North Jersey Notes: Hyphen One & Daylow

Hyphen-OneI recently received an email from Hyphen-One & Daylow guitarist Jake Nowak letting me know about his band from North Jersey. Like I do anytime a band asks me to check out their band, I went to their website to check them out! In this case, Jake emailed me the link to Hyphen-One & Daylow’s EPK on Normally, I get submissions from bands that are in the hard rock and heavy metal genres, but it’s always a treat when I get submissions from funk bands. Being a bass player, I love the bass and drums in funk music.

Hyphen-One & Daylow is an eight-piece band out of northern New Jersey that is made up of singer Emcee Hyphen-One, a female singer named Ruby, guitarist Jake Nowak, bassist Benjamin Earl, drummer Steve Dans, percussionist Dave DeRiso, and they even have a horn section in Matt Ryan on trombone, and a guy named Shooby on sax. Hyphen-One & Daylow seem to have a pretty respectable resume of national acts, industry affiliations, and a countless number of venues all over the East Coast that they’ve performed in. In 2005 their song “I See The World,” off of their self-titled EP, became the number one selected song by an industry panel of judges for a “Download For The Cure” compilation CD competition. This past summer, Hyphen-One & Daylow independently released their first full-length CD, Ill Regular, which was mixed by Chris Badami who’s known for his work with Dillinger Escape Plan and Scott Hull who’s known for his work with Steely Dan, Herbie Hancock, John Mayer and Ziggy Marley.

Hyphen-One & Daylow sold over 200 CDs at their CD release party and has been selling like hotcakes on iTunes and CD baby. This group is on the rise! You can hear songs like “I See The World,” “Blaba Zaba,” and “Ill Regular” on the band’s website,, or by logging onto the band’s MySpace page,, where you can also find out where they’re is playing next. Smoke a spliff and check this stuff out!


A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that my boys from Piston Driven parted ways with singer Mike Affinito. For those who don’t remember, Piston Driven features former Dropbox/Saint Caine guitarist Joey “Smokes” Wilkinson, my former Smoke Star/Ray West Band drummer Scotty O, and former Connected/Marc Rizzo Band bassist AJ. Now you can add former Step Kings singer Fern to the mix! That’s right! Fern is the new frontman of Piston Driven and what an asset he will be! Fern’s also an amazing songwriter, producer, and not to mention he still has a name in the business, so having Fern as their frontman will give the band even more credibility than it already has with its all-star line-up! Piston Driven have been busy writing and recording their debut CD tentatively due to be released this spring. You can hear their song “What’s It to You” regularly on WDHA’s Metal Mania show with my boy Scott Evil! Find out more about Piston Driven by logging onto

Tech-9 Music, the company who brings you Gotham Rocks, New York City’s premier modern rock showcase, is at it again! Since Six Flags is closed for the winter, Gotham Rocks will be bringing the showcase back to NYC on Saturday, Feb. 21 at Crash Mansion. Performing will be Diablo Royale, Shadows Lie, NoSho, Domi, January Jane, Eve To Adam, and Beyond Hope Lies. The goal of Gotham Rocks is to get the best new rock bands in the Northeast region in front of the most relevant music industry professionals in the country, while at the same time providing fans with the best live music entertainment New York has to offer. Learn more about Gotham Rocks at

And finally, my bud Dave Incognito, who used to sing for Speed Chamber and Dying Eyes Of Sloth, has put a new band together. After disbanding Dying Eyes Of Sloth, Dave ran into some personal issues but has put it all behind him and pulled it all together with the help of guitarists Jay Prussack and Ronny Blakkfoxx. Dave’s new band, Incognito Theory, is a new sound and style for and I have to admit that I really like it. Those who know Dave know that he was a death metal singer, but on this Incognito Theory stuff, he actually sings and his voice is pretty good! If you want to check out the new project log onto to hear their song “Fire Within.”

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:
2/12—Hyphen-One & Daylow—Sputnik, Brooklyn, NY
2/13—Killcode—Crash Mansion, NYC
2/13—Rahway—Millennium Music Conference 13, Harrisburg, PA
2/13—Kosmic Daydream—The Junkyard, Rochelle Park, NJ
2/13—Hyphen-One & Daylow—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
2/19—Black Water Rising—Trash Bar, Brooklyn, NY
2/19—Hybrid Dawn—Fontana’s, NYC
2/20—Charetta—The Underscore, NYC
2/20—Hyphen-One & Daylow—Bar Saints and Sinners, Hoboken, NJ
2/20—Endall—Axis Lounge, Carlstadt, NJ
2/21—Diablo Royale—Crash Mansion, NYC
2/28—Rahway—Desmond’s, NYC
2/28—Atom Strange—The Delancey, NYC
2/28—Kosmic Daydream/6to8 Mathematics—Buddies Tavern, Parlin, NJ
2/28—Echofission—The Thirsty Toad, Lodi, NJ