North Jersey Notes: Tied In 2, Doomsday Prophecy and More!

TIED IN 2Hoboken, NJ

Tied In 2 singer Leigh Wilson sent me an email letting me know that his band’s EP is on the way via snail mail. I couldn’t wait for the CD to arrive so I logged onto their ReverbNation page,, where I got to hear two songs off of their EP. The tracks, “Friend” and “You” were alternative rock to a T. Both songs were well-written, and I like Leigh’s voice a lot! Only problem is that I think these songs would’ve done much better in the 1990s.

Tied In 2 say that this could be their last opportunity to play in a band that does more than just play shows and release CDs. According to the four band members, they plan on using everything that they’ve learned about the music industry over the years to push Tied In 2 to a level that none of them have ever seen. Tied In 2 is made up of singer Leigh Wilson, guitarist Gabe Orpaz, bassist Lyon Orpaz and drummer Jim Toscano.

The boys from Tied In 2 plan on spending the rest of the summer supporting their self-titled debut EP. So, if you’d like to see the band live, log onto to find out where they’re playing next. You can also log onto that page to hear the tracks “Friend” and “You” off of the EP. If you love alt-rock, you’ll really like these guys!



I need to make a quick mention of my bud Jay Amabile from a YouTube show called The Sexy Armpit. Jay apparently uses my column as research material for his show, which also covers the local music scene. A couple of weeks ago Jay used a few of my quotes during an interview with one of my favorite NYC bands, Panzie*. Thanks for reading, Jay! Check out Jay’s interview with Panzie* on YouTube.

My bro Frank “Uncle Frank” Sommers, who’s been a staple to the North Jersey music scene at every big show, taking pictures and videotaping bands for his Metal Noize TV show, was recently named the general manager of Romulus X Records, which is the brainchild of another one of my buds, Kenny Colgate. Uncle Frank says that he’s very excited to work with this up and coming new record label and its current artists like Voodoo Terror Tribe and InDisguise. He also said that he’ll be looking for new bands to add to the roster in the very near future. Check out Romulus X Records at

And finally, The Doomsday Prophecy recently released a brand new music video for their song “Long Lost Friend,” which was one of my favorite tracks when I first gave the band a listen. The video is actually very cool, and the song really punches you in the teeth. The concept for the video is a little crazy, but it’s a metal video! Check out the new Doomsday Prophecy video now at

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:

7/15—Dead Fish Handshake—The Cup Complex, Linden, NJ

7/16—Livin—Alphabet Lounge, NYC

7/17—Tenpoint—The Great South Bay Music Festival, Patchogue, NY

7/21—Killcode/Charetta—Irving Plaza, NYC

7/21—Tied in 2—Manahawkin Flea Market, Manahawkin, NJ

7/22—The Dirty Pearls/Wildstreet—Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY

7/22—Borgo Pass—The Pool House, Bellmore, NY

7/22—BoundAlive—The Saint, Asbury Park, NJ

7/27—Audio Insight—Maxwell’s, Hoboken, NJ

7/27—Dead Fish Handshake—The Grape Room, Philadelphia, PA

7/28—Sky Picnic—Union Hall, Brooklyn, NY

7/29—Will Killmore—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

7/30—Tied in 2—The Bitter End, NYC

8/3—Borgo Pass—The Crazy Donkey, Farmingdale, NY

8/5—Cycle of Pain/Sekond Skyn—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

8/6—Rockin’ The Lake Festival—Elks Lodge, Pompton Lakes, NJ

8/6—King Kelly—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ