Bands On The Verge 2010: The New Class Various Contributors May 3, 2010 NJ/NY 4 Sour Goat Rock / Reggae / Indie North Plainfield, NJ Formerly Milan, the New Jersey-based musical group’s self-described style is “Roots, rock, reggae with that East Coast sound.” Sour Goat has a modern rock sound that blends varying ethnic musical forms, solid lyrics that tell a story, and a live sound that focuses on jams, sing-along choruses, and classic guitar and drum solos. Upinarms Metal / Hardcore Sayreville, NJ Featuring violent guitar riffs, pulsating double bass, and pit-provoking breakdowns, UIA’s sound is balanced by captivating melodic vocals. This ever-evolving brand of sound proves a truly visceral experience time and time again, leaving their growing fan base salivating for Reflections release. Warhorse Metal / Thrash Rockaway, NJ Formerly LockJaw, Warhorse is an up-and-coming thrash metal band from New Jersey, combining aggressive speed with melody and hooks. Warhorse is comprised of five members who each bring their own unique style and playing abilities to the table. Under Spinning Lights Pop-Punk / Electronica Long Island, NY Party-pop quintet Under Spinning Lights from Long Island, NY, are known for fusing pop-punk and electronica to create tunes that are catchy, energetic, and make you want to dance! These handsome individuals have been compared to Cobra Starship, Forever The Sickest Kids, Breathe Carolina, Owl City, and Cash Cash. Dave Pittenger Rock / Acoustic / Pop New York, NY Dave Pittenger is a NJ native who has toured 26 states and Canada and has shared the stage with bands like Hootie And The Blowfish, Sister Hazel and Blues Traveler. Pittenger is currently writing new material for a new record to be produced by Chris Kuffner (Ingrid Michaelson). For The Record Rock Poughkeepsie, NY For The Record released their debut EP, Fair Love And War, in March and “Push,” the band’s first single, has already gained radio play. With a wide range of influences, their live show is an energetic mix of sing-along melodies and a crowd that always wants more. Memories In Play Acoustic / Pop Punk Long Island, NY Memories In Play fuses cutting edge musicality with innovative songwriting. In an attempt to bring an original yet alternative, pop-punk sound, MIP has combined today’s catchiness without sacrificing musical talent and innovation. “Everyone has their own story to tell, and we feel that music allows us to express ourselves in ways words simply cannot.” Bern And The Brights Indie / New Wave / Shoegaze Montclair, NJ Bern And The Brights are known for their evocative and energetic live show. With radiant chemistry and strong musicianship, they create an infectious, positive emotion that takes over and transforms any room. Their “effortless genre-bending” sound has been compared to artists such as R.E.M., Dave Matthews Band, Jeff Buckley and Coldplay. Marilyn Is Dead Hardcore Electronica Iselin, NJ Move over Chiodos and A Day To Remember; with any luck—Iselin, NJ-based Marilyn Is Dead will have rooms bursting with dancing hardcore kids with a sweet tooth for synths and soaring vocals. Oh, and don’t forget the Cher-worthy bridges that evolve into growling breakdowns. The Accelerators Punk / Pop Punk / Garage Union, NJ The Accelerators, influenced largely by the Ramones, were started by singer/bass player/songwriter Ron Nole in 1981 with talented but troubled lead guitarist John T. Hansen, backed by Dave Ross on drums. The Accelerators have recently completed a new LP, Do You Remember Punk? Sherazada Screamo / Post-Hardcore Bergen County, NJ Sexy as hell, and fueled by an appetite for sausages, destruction and lots of coffee, the New Jersey born band Sherazada is taking the New Jersey music scene by storm. The boys say they have one common goal—Sherazada is on a mission to bring eargasms across the country. Gerald Edward Folk / Rock / Pop Pompton Lakes, NJ Gerald Edward is part of a new generation of singer/songwriters continuing the American rock tradition. At times modern rock, folk pop or blues tinged neo-soul, his songs cut across genres. His sound is comparable to John Mayer, David Gray, Elliott Smith, and The Beatles. 4 Responses Jess May 3, 2010 Washington Square Park <3 Reply josh May 3, 2010 why is washington square park on this list? they sound like every other new jersey punk band that can’t play their instruments or sing in tune Reply Tim May 4, 2010 Don’t hate Josh!!! All of these bands earned their spot by being the best N.J has to offer!!! Reply Sean May 6, 2010 You guys are sleeping on very original band called LET IT GO from NJ! LET IT GO did beat most of these bands in this years Break Contest and played at Bamboozle..Just a thought Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.