North Jersey Notes: Maddam Ink

Maddam InkA couple of weekends ago, my bros from Gotham Rocks Entertainment put on a killer line-up down at Sullivan Hall in NYC consisting of Killcode, Diablo Royale, and Black Water Rising, but one of the big draws that night seemed to be a band from Sellersville, PA. Yes, I had to Google Map it to make sure it existed and it does. Anyway, the name of the band is Maddam Ink and from what I heard, they tore the roof off of Sullivan Hall that night, so I had to check out their website! The first song that I heard was a song called “Disaster,” and wow! I was hooked! Singer Adam Burke has an excellent voice, and the boys behind him rock! The song “Disaster” is a rock radio hit! Maddam Ink can rock hard on songs like “Disaster,” “Sacrifice,” and “Tomorrow,” but can get as mellow as possible on songs like “Home.”

Maddam Ink is Sellersville, PA’s premier original rock band. They formed in 2004, and claim that their “hard driving riffs and catchy melodies can’t be described as anything but original.” Now, I’m not sure that I can agree with that, since every band feels that way about their music, but to each his own, right? Maddam Ink’s radio friendly opuses found them some local radio airplay in late 2006, which was when they released their self- titled debut CD, a project that they funded on their own from the recording down to the artwork. Maddam Ink’s line-up includes singer Adam Burke, guitarist Matt Scott, bassist Arlanz, and drummer Kyle Young.

Since forming, Maddam Ink has grown quite a following in the PA area as they got to share the stage with bands like Days Of The New, Alien Ant Farm, King’s X, Extreme’s Nuno Bettencourt, Fuel’s Brett Scallions, as well as his other project, The X’s, The F-UPS, Lourdz, and Sound The Alarm. Find out who Maddam Ink will be opening for next by logging onto


Looks like there was another major blow to the North Jersey music circuit! One of my favorite bands, LowBuz, seems to have parted ways. According to the band’s blog on their MySpace page, too many personal issues and injuries within the band may have caused the split. The band has agreed to finish their upcoming CD before they call it quits, and they’ve also agreed to perform one more time as a band. The boys from LowBuz will continue to work on other projects, and have even decided to keep online to keep LowBuz fans updated on their new projects, or even a LowBuz reunion?

Looks like my boys from Black Water Rising are getting out of the metro are for a whole weekend to invade Michigan for the first time ever! They’ll be starting out in Hillside, MI, on Friday, Oct. 10 and finishing in Battle Creek, MI, on Sunday, Oct. 12. So, congrats to them for getting the “F” out of here! Black Water Rising’s single, “Brother Go On,” is also burning up XM/Sirius Satellite Radio’s Octane Channel. Request it on to get them more airplay! If you want to find out more about Black Water Rising, log onto blackwaterrising.

And finally, I featured a band called Killcode in this column a couple of months ago because my band, Hostel Inc., performed with them down at Don Hill’s in NYC. Since then, Killcode has created quite a name for themselves on the scene, and their music is doing a lot of the talking. They have a new song up on their MySpace,, called “Truce,” and the song is awesome! Just like that damn Piston Driven song, Killcode’s “Truce” has been embedded in the brain, and I find myself going to their MySpace page to listen to it everyday. Anyway, “Truce” will be on Killcode’s upcoming CD, To Die For. Log onto for a release date on their debut CD.

That’s all for now! 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!