North Jersey Notes: The Zombie Mafia, Christa Renee, Evan Toth And More


Sayreville, NJ

One band that maybe I should’ve featured around Halloween was a band called The Zombie Mafia. I found out about these guys through Joe and Crystal Cattano down at Aarius Studios in Sayreville, NJ, when Joe and Crystal featured them on one of their reality show episodes. I decided to finally give them a listen, and if you’re into bands like The Misfits, Motorhead or King Diamond, then you will love these guys. Personally, not my cup of tea, but it might be yours. I got to hear a few songs off of The Zombie Mafia’s latest CD, The Devilbat Chronicles, which I thought were pretty interesting. Songs that stood out on the CD included “Devilbat,” “Desire,” “Graffiti on Your Grave” and “Bones.”

The Zombie Mafia was formed by guitarists 45 Dave and Zombie Alex in January of 2007. After completing their lineup, the band began showcasing music all throughout New Jersey. After opening a show for the Misfits on Halloween in 2007, The Zombie Mafia proved that they were here to stay. Since that high-profile show, more came to make The Zombie Mafia a powerful and significantly popular live band. In 2008, the band released their first full-length CD, All This And Rigor Mortis, which they self-produced and put out on their label, Pitonattack Records. In 2009, The Zombie Mafia was struck with a major blow when they lost their singer and their guitarist and co-founder. The band has since retooled and the 2010 lineup looks like this: Jared Sin on vocals, 45 Dave and Handsome Ed Cicchi on the guitars, Count Josferatu on bass, and A1 Bold on the drums.

The Zombie Mafia is currently promoting their latest CD The Devilbat Chronicles with shows all over the North Jersey region. They were recently added to a great bill at Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ on Dec. 18 opening for Anthrax singer Joey Belladonna and Black Water Rising. If you want more info on The Zombie Mafia or to give them a listen, log onto

The Christa Renee Band, whom I wrote about a few months back, recently went into the studio to record her upcoming EP, For The People. She hopes to release the EP sometime this spring. If you want to hear some live recordings of the Christa Renee Band, log onto or catch them live at The National Underground in NYC on December 4.

Evan Toth sounds like he’s ready to get back on the horse. He will be bringing his rock show to Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ on Dec. 17 with drummer Ron Zampini and bassist Jeff Constantine in tow to open for NJ rocker and filmmaker, Jay Della Valle, who will be officially releasing his latest opus, The Terminology Of The Situation Is….. that night. For more info on this amazing show, log onto

And finally, the boys from Filter Effect just landed a huge gig at The Crocodile Rock in Allentown, PA opening for Metal legend Rob Halford. This show will be a sure sell-out since it will be Halford’s last stop on the east coast. For tickets and more info on this gig, log onto

That’s all for now! If your band is from North Jersey, and you want some exposure, send your press kits to Arts Weekly, c/o Tim Louie P.O. Box 1140 Little Falls, NJ 07424, or you can email me at, where you can also let me know where you’re performing next. No cover bands, please!

Just remember, we are all in the same boat, so every little bit of exposure counts!

Tim Louie is the author of S**t Happens.

NJN Concert Calendar:

11/24—Mucky Pup/Murphy’s Law—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

11/24—Life Without Warning—Architekt Music, Butler, NJ

11/26—Trixter/Jersey Syndicate/Knucklebone—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

11/27—Rahway—The Fixx, Red Bank, NJ

11/27—Steve Brown and the Fallout—The Firehouse Eatery and Pub, Rahway, NJ

12/3—Kosmic Daydream—The Clash Bar, Clifton, NJ

12/3—Della Valle—Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC

12/3—With Daggers Drawn/Nonpoint/In This Moment/Taking Dawn—Santos Party House, NYC

12/4—Filter Effect/Rob Halford—Crocodile Rock, Allentown, PA

12/4—Christa Renee/Daylow—National Underground, NYC

12/4—Anaka—Don Hill’s, NYC

12/4—Borgo Pass—Jugs and Strokers, Merrick, NY

12/8—Third Kind—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

12/9—Val Emmich/Reverse Order—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

12/10—Shat/Piston Driven/Boundalive—Ding Batz, Clifton, NJ