North Jersey Notes: Damn Glad (Jersey City, NJ)

Damn GladI recently got a message on MySpace from Matt Kurzban, guitarist for a band called Damn Glad, asking me to check out his band. So, I did, and I thought that they were a pretty good rock band. Musically, the riffs rocked and the hooks were catchy—a great recipe for rock songs! The songs that really stood out for me was the title track “Not For Nothing,” “Live Now Or Forever Hold Your Peace,” and “Well On Your Way.”

Damn Glad is a Jersey City-based band made up of singer/guitarist Matt Kurzban, Jonny K on the other guitars, Jeff Kalber on bass, and Jeff Baker on the drums. Back in 2005, Damn Glad released their debut CD, And That’s That!. They would promote their debut CD from 2005 until 2007. Damn Glad has appeared on major network TV in that time and has also had their music featured on MTV & VH1 reality shows.

At the end of 2008, Damn Glad released their latest CD, Not For Nothing, which can be downloaded now on the band’s MySpace page, or Damn Glad feels that this CD really showcases what this band is all about with tough grooves, soulful ballads, and dark melodies. You can see Damn Glad live at the Loop Lounge in Passaic Park, NJ, on March 27 or give them a listen at


The kids from the band Reverse Order have some new music up on their MySpace page. The songs posted—“Maybe Memories,” “Don’t Ever Let Go,” and “Remember”—are three of nine songs that can be found on Reverse Order’s self-titled debut CD. The boys recorded the CD at Blackbird Studios in Parsippany, NJ, with engineer Mike Gentile. The CD is available on iTunes or simply by logging onto

Speaking of new tunes, my boys from Killcode have just posted a rough mix of a new song that they recorded called “One And Only.” The new song is actually very catchy and very dirty! I have one question, though: When the hell is the CD coming out, fellas? Catch Killcode with The Compulsions at The Mercury Lounge in NYC on April 11 or give their new track a listen on

And finally, I heard from a very reliable source that there maybe yet another version of the band Split Vision coming to fruition, and being built around guitarists Kevin Frick and Big Tim Allen. I was told that the band might not be called Split Vision, but they will be playing some of the old Split Vision favorites. I can’t really say who will be joining my bros Kevin and Tim in this new band, but there are songs already recorded with vocals about to be laid down. I will let you know more about this project as I hear more about it. For now, you can check

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:
3/5—T.N.A./The Plot Thickens/Bullet Boys—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
3/6—Mercury Morning—Pianos, NYC
3/6—The Bangs—Manny’s, Moonachie, NJ
3/7—Borgo Pass—Fin’s Pub, Oakdale, NY
3/13—BoundAlive CD Release Party—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
3/13—Reverse Order—Shacks Sports Bar, Frenchtown, NJ
3/13—Shadows Lie—O’Brien’s, Coram, NY
3/13—Borgo Pass—Dublin’s Pub, New Hyde Park, NY
3/14—Hybrid Dawn—Sinclair’s, West Babylon, NY
3/15—Reverse Order—V.F.W. (The Break Contest Round 2), Cedar Grove, NJ
3/19—ZO2/Bret Michaels—Mulcahy’s, Wantagh, NY
3/20—God Zero/White Knuckle Battery—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
3/21—Echofission—Buddie’s Tavern, Sayreville, NJ
3/21—Ippy and the Project—Dublin Pub, Morristown, NJ
3/27—Evan Toth and the Excuses—The Brown Room, Cape May, NJ
3/27—Damn Glad—The Loop Lounge, Passaic Park, NJ
3/27—Shadows Lie—O’Brien’s, Coram, NY
3/28—Rahway—Club 35 Player’s Lounge, Sayreville, NJ
3/28—Seven Witches/Autumn Hour/Infernophonic—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
3/29—Shadows Lie—Sullivan Hall, NYC’s Pub, Oakdale, NY