I came across an interesting project that I’ve never heard of before, but they seem to have all of the right people working for them. They’re based out of Brooklyn, and they’re called Eye Ra Haze. By the way, I’d like to make a note of something that I’ve noticed. Some of the best bands to come out of the NY/NJ music scene have been coming out of Brooklyn lately like Black Water Rising, Panzie* and Diablo Royale, just to name a few. I just wanted to point that out and after giving Eye Ra Haze a good listen, they weren’t about to disprove that theory. Their songs “New Beginning,” “The Visitor” and “Church” really impressed me. I mean, they weren’t trying to reinvent the wheel with their music. Singer Natasha Singer’s—okay, that was weird—voice was pretty captivating to a point where I might even go as far as saying it might be just as good as Amy Lee’s, or even better.
According to their bio, when Singer’s seductive vocals came face to ear with the bone-crushing distorted guitar sounds and powerful drumming of the members of Eye Ra Haze, she knew that she’d found a safe haven for her sultry and distinct voice. Not only did she find a home for it, but she also knew that she found a way to reach the souls and emotions of music fans alike. Eye Ra Haze formed in 2010 by five heavy music lovers with the same goal in mind of creating a sound that could combine alternative and nü metal. The problem was that everyone else was doing the same. So what was going to separate Eye Ra Haze apart from the rest of the music scene? It was going to have to be Natasha’s blend of delicate and ardent melodies mixed with the most tumultuous rhythm guitar riffs on the scene. Natasha is supported by guitarist Nicole Papastavrou, keyboardist Karine Catenacci, bassist Chris Marrone and drummer Kevin Corcoran.
From what I’m told, Eye Ra Haze’s live show is something else to witness. They seem to be a dark band in nature, but really have a knack for captivating their audience with their stage energy, angst, and intimidation. Their debut self-titled EP can be found on their website, eyerahaze.com, where you can also find out where the band is performing next. I heard that you might be able to catch them at the Highline Ballroom in NYC on Dec. 7.
NORTH JERSEY NOTES UPDATES:
The gang from Judge The Fallen have been writing and recording some new material that they seem pretty excited about. When asked to hear samples of their “new music,” they told fans to come and hear it at the Starland Ballroom on Nov. 29 when they open for E-Town Concrete and 40 Below Summer. Not only will they have new music to play, but they’ll also have new merch for sale! For more info on this show and Judge The Fallen, log onto judgethefallen.com.
Lane Six Entertainment has put together a pretty powerful lineup for their Christmas party at Dingbatz this year. The party falls on Dec. 21 and will include performances from my bros Audio Empire, BoundAlive, Lethal Affection, Jolly, Ascending From Ashes, Empire Fallen and Brand Of Julez. That’s quite an impressive lineup of local bands from the North Jersey scene. I love my brothers from That Metal Show and Thanatotic Desire and all, but this is the Christmas party to attend at Dingbatz! That’s Dec. 21! Don’t miss this! For more info, log onto facebook.com/LaneSixEntertainment.
And finally, the crew from Generation Kill have a new CD dropping on Nov. 26 called We’re All Gonna Die. For those of you wondering who the hell Generation Kill are, they’re local guys fronted by Rob Dukes from Exodus! Rob is supported by members of Pro-Pain, M.O.D., Mutilation, Merauder and Gunfire-N-Sodomy. The band states that this is no side-project and is indeed an actual band! To celebrate the release of We’re All Gonna Die, Generation Kill will be hosting a CD release party at Dingbatz this Saturday night (11/16), which will also feature performances from my bros Slam One Down, Julius Seizure and Givethemrope. This will be one mind-blowing party! For more info, log onto facebook.com/GenerationKillOfficial.
That’s all for now! If your band is from North Jersey, and you want some exposure, send your press kits to Arts Weekly, c/o Tim Louie P.O. Box 1140, Little Falls, NJ 07424, or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, where you can also let me know where you’re performing next!
Just remember….We’re all in the same boat, so every little bit of exposure counts!
Tim Louie is the Author of S**t Happens.
NJN Concert Calendar:
11/13—A Sound Of Thunder/Operatika/Edge of Paradise/Fiakra—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
11/15—Organized Confusion/Napalm Party/Trash Bag/Concrete Burial/Gregg Woods—The Blue Room, Secaucus, NJ
11/16—Generation Kill/Slam One Down/Julius Siezure/Givethemrope—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
11/16—Borgo Pass—Mr. Beerys, Bethpage, NY
11/17—Six Feet Under/Jungle Rot/Pyrexia/Arkaik/Dark Sermon/From The Depths/Mourning—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
11/22—A Clever Con—North Centerville Firehouse, Hazlet, NJ
11/23—Knucklebone—Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ
11/23—Flatus/The Wait/The Bullys/Lakeside Drive/Disposable—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
11/23—Words Never Spoken/Xero Gravity/Gathering After Ashes/Valence/Ixion Lux/Station/Sinners—The Harp-N-Bard, Clifton, NJ
11/23—Pralaya/Shift/Goodbye Tiger—Fontana’s, NYC
11/24—Fates Warning/Halcyon Way/Fever Vein/Psychoprism/Dark Empire/Knollwood—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
11/27—Marc Rizzo—The Blue Room, Secaucus, NJ
11/29—Ten Feet From Murder/E-Town Concrete/40 Below Summer/Bane/Nora/Judge The Fallen—Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ
11/30—Cyperna/Stagger—Championship Sports Bar and Grill, Trenton, NJ
11/30—Ted Poley—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
11/30—Atom Strange “CD Release Party”—Mercury Lounge, NYC
12/4—John Oliva—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
12/7—Tarpit Boogie—Clash Bar, Clifton, NJ
12/7—Eye Ra Haze—The Highline Ballroom, NYC
12/8—Picture Perfect/Yes Virgina—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
12/13—Engorge/Mausoleum/Goat Felch—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
12/14—Midnight Mob—The Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ
12/14—Brand Of Julez/Ghosts Of Eden/someonElse/North America/Fear Report/Srotakin IV—The Studio at Webster Hall, NYC
12/14—“That Metal Show X-Mas Party”—Seven Witches/Grind Axis/ Thanatonic Desire/Madame Mayhem/Jaded Past—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
12/15—Statik Silence/Atomic Dog/Murder Smile—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
12/19—Cycle Of Pain/Black Water Rising/Lower The Veil/Gaggle Of Cocks—The Legendary Dobbs, Philadelphia, PA
12/20—Cycle Of Pain “CD Release Party”—Sullivan Hall, NYC
12/21—Audio Empire/BoundAlive/Lethal Affection/Jolly/Ascending From Ashes/Empire Fallen/Brand Of Julez—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
12/21—The Dirty Pearls—Irving Plaza, NYC