North Jersey Notes: State Of Revolution

State Of RevolutionMy friend Lisa, who used to book at the now defunct Dexter’s in Riverdale, NJ, recently emailed me to take a listen to one of her friend’s bands. So because I’ve known Lisa forever, I went over to State Of Revolution’s MySpace page and gave them a listen. They sounded like a lot of fun! I really liked the saxophone in the songs. Any band with a sax player rocks! State Of Revolution is just one of those good ol’ good time rock bands! Songs like “Love Won’t Wait,” “Fire On The Radio,” “One Night Stand,” and their new CD’s title track, “Wild Hearts,” all have this energy that just makes you feel really good about yourself. I would love to see these guys live.

State Of Revolution is a North Jersey rock band that was formed in April 2005 by singer/songwriter/guitarist Kraig Marshall. The band was signed to SOS Records (Exploited/Adicts) about a month after forming. From 2005 to 2006, State Of Revolution was booked in two independent North American tours, with dates that included the Vans Warped Tour. Last year, the band released a DVD called City After City: A Year On Tour In America, which documented the band’s year-long jaunt across America, hence the name of the DVD. State Of Revolution is made up of lead singer and guitarist Kraig Marshall, Sal Latrenta on bass, saxophonist Matt Alinkofsky, back-up singer Sibvon Rose, and drummer Eric Annichiarico.

State Of Revolution just released their second full-length CD, Wild Hearts, which you can almost bet that they will be promoting on the road. The CD is available via iTunes. State Of Revolution has also been performing quite frequently in NYC. They recently received some outstanding feedback for their performance at last year’s M.E.A.N.Y. Fest. You can judge their live show for yourself by going down to The Clash Bar in Clifton, NJ, next Friday night, May 22. If you can’t make that show, you can find out where State Of Revolution is playing next by logging onto


Looks like my brother, Steve Brown, has been keeping busy with his solo acoustic jams and occasional gigs with his band The Fallout and his recently reunited Trixter. In fact, Trixter recently performed at a couple of rock festivals with the likes of Dokken, Skid Row, Bullet Boys, Firehouse, and L.A. Guns. If you haven’t seen the reunited Trixter perform live yet, there are two live DVDs that Steve has posted for sale on the Trixter website, The DVDs are called Live At RockFest and Live At The Myth, and both were filmed during the band’s Givin’ It To Ya Good Reunion Tour last year. Once again, you can buy these DVDs at

My buds from With Daggers Drawn had apparently parted ways with founding member and guitarist, Adam, back in March. The split seemed to be amicable, as Adam wanted to concentrate on his career outside of music. According to With Daggers Drawn’s Twitter page, the band has been rehearsing with local guitar virtuoso, Angel Vivaldi. If this union works out, this would be one sick line-up! With Daggers Drawn also recently posted two new songs on their MySpace page for free download. The songs “Fatal Confession” and “Cast Into Fire” can be heard and downloaded at, where you can also find out where the boys are playing next.

And finally, I recently received an email from an old friend, Elo Hernandez, who used to play in the band But Not Forgotten. Elo is now the bassist and brother-in-law of Soulfly’s Marc Rizzo. Anyway, Elo emailed me to let me know that he’ll be playing with Marc at Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ, this Sunday night MAy 17, where Elo tells me that Marc will be unleashing his new three-piece band, Inpsychobleedia. Elo also said that the band would appeal to fans of both guitar shredders and death metal. Get your asses down to Dingbatz this Sunday and check out Marc’s new project Insychobleedia! Unfortunately, I will be in Vegas gambling the rest of my life savings away. For more info on Insychobleedia, log onto

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:
5/14—Only Living Boy—Bar 46, Hackettstown, NJ
5/14—A True Story—Jimmy’s, Moonachie, NJ
5/15—Black Water Rising/Monster Magnet—The Blender Theater, NYC
5/15—Eden Star/Seeking Through Silence/End Of An Era (CD Release Party)—Clash Bar, Clifton, NJ
5/15—With Daggers Drawn/Bled for Glory—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
5/15—Deathrash/Without End—Cranford Elks Lodge, Cranford, NJ
5/15—Kosmic Daydream—Saints and Sinners (O’Donoghue’s), Hoboken, NJ
5/16—Black Water Rising—Seaside Music Festival, Seaside Heights, NJ
5/16—Martyrd—Ace of Clubs, NYC
5/16—Steve and The Fallout—The Grasshopper Too, Wayne, NJ
5/16—HelenaMaria—Halo Pub, Hamilton Square, NJ
5/17—Insychobleedia (featuring Soulfly’s Marc Rizzo)—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
5/21—A True Story—Jimmy’s, Moonachie, NJ
5/22—Steve and The Fallout—The Beachcomber, Seaside Heights, NJ
5/22—Atom Strange—Arlene’s Grocery, NYC
5/22—A True Story—The Sea Shell, Long Beach Island, NJ
5/22—State of Revolution—The Clash Bar, Clifton, NJ
5/23—Echofission—Mexicali Blues, Teaneck, NJ
5/23—Steve and The Fallout—The Beachcomber, Seaside Heights, NJ
5/28—A True Story—Jimmy’s, Moonachie, NJ
5/29—Eve To Adam—Sullivan Hall, NYC
5/29—Jet Lag Gemini—School of Rock, South Hackensack, NJ
5/29—Atom Strange—The TriTone, Philadelphia, PA
5/29—A True Story—The Fireside, Denville, NJ
5/29—Evan Toth and the Excuses—Mexicali Blues, Teaneck, NJ
5/29—With Daggers Drawn/Black Market Hero—Don Hill’s, NYC
5/30—Shadows Lie—Crash Mansion, NYC
5/30—Kosmic Daydream—The Cornerstone, Carlstadt, NJ
5/30—A True Story—O’Harra’s, Jersey City, NJ
5/30—Saint Caine—Saints and Sinners (O’Donoghue’s), Hoboken, NJ