RAD HORROR—Cranford, NJ
I recently received a Facebook message from a dude named Anthony Peterpaul. Now, I thought I was the only one in the music biz with two first names as my name, but this dude was blessed with three first names as his name. I’m the one who’s jealous now! Anyway, I wrote about Anthony’s old band Little Devil back in 2012. Anthony messaged me to let me know about his new project, Rad Horror, with former Young Rising Sons guitar player Dylan Scott. He sent me a music video from the band called “Benzos and Cigarettes” and though it’s not my cup of tea, musically, I really enjoyed the song and the video. It’s extremely new wave alternative and when Jimmy Gnecco hits the road again with Ours, I would suggest Rad Horror as his direct support. These guys are pretty “rad”!
Every once in a while, a new band emerges that is “scary” good, which is an appropriate description for Dylan Scott’s latest project, Rad Horror. As I said earlier, Dylan used to play with Young Rising Sons, but has also achieved noteworthy success, having co-wrote Halsey’s album, Badlands, which debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 charts and is now certified Platinum in the U.S. Dylan is currently terrorizing fans with Rad Horror, a talented four-piece new wave group, whose members all hail from Jersey. Joining singer and guitarist Dylan in the band are guitarist and trumpeter Rob Cruz, bassist Paul Kartelias, and drummer Ant Peterpaul. Rad Horror seems to effortlessly combine a new wave sensibility with Dylan Scott’s low range vocal reminiscent of the late Jim Morrison, something pop music has been begging for since the death of the vinyl record.
Rad Horror recently released their first single, “Take Me Back to Your House,” with a video soon to follow. Their other single “The Magic and the Melancholy” perfectly showcases Scott’s brooding low tenor vocal. The quartet also released their melodramatic cover of the Chainsmokers song “Closer,” brilliantly set inside the theme of Netflix hit series, Stranger Things. If Rad Horror continues on the path toward their goals, they will soon be one of the top bands to come out of Jersey. I’m without a doubt curious to check Rad Horror out live. For more info on Rad Horror, visit Facebook.com/RadHorror.
NORTH JERSEY NOTES UPDATES:
My boys from One Hundred Thousand have added a new guitarist to their lineup. It’s none other than SYKA guitarist Gregg Sgar. Gregg first began helping the One Hundred Thousand guys out over the summer and on December 17, they will be introducing him as an official member of the band at Maxwell’s Tavern in Hoboken, NJ! No word on the state of SYKA, but it seems like Gregg has found a new home. Adding a fifth member to the band has always been a goal for One Hundred Thousand for years! Adding Gregg’s guitar playing and backing vocals to the band is going to take their music and performances to a whole new level. Find out at Maxwell’s on December 17. For more on One Hundred Thousand, visit Facebook.com/OneHundredThousand.
A few weeks ago, I mentioned my bros from Behind The Bullet, which features singer Dave Alexander and drummer Tony Ortiz from Dead Letter Box and A Lesson in Violence. Well, the band is moving swiftly! They already have a new music video out for their song “Brothers In Arms” off of their debut EP with the same name. The song is awesome and the music video really brings out the personality of the band. Check the video out at youtu.be/u7_7ZqepLfk. For more info on Behind The Bullet, visit BehindtheBullet.nyc.
And finally, for a shameless plug, if you’re in Atlantic City, NJ this Saturday night (12/10), Mike Camp and his Jersey Campfires Production Presents my band Rahway at the Boneyard Bar and Grill. This is a great rock venue in South Jersey. Also performing will be Surrender The Night, Collective Man, Shade and Sometimes The Devil. This is going to be a great night, so if you’re in A.C., stop in! For more on my band, Rahway visit RahwayBand.com.
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:
12/7—Something of the Found/Don’t Tell Maggie—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ
12/9—Pharoah (All Original Members)/Maximum America/Defon—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
12/10—Jersey Campfires Production Presents Rahway/Surrender The Night/Collective Man/Shade/Sometimes The Devil—The Boneyard, Atlantic City, NJ
12/10—Frost Metal Coalition/Psychoprism/Orbynot/Zero Distance/Blue Movie—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
12/13—Afroman—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
12/15—Casual Friday/Livin Jaded/Hollywood Kills/Summit—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ
12/16—Echolab/Pralaya/Reese Van Riper/Randy Haze Trio/Red Hymns—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
12/17—One Hundred Thousand—Maxwell’s Tavern, Hoboken, NJ
12/17—Tilted/Mikell’s Plot/Dirty Works/Jason Fox—Al Cibelli’s, Perth Amboy, NJ
12/17—Dinosaur Eyelids—John and Peter’s Bar and Grill, New Hope, PA
12/22—“That Metal Show” Annual Holiday Bash/Black Tooth Grin/Sickness/Eddie’s Secret Santa All-Star Cover Band/Reality Suite/School of Rock Wayne—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
12/28—Atomic Beauty/Bird Flu/Silent Tides/Grounded4Life—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
12/29—The Doomsday Prophecy/The Blessing of this Curse/The Machinist/Thanatotic Desire/Monument of a Memory/Enochian—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
12/30—Infinitus Mortus/Synergi/Fiakra/Agents of Aggression—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ