guitar, Kyle Hammerschmidt- Bass and Josh Reitan- Drums. They reside in Skillman, NJ and bring with them a sound that resembles the likes of Joy Division, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Smiths, Television and The Doors (www.wearetheantics.com). Another cool band was Dentist a very sweet sounding band fronted by Emily Whitt and backed by Justin Bornemann, Bob Robert and Andy Bova. Dentist (that’s the band name), is soon to inspire many reviews that compare their music to a trip to the dentist. The band is influenced by 90’s Indie Rock and Surf Rock. The Glycerine Queens are a Hard Rock/Glam Rock all girl band from the Jersey Shore. They consist of Cynthia Rittenbach, Kayla Smith, Kayla Cervone and Jen Amoscato (www.glycerinequeens.com). The Battery Electric is a rock and roll band out of Asbury Park N.J. They sing about women, whiskey and fighting for freedom. They are currently recording with Pete Steinkopf of the bouncing souls and will be putting out vinyl and digital releases (TheBatteryElectric@gmail.com). Strange Things Done In The Midnight Sun was to say the least strange. Strange Things Done In The Midnight Sun is an unsigned, central-New Jersey based 4 piece who have as many musical influences as there are syllables in their name ranging from Joy Division to The Cramps to Klaus Nomi. Comprised of members of OS101, Don Juan Destroyer, and Casino Evil, they’ve been causing a ruckus within the New York City, NJ circuit for 6 plus years. But similar to the dilemma of Sysiphus, every time they’re just about to reach the the peak, the weight of their own design causes them to topple back down to square one. A mini-LP entitled ‘Done Waiting For The Day’ was self-released in the summer of 2007 of which a few tracks to this day receive modest airplay on local college stations, most notably “Petrol”, “Carousel” and “Dear Ol’ Dad”.

This past spring saw the release of ‘The Killing Wall’, a darker and more aggressive effort than the preceding mini-lp but despite the slight change in aural direction their goal still remains the same….only tenfold! That being more musical and sexual ambiguity, more audience-wide confusion, more faux-opera and, of course, more piñatas! 

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Skate and Surf Break Contest at Encore Round 1

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So this past weekend was round 1 of the break contest for the Skate and Surf Festival being held at Iplay America/Encore Event Center this coming May 18th and 19th 2013.The break contest is being held in multiple venues around and some of the round 1 winners have been announced. I was very surprised to see so many new, young and up and coming bands this year. All different styles and genres is what makes music go round. I consider myself very open minded when it comes to music so I can appreciate a great straight out rock band to a death metal screamo band and everything in between. This weekend was no exception with bands representing everything from rock, screamo, metal, ska, funk, hip hop and pop. I am always excited to see new bands so I can help promote them using my photography skills. The bands I was able to catch on Saturday was The Hopeless Carrion, By The Butcher, The Bass Polics, Lance Green, Half Daze, Clear The Path, Memora, Fairfeild, Three Cheers Too Late and The Project. I didn’t get to see Lovelectric, The Perfect Gentleman, Xero Gravity and 99 regrests but I have seen them all perform before so I am very familiar with them and can say that all four of the bands I missed moved on to round 2 including Lance Green, Half Daze, Clear To The Path, Farfield, Three Cheers Too Late and The Project. I was very impressed with the band The Project which is a young band created by Paul Sallee owner of Music University in Freehold, N.J. Half Daze is a band I saw at last years break contest and felt they were very much improved this year. Two bands I thought were very good that didn’t make the cut were The Hopeless Carrion and Memora definitely go check them out as well as all the other bands that performed. Sunday I was able to see Dear Jupiter, Seasons, WhoWeAre, Sunny Gang, Cinsera, Napalm Party and Mildly Medicated. The bands I missed Confused Disciples, Silent Perfection, Back To The Action, First To Friday and Stiff Motion. The winners from Sunday were Seasons, WhoWeAre, Napalm Party, Mildly Medicated, Silent Perfection, Back To The Action, First To Friday and Stiff Motion. Mildly Medicated, First To Friday and Stiff Motion are without a doubt three of my favorite bands that I have come to know and love over this past year. I think Dana from First To Friday and Amanda from Mildly Medicated are two of the best female vocalists I have heard in a long time. Both of them are backed up by amazing talented musicians who will only get better in time. I am so looking forward to the next round as the competition gets tighter. Congratulations to all the winners as well as to all the bands that enter the contest. Exposure is a very important part of these contests so always hold your head up and do what you love. 

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Brand Of Julez Headlining Show at Webster Studio

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On Saturday Feb. 16th 2013 I had the pleasure of being at the Brand Of Julez headlining show at Webster Hall in NYC. I have been hearing about them for a while now but I haven’t had a chance to see them perform live. The show was hosted by the character himself Jonnie Rockit from Panzie and loaded with some cool openers : A Vegas Marriage, Fear Report, Dirty Black 7 and Xero Gravity. A Vegas Marriage started off the show, I had seen them perform live a few weeks ago at the Brighton Bar in Longbranch, NJ opening up for Joy Ride and was immediately impressed with Matthew’s unique voice and Justin’s stage presence. A Vegas Marriage is a three piece hard rock band out of Staten Island, NY ( https://www.facebook.com/Avegasmarriage ) . Xero Gravity came on next, they are a great band that I have seen many times and think they are one of the best young hard rock/metal bands on the scene.  Xero Gravity met while all performing in a program called Rockit. In the Rockit Program, kids ages 8-16, who pass auditions, participate in a seven-week group program where they learn a specific repertoire of songs, supplemented with individual instruction. Around forty-five young musicians divvy up to form separate groups who together, at the program’s end, perform in concert replete with high-production gear and lighting at the legendary Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ. That’s where it all began. Members are :  Alex Peragine-Lead/Rhythm Guitars, Steven Rago-Drums/Percussion and  Jack Rose-Vocals/ 4/8 String Basses. ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/Xero-Gravity/230285076981884?fref=ts ). Dirty Black 7 was next, another cool sounded hard rock band out of NYC.  DIRTY BLACK 7, NYC’S most original hard rock band. Verteran musicians , Ron Forte, Mike Butchar, Vin De Paola & Frank Puzzillo have teamed up to create a monster. AND this monster is looking to rock your area and give you what you want. Real Music performed by a real band. DIRTY BLACK 7 will grab you by the throat and leave you feeling better about the NYC area music scene. You will not be disapointed. ( https://www.facebook.com/DirtyBlack7/info ). Fear Report took the stage next, there unique sound is due to there diverse influences. They all love rock on the heavier side, but it’s each member’s personal influences that define the sound. From Dan’s love of post-hardcore, to Anthony’s metal edge… Sasha’s metal and grunge, Brendan’s grunge, indie, and alternative, to Rob’s classic rock and 80s metal. This is what defines them. They are just a rock band, but they all bring something different to the table when they write songs. And one song may sound a little different from the other, but to them that’s just Fear Report, because it represents them to the core. ( https://www.facebook.com/fearreport/info ). Well it was now time for Brand Of Julez, they are a hard rock band out of the Bronx, NY. They are made up of Julian Zamora – Vocals/Guitars, Brandon Zamora – Bass/Backing Vocals and Marshall Castaneda – Drums/Percussion. There sound was awesome, there stage presence was awesome and their look was awesome. They had everything you wanted to hear, see and feel at a rock show. The Brand Of Julez setlist was : Lights Go Out, Never Look Back, Power Within, My Life To Live, Read My Face, Breakthrough, Moving On, Powerless, A Better Day and Who Am I.

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NYC’s Panzie takes over The Saint in Asbury Park

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Panzie, Lower The Veil, Audio Machine and Black Ocean were on the bill for what was anticipated as one of the best shows of the year happening at The Saint on 2/9/13. I was so looking forward to this show not just because of an amazing lineup but also because of the awesome crowd of fans I knew this show was bringing. It had everything and everyone a show could ask for Tom and Mayhem from Scarlet Carson, Oldbridge MetalMilitia, Arrius Studios, Don Jamieson and so many more. Tim Louie who writes for the Aquarian Weekly plays bass for Black Ocean who opened up the night. They are a Rock/Metal/Groove band from New Jersey and boy did they rock. (http://blackoceanmusic1.wix.com/wwwblackoceanmusiccom#! , https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/BlackOcean/154890224550593?fref=ts)

Next up was Audio Machine,

An eruption of pure ecstasy explodes in the form of hard hitting rock and roll and raw rage wrapped in a band called Audio Machine. This collection of clutch players formed in March of 2012 after some lineup changes and the addition of a new singer. Hackensack, NJ based, this band shows no signs of loss of  momentum proving themselves a force and a fierce self-containing machine.  As experienced m…usicians and professionals, this collaboration exudes complimentary musicality and harmonious chemistry. These dirty jersey boys bring a unique style of rock to the table (https://www.facebook.com/AudioMachineMusic)
 
Next was Lower The Veil another tight sounding rock band out of New Jersey. LOWER THE VEIL; formerly known as “Friends of Bill Wilson,” is a Progressive Rock band hailing from the Jersey Shore. Frontman Damien’s dream was to one day front his own band that would perform the songs he wrote.  He played in local bands as a teen that helped him to a…cquire a stage persona and sharpen his skills.  At the age of 19, he was nearly killed in a motorcycle accident when he was struck by a drunk driver.  After his recovery, Baldwin decided to join the United States Military.  During his service, he married his high school sweetheart and decided to pursue his music career after his discharge. (http://lowertheveil.com/ , https://www.facebook.com/#!/lowertheveil?fref=ts)
 
Headlining the show was Panzie,

At first when you see them or hear the name Panzie, you’re not quite sure what to expect … but expect the unexpected.This band’s got it. They understand what it takes to put out badass rock ‘n roll. The beauty is that it comes naturally to them. They were born to do this. Front man Johnny Hawaiian is the last real American rock star and Panzie brings something back to hard rock that has been missing. Their songs are raw, energetic and aggressive, yet there’s something fine and sophisticated about their delivery.They have the “it” factor. They are everything you want in a rock ‘n roll band.  Panzie is the whole package. They have well-written songs that you can listen to over and over again. You just don’t get tired of listening. They look good, they sound good and they deliver a live show to match. Their full-length album, entitled ‘Love & Blood,’ is destined to become a classic. This album rocks from beginning to end. Every track is memorable and stands on its own; it’s a hard rock album that takes you on a musical journey. Some of there musical influenses are Coal Chamber, Danzig and Type o Negative. They brought the house down last night to a steller crowd. Panzie left the Saint with alot of new fans who have never seen or heard of them before. (http://www.panzie.com/ , https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Panzie/232669300430?fref=ts)
 
 
 

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