I recently got an email from an old friend who used to sing for a popular band on the North Jersey scene called UUU. His name is Eric Klein and he emailed me to let me know about his new band, Days Before Tomorrow, a progressive rock band out of Wayne, NJ. So, like normal, I went to their MySpace page to give them a listen out of curiosity and I thought that they were pretty good for what they played. There was a cover of the hit Nelson song “After The Rain” posted on the site along with original tracks “Lighters” and “Sky Is Falling,” which I felt sounded a little dated, but the musicianship was stellar nonetheless.
The most confusing label that you can slap on a rock band today is to call them prog rock.
When you think of progressive rock, some bands that might come to mind are Dream Theater, Coheed & Cambria, Marillion, Rush, Pink Floyd, Genesis, and The Police. Basically, nobody is really sure as to what prog rock actually is, but the boys from Days Before Tomorrow certainly make up their own description of the label. Days Before Tomorrow attempts to deliver on all fronts in making music that appeals to serious music lovers who are tired of the same old crap, while also delivering music that casual listeners can latch on to. The line-up includes singer Eric Klein, guitarist Scott Kahn, guitarist Derek Davodowich, bassist Rob Maziekien Jr., and drummer Jason Gianni.
The guys from recently finished work on their upcoming concept CD with Grammy winning producer Ron Nevison who’s known for his work with legendary acts like Led Zeppelin, The Who, Kiss, etc. There have been a few labels interested in picking he CD up, but it will be released independently sometime in February. To learn more about Eric Klein’s new band Days Before Tomorrow or to find out when they’re playing next, log onto daysbeforetomorrow.com.
NORTH JERSEY NOTES UPDATES:
I just received some news that my boys from Black Water Rising finally have a release date for their long-awaited upcoming debut self-titled CD. On April 7 the full CD will be available for download on iTunes and I have to say that the wait will be worth it! The physical CD, which features the MySpace hits “Brother Go On,” “Living Proof,” and my favorite “Hate Machine,” will be available via Black Water Rising’s MySpace page, participating record stores, and other retail chains across the country! Log onto myspace.com/blackwaterrising to find out more about the long-awaited CD release or to find out where Black Water Rising is playing next.
Speaking of iTunes, the new all-star side project known as Factory Syndicate, featuring members of Ten Feet From Murder and Split Vision, have finally released their long-awaited metal remake of the hip-hop classic “Rock Box,” which is now available on iTunes. For you youngsters out there who are wondering, “Rock Box” was originally recorded by the newly inducted Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall Of Famers, Run DMC. Get on iTunes and buy “Rock Box” by Factory Syndicate or call your local radio station and request “Rock Box” today! You can check Factory Syndicate out on myspace.com/factorysyndicate.
And finally, my brothers from Bled For Glory attempted to unveil their new line-up last month at their annual “December To Dismember” show at Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ. Unfortunately, due to the inclement weather things didn’t go as they planned. Bled For Glory was going to introduce guitarist Ilya Seltser and bassist Dan Grossberg, who some might remember from Dead Letter Box and Havoc Effect. The band says that they’re all finally healthy, and they have tons of new material written for their next CD with the new and improved line-up! Keep yourself informed with Bled For Glory at myspace.com/bledforglory.
That’s all for now! And remember, if your band is from North Jersey and you want some exposure, send your demos and press kits to Arts Weekly, c/o Tim Louie P.O. Box 1140 Little Falls, NJ 07424. No cover bands, please!
Just remember….We’re all in the same boat, so every little bit of exposure counts!
NJN Concert Calendar:
2/6—Charetta—The Broadway, Amityville, NY
2/6—Martyrd/Bent Brother—Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ
2/6—Echofission—The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
2/6—Evan Toth and the Excuses—The Rack ‘N’ Roll Café, Stamford, CT
2/7—Screaming Metal/LowBuz/Black Water Rising—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
2/7—Borgo Pass—Mr. Beery’s, Bethpage, NY
2/7—Rahway—The Junkyard, Rochelle Park, NJ
2/7—White Knuckle Battery—The Silo, Reading, PA
2/13—Killcode—Crash Mansion, NYC
2/13—Rahway—Millennium Music Conference 13, Harrisburg, PA
2/14—Endall/Evan Toth and the Excuses—Millennium Music Conference 13, Harrisburg, PA
2/15—Borgo Pass—Mr. Beery’s, Bethpage, NY
2/20—Charetta—The Underscore, NYC
2/20—Endall—Axis Lounge, Carlstadt, NJ
2/21—Diablo Royale—Crash Mansion, NYC