North Jersey Notes: Luminis And Echofission!

LUMINIS—Springfield, NJ

Luminis singer Tara Oritz emailed me recently looking for coverage for her band. I went and gave Luminis a quick listen and found them to be rather interesting. The music was heavy at times with some really melodic and mellow changes and powerful, almost operatic, vocals from Tara. Personally, this type of music is not something that I would listen to, but I do respect what they’re doing. The songs “Into My Sin,” “Nightfall Child” and “The Other Side Of The Mirror” off of Luminis’s recent EP, From Within, really showcase Tara’s voice, which wouldn’t sound too bad on Broadway.

Luminis is a Springfield, NJ-based gothic/symphonic metal band that formed in 2005. The band started out as a cover and tribute band but has since become all-original. Luminis’s two core members, Tara and drummer Steve, write and record all of the band’s songs. They recently released From Within, and plan to record their first full‐length CD later this year.

When it comes to playing live, Luminis adds a guitarist named Andre. They recently brought their show to the Clash Bar in Clifton, NJ, when they performed with my buds, Flames of Fury. If you want to give Luminis a listen and are into the goth-rock thing, log onto


John Rango from the band Echofission will be bringing his very popular side-project, John Rango and Friends, to the ReBar in Lodi, NJ on Friday, April 15. John’s friends will include bassist Matty Aderhold, drummer Jon Abate, Ken Sidotti on the keyboard and moog, and guitarist and vocalist Steve Leonard. John Rango and Friends will be performing Echofission originals mixed in with some of the band’s favorite cover songs. It sounds like it could be a fun night with even more special guests to be added. For more info, 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:

4/15—Konia—The Clash Bar, Clifton, NJ

4/15—Dead Fish Handshake—The Cup Complex, Linden, NJ

4/15—John Rango and Friends—ReBar, Lodi, NJ

4/15—Skid Row/Trimm/Cashmier/The Jersey Syndicate—The Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ

4/15—Full Moon Fever—The Dublin Pub, Morristown, NJ

4/16—Will KIllmore—Olive’s, Nyack, NY

4/22—(Damn) This Desert Air—The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY

4/22—Ghosts of Eden—Klub 45 Room, NYC

4/22—Lyken21/A Pale Horse Named Death/Seventh Void/Mindswitch—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

4/29—Charetta—Ace of Clubs, NYC

4/29—Trixter/9 Circles/Jaded Past/100 to One—Murphy’s Third Rail, Dover, NJ