North Jersey Notes: Ghosts Of Eden, Steve Brown, Echofission And More!


A great hard rock band out of New York City has come across my desk recently. Their name is Ghosts of Eden, and the one thing that I love about New York City is that there is no single type of music that comes out there because of the plethora of different genres. It seems here in Jersey, there is a specific sound that Jersey bands have—then again it might be all in my head. Anyway, Ghosts of Eden reminded of another local New York City band that I’ve written about, Eve to Adam. A few tracks that really caught my attention were “Heartbreak Crutch,” “Eliot Ness” and “Even Violence,” mainly because I loved the bass tones in these songs. Lead singer, Tom’s voice is absolutely strong and spine tingling.

They formed in NYC in 2008, after their previous bands disbanded, these four friends decided that it was time to challenge their creative juices with a project that would become the Ghosts of Eden. They have influences that range from hardcore and metal to ‘80s college rock to ‘90s alternative rock. These influences have helped to create the distinct sound that they have today. In January 2010, Ghosts of Eden would release their debut EP, Ignorance And Lies, which they recorded at my boy Tim Gilles’s place, Big Blue Meanie in Jersey City, NJ. The CD is still available on and iTunes.

Now together for almost three years, Ghosts of Eden have accomplished what some bands are still struggling to accomplish. For instance, they’ve performed numerous shows at Six Flags Great Adventure and they’ve performed a sold out gig at NYC’s Gramercy Theater. They were invited to open for NYC’s own PUi this Friday night, March 18, at the Highline Ballroom. If you want to check out Ghosts of Eden live, buy your tickets now at, where you can also give Ghosts of Eden a quick listen.


Trixter guitarist Steve Brown recently showed up on The Fox News Channel with Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen to perform a new version of the Def Lep classic “Pour Some Sugar on Me” on The Mike Huckabee Show with Mike Huckabee playing bass. If you missed this when it was on TV, I’m sure that it’s on YouTube somewhere! Follow Steve Brown and his happenings on

My bro, Geb, singer and guitarist from the band Echofission, recently released his first single on iTunes under his real name, Geb Zurburg. The song is called “Wakewalking,” and it features Andy Huenerberg on bass, vocal harmonies by Geb’s partner in crime, Jaymie Gerard, and Echofission cohort Jon Abate on drums. The track was recorded and mixed by Ape Fight’s Mod Alien aka Jimmy Ascuitto. Download “Wakewalking” from Geb Zurburg now on iTunes.

And finally, I recently received an email from Steve Quackenbush of the band, Betrayus, letting me know that the band has been spending the last few months writing new songs and demoing new material for their upcoming still-untitled EP. All the while, they continued to perform live where they were able to gauge what songs were good enough to demo. According to Steve, the new material has been receiving some pretty good feedback. You can catch Betrayus live and judge for yourself on March 26 at The VFW in Freehold, NJ. For more info on Betrayus, 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’re all in the same boat, so every little bit of exposure counts!

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

NJN Concert Calendar:

3/16—Steve Brown and Dennis Zimmer—Grasshopper Green, Morristown, NJ

3/17—Steve Brown and Dennis Zimmer—The Firehouse Eatery, Rahway, NJ

3/18—BoundAlive—Pourman’s Pub, Manville, NJ

3/18—Ghosts of Eden—Highline Ballroom, NYC

3/19—Christine Martucci—Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ

3/19—The Fallout—Blackthorn, Parsippany, NJ

3/19—Zombie Mafia—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

3/19—Rahway—Port 41, NYC

3/23—Steve Brown—The Copper Bottom, Florida, NY

3/24—Steve Brown and Dennis Zimmer—The Firehouse Eatery, Rahway, NJ

3/25—King Kelly/Thank You Scientist—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

3/25—Steve Brown—Grasshopper Too, Wayne, NJ

3/26—Charetta—Mulcahy’s, Centereach, NY

3/26—Piston Driven/Magus Beast—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

3/26—Betrayus/Audacity—Freehold VFW, Freehold, NJ

3/30—Steve Brown and Dennis Zimmer—Senorita’s Mexican Grill, Clark, NJ

3/31—Charetta—Mulcahy’s, Wantagh, NY

3/31—Steve Brown and Dennis Zimmer—The Firehouse Eatery, Rahway, NJ

4/1—Betrayus—7 Days Bar and Grill, Union Beach, NJ

4/8—Long Gone Day/Lowdown/Dollhouse Murder—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

4/10—Scarlet Carson—The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ