One-On-One With The Dives

One-On-One With The Dives

The Dives is a fantastic new, young rock band that recently released its first EP, Everybody’s Talkin’. I recently interviewed two of the band’s members, lead singer Evan Stanley and bassist Sergio Ortega.

Evan, as the lead singer of the band, how do you preserve your voice for an entire set, night after night?

EVAN: It’s endurance. You just build up to it. Do the vocal warm-ups and try to stay on top of taking care of your voice. Don’t drink too much, don’t smoke—the basics.

Does talking in between songs help or hurt?

EVAN: On stage, I’ve never noticed. But one thing I don’t like is when we’re in a noisy club and people try to talk for an hour or two before the set. You end up shouting. Talking is totally fine. Regular talking is nothing. But when it gets to the point of shouting, it becomes a problem. I can sing for a really long time, but shouting will wear down my voice very quickly.

When did you guys form The

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An Interview with Screams On Sunday: Showing The World We Exist

An Interview with Screams On Sunday: Showing The World We Exist

Here in New Jersey, how often do we get the chance to discover unsigned bands from different countries? I spoke with Patty from the band Screams On Sunday of Madrid, Spain, and he gave us an inside look on the band, how they formed, their writing process, and their goal of getting their music out to the world.

Where are you from?

The band’s from Madrid, Spain, but we are all from different parts of Spain. If you ask me personally, I was born in New Jersey.

How long have you been a band and how did you get started?

We’ve been together since 2013. Alber (bass) and me, Patty (vocals), had another band at that moment. After it split up, we knew we wanted to keep playing rock music so we decided to form a new one. As we didn’t know a lot of people who would be interested in playing rock, we looked online for musicians, and that’s the moment we found Pepe, the drummer. He then introduced us to Dani (guitar), as …

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Taking It To The Limits: An Interview with Ocean Of Illusions

Taking It To The Limits: An Interview with Ocean Of Illusions

Ocean of Illusions is a melodic deathcore unsigned band from New Jersey who are making their name known this year. They have filled us in on their current tour, their upcoming shows, and what they have coming up in their future as musicians!

Where are you from?

Bergen County, NJ.

How long have you been a band and how did you get started?

Ocean of Illusions was established in 2012. Kedwin Ramirez (drummer) introduced Zachary Howard (vocalist) and Michael Montalto (ex-bassist) to a friend of his, named Aaron Guzman (ex-lead guitarist). After a couple of jam sessions in Aaron’s mom’s basement, we decided that we wanted to create a serious project. Our first show was at the Canvas Clash (currently BoonTunes) and we had a technical difficulty that set our set back 20 minutes. To say the least we were frustrated but we made it work.

From there we have had the opportunity to share the stage with many of our idols and locals who push their craft to its limits. Between 2012-2016 we were …

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Who The Fuck Is That Guy? The Fabulous Journey Of Michael Alago

Who The Fuck Is That Guy? The Fabulous Journey Of Michael Alago

Some of you may not know who Michael Alago is, but you’ve heard the results of his talents on record. Michael Alago signed and produced some of the world’s top artists including bands and performers like Metallica, White Zombie, Cyndi Lauper, Johnny Rotten and Nina Simone, to name an illustrious few. Michael Alago is a lifelong New Yorker who grew up in Borough Park, Brooklyn, and remains in the Big Apple to this very day. And while Brooklyn is where Michael got his start, he’s been all over the world in his journey for musical excellence.

From age 12 to 18, Alago lived in the railroad style Brooklyn apartment with his family, and this is where he began to put it all together. As soon as Michael could ride the train, he would be out and about, learning about life and music and putting his future life into the order as many of us know it now.

Alago grew up as a gay Puerto Rican teen and went through the paces of being a bit …

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New Dark Age: Rammstein At Jones Beach Theater, Cybertron, The Red Party & More!

New Dark Age: Rammstein At Jones Beach Theater, Cybertron, The Red Party & More!

Nights Out

 

Cybertron

Blackthorn 51

Elmhurst, Queens NYC

June 24, 2017

Vampire Freaks, the large entertainment and specialty clothing organization regularly sponsors music events with a dark, futuristic theme, labeling such events Cybertron, connected—as it portrays itself—to the concept of the sci-fi oriented Transformers theme. Release of the motion picture “Transformers—The Last Knight,” served as an inspiration for the latest Cybertron, a night of dance music and live performances by three techno-industrial bands.

Doors opened at 9 p.m. at Blackthorn 51, a bar and performance venue that usually features heavy metal, situated deep in the heart of the borough of Queens. Our crew from New Dark Age was the first to enter, and we took note of the selections being aired by the assigned deejay—mainly electronic, goth and industrial, featuring Aesthetic Perfection, NIN, Manson and IAMX.

As the guests showed up, they presented an array of dark, sexy and elaborately attired fashionistas, predominantly black-clad, sporting leather, vinyl, metal spikes, two-toned stripes and high makeup. This was particularly true of the several dancers who …

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The Transatlantic Sessions @ Town Hall

The Transatlantic Sessions

Town Hall

May 4, 2017

MANHATTAN, NY—Transatlantic Sessions is the collective title for a series of live musical collaborations begun in 1995 by musicians from both sides of the North Atlantic, playing folk music from Scotland, Ireland, England and North America. Under the musical direction of Scottish fiddler Aly Bain and American guitarist Jerry Douglas, the performances have been recorded and filmed intermittently for six series of half-hour television episodes shown in Great Britain and North America. Transatlantic Sessions also were made available as in DVD and CD formats.

After more than 20 years, the live Transatlantic Sessions finally came to America for a …

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The Birthday Massacre: Under Your Spell

The Birthday Massacre

Under Your Spell

Metropolis Records

This 11-track CD represents The Birthday Massacre’s seventh full-length album, and explores the moody ambiguities of romantic relationships. Chibi’s delicate, almost fragile vocals are bracketed between thunderous guitar and drum crashes in The Birthday Massacre’s signature style. Minor key melodies captivate the listener and emphasize the introspective and poetic narratives …

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