North Jersey Notes: Sweet Cyanide, Trixter, The Compulsions & More!


I was recently turned onto another great band out of New York City that really, really tickled my fancy! They’re also becoming very popular on the newly rejuvenated NYC music scene. The name of the band is Sweet Cyanide, and they totally rock. One of my buds performed with them recently and told me that I needed to check them out. So I did, and the first song that I clicked on was called “Bad Jesus,” a song that I could not get enough of. I actually listened to the song few times. I had to hear more, so next I checked out “Red Rats,” “Walk on Water” and my favorite track “With Friends Like U.” These songs are well produced and extremely rock radio friendly!

Since the release of their critically acclaimed self-titled debut CD in 2009, Sweet Cyanide has been touring relentlessly on a national level becoming a favorite opener for hard rock heavy hitters like Halestorm, Bullet for My Valentine, Pop Evil, Extreme and Charm City Devils. Sweet Cyanide’s continuous touring since 2009 put them in a position to play headlining gigs in NYC. It also earned them a slot as main stage performers at the 2010 Sturgis festival with Hinder, Three Doors Down and Alice in Chains. Sweet Cyanide is made up of singer Sal Scoca, guitarist Angelo Fariello, bassist Joe Salvatore and drummer Mike Bambace.

In July 2010, Sweet Cyanide released their second self-titled CD, Sweet Cyanide II, which is available on iTunes and The songs that I mentioned can be found on this new CD. You need to see this band live, or at least buy their CD. Log onto to find out where they’re playing next!


My bud, Rob Carlyle and his band The Compulsions, recently released two brand new songs off of their long-awaited upcoming CD, Little Devils. The songs “Ya Never Got Me Down” and “She’s So F**kin’ Sexy” were available for download on iTunes until the end of December as a preview for the CD. If you missed your chance to download them, then it looks like you’ll have to wait until The Compulsions release Little Devils sometime this spring! For more info on The Compulsions, log onto

I just found out that 2011 will see a brand new CD from the mighty Trixter! Trixter was one of the only bands from North Jersey who really hit it big, and twenty plus years later, they are back! According to my bro, lead guitarist Steve Brown, the band has already tracked five new songs and apparently ‘it sounds killer!’ Trixter is hoping for a May release date, so be on the lookout for that. For now, you can log onto to buy the twentieth anniversary edition of the band’s self-titled debut CD, which is autographed and remastered, with bonus tracks including a demo version of their hit single “Give It To Me Good.” Steve also warned that Trixter will be back on stages near you in 2011.

And finally, the boys from Endall have recently announced their new singer, Jason Arigoni. I logged onto Jason’s website to hear what he sounded like and the guy’s voice is amazing. Providing things work out with Endall, his voice could catapult them to a whole new level. Jason came from a band called Half Past My Sin, but he also fronts a Rob Zombie Tribute band. Endall will be making their 2011 debut with Jason singing at the School of Rock in Hackensack, NJ on Jan. 23 as part of The Break Contest. For more info about Endall, 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!

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:

1/7—Thank You Scientist/HMS Revenge—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

1/7—Passing Planets—Vibe Lounge, Rockville Centre, NY

1/8—Hands on the Stereo—The Meat Locker, Montclair, NJ

1/8—Cookie Head/Code Red/Mindswitch/Arc of Fire/Locked—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

1/8—Incognito Theory—The Cup Complex, Linden, NJ

1/8—The Compulsions—Don Hill’s, NYC

1/9—Beatrix Kiddo—The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ

1/11—Venus Vegas—The Bitter End, NYC

1/19—Diablo Royale/ZO2/Sweet Cyanide—Canal Room, NYC

1/20—Killcode—Highline Ballroom, NYC

1/22—Passing Planets—Vibe Lounge, Rockville Centre, NY

1/23—Endall—School of Rock, Hackensack, NJ

1/22—Incognito Theory/Diecast—Championship Bar and Grill, Trenton, NJ

1/28—ZO2—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

1/29—Passing Planets—School of Rock East, South Hackensack, NJ