An Interview with Modern Chemistry: Garden State Takeover

An Interview with Modern Chemistry: Garden State Takeover

The first time I personally came across Modern Chemistry was when I saw them open for Taking Back Sunday’s “First Annual Holiday Spectacular” at the Starland Ballroom in 2014. Only hearing about them briefly through word of mouth from many friends who have seen them play various basement shows in New Brunswick, I was pretty excited to finally see them in a live setting. When they hit the stage to start off the night’s festivities, the joyous crowd was filled with many friends and family members who were just as excited to see them as I was. Needless to say, after experiencing their mind-blowing set on that magical night in December, I’ve been completely hooked on Modern Chemistry ever since.

There’s no question that 2015 proved to be an overwhelmingly progressive and eventful year for this New Brunswick-based powerhouse. Modern Chemistry had the opportunity to tour with both Frnkiero AndThe Cellabration and Taking Back Sunday, and also played many colossal music festivals like Riot Fest and Gentlemen Of The Road.

After a long year of …

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The Unsigned Bands Class Of 2016

The Unsigned Bands Class Of 2016

Each year, the Aquarian gathers a list of unsigned bands from the Tri-State Area and beyond that we believe deserve recognition. These bands and solo artists’ music offers so much to the listener that just because a major label hasn’t noticed them yet, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t.

 

Darling Harbor

If you’re looking for the perfect combination of alternative, folk, and indie, look no further. Darling Harbor is straight out of Buffalo, NY, and is compiled of great rhythms, genuine lyrics, and impressive vocals. If the new music they’ve been working on is anything like their debut EP, Truth In My Lies, we have a lot to prepare for. Anyone who loves bands like Mumford & Sons or The Lumineers will be grateful once they discover the gratifying sounds that Darling Harbor formulates.

 

Giants At Large

With a pop punk sound comparable to Handguns and Major League, Long Island’s very own Giants At Large is a band you want to have on your everyday playlist. The quartet has been around since 2010 and is …

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An Interview with Enochian: Rebel Alliance

An Interview with Enochian: Rebel Alliance

The first time I saw Enochian, I was accompanying my friend (and patriotic fan) to a local show. Keep in mind, this is North Jersey—the bands are germinating by the minute. However, I quickly noticed the audience moshing and vibing out with this unsigned band. What’s the big deal with them, anyway? It’s another band in the plethora of heavy metal shows. I hastily noticed, why so. They’ve got the Jersey pride—constantly reminding us of the band’s birthplace. They’ve got the sound. And they’re a riot. I soon realized that I had to talk to these guys.

Couple weeks after, and upon visiting their studio, I was showered with every single item in their merch inventory. One of these included their hardcopy EP, Aimless Crown. Impressive. I felt terrible for not even buying a pin at their show. Then their overwhelming hospitality pretty much solidified my ruefulness. The dedication to their band shows in the way they take care of their studio. Rather than piled garbage, interlaced wires, and disorder—it was an artist’s den. …

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At The Party: An Interview with Will Wood And The Tapeworms

At The Party: An Interview with Will Wood And The Tapeworms

Eccentric is the first word that comes to mind when attempting to describe Will Wood And The Tapeworms, and that fails to do much justice. The band has been making waves in the local scene for roughly a year, drawing attention to themselves through their bizarre stage antics, compelling live energy, and strong use of visual art, which puts them in a league of their own (and rightfully so).

The group’s ringleader, Glen Rock native Will Wood, started writing music in his early teens, originally playing piano at various cafes as a solo artist. He also performed in several local bands, including Jamface, Strange Thick, and A Verbal Equinox. But the entity that is Will Wood And The Tapeworms came on a little later.

“Eventually, it came down to shit or get off the pot. Was I going to be a musician or not? Was I going to keep my songs to myself or go out there and give it a shot? I think to an extent I was afraid of what would happen if …

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An Interview with Halogens: See Them Run Around

An Interview with Halogens: See Them Run Around

While they’ve been playing music together since they were in high school, Wall Township-based quartet Halogens kicked off 2016 by putting out an exciting release that truly reflects the maturity and progressive development of their sound.

Crafting together an upbeat, alternative arrangement of songs that received many likeable comparisons to The Front Bottoms and Sorority Noise, the band’s self-titled EP Halogens was a breath of fresh air that immediately got me excited about the New Year ahead. Drawing in listeners with eccentric hits like “Kitchen Sink” and “Ayúdame!” there’s no doubt in my mind that Halogens is a group that should be on everybody’s radar in the coming months.

Right after Halogens celebrated the official release of their self-titled EP, I got to talk with drummer George Saives, lead vocalist/guitarist Zach Henry and guitarist Charlie Throckmorton about the immediate reception of their new record, the band’s progression since releasing I’m Gonna Miss Me When You’re Gone in 2013, and the friendships that they’ve made in the local scene while they were attending school together at …

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Art Garfunkel @ Smith Center For The Arts

Art Garfunkel

Smith Center For The Arts

October 23, 2015

GENEVA, NY—Art Garfunkel’s show on October 23 at Geneva’s Smith Center for the Arts was equally as memorable as an exceptional performance as it was a story of healing and perseverance. Without question, Garfunkel’s voice has taken some measured, reassuring steps back, far away from the perilous brink of blown vocal cords. Now completely healed, Garfunkel is touring again, delighting audiences with Simon & Garfunkel favorites, original songs, and covers from Gershwin’s “Someone to Watch Over Me” to Newman’s “Real Emotional Girl”. Never lagging for a minute, the performance included read excerpts from Garfunkel’s forthcoming autobiography (expect it on shelves …

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I Am The Albatross: Lonesome Son

I Am The Albatross

Lonesome Son

Rail Rider

Conjured in Austin, Texas, I Am The Albatross are expanding their horizons and have recently completed their second album, Lonesome Son. The trio has remained in their home state, but after a year of creating and playing, they were able to produce new material for their growing fan base. …

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