North Jersey Notes: Mother, Geb Zurburg and Audio Insight


My bud Scotty O from the band Piston Driven recently sent a band called Mother over to me because he thought that I would dig their music. Well, Scotty O, good thing you know my taste! After Mother’s drummer Anthony Sciasci sent me an email asking me to give his band a listen as per Scotty O’s suggestion, I immediately did so via the band’s Facebook page,, where I was able to listen to songs like “Digital Monster,” “Smack The Sun,” a song called “Untitled” and a live version of their song “Fear.” If you love guitar-driven hard rock with good vocal melodies, then Mother is just the band that you’ve been looking for.

Mother formed in New York City earlier this year. The band is that new! Their influences range from classical music to ‘90s grunge, and you can definitely hear all of their influences in this unique sound that they’ve created as a band. Mother is currently in the middle of recording their debut EP, which features the songs that I mentioned above. Their single “Digital Monster” really doesn’t show just how powerful their music really is. Mother’s lineup consists of singer/guitarist/pianist Nick Fargo, lead guitarist Mike Gowen, bassist Johnny Bass (what a name!), and drummer Anthony Sciasci.

Though they’re in the middle of recording, Mother is still playing live at venues in the New York City and the Philly area. The best way to understand what Mother is trying to do is to catch them live. So, log onto or to find out where their playing next or to hear some of their upcoming debut EP.



My bro from another mo, Geb Zurburg has officially announced that after 10 years he has parted ways with Echofission to pursue other projects. This month, Geb will be releasing a solo CD called Rosewood and launching his own website,, where you can still download all of his Echofission material and listen to all of his new music as well. Also this month, Geb and his new bride, Jaymie, are releasing a duet CD called The Burgs. So it sounds like there is no shortage of work for Geb outside of Echofission.

Meanwhile, Geb’s former partner-in-crime, John Rango, has been keeping busy with his John Rango And Friends project. Follow Geb and all of his projects at

I know that I just mentioned them last week, but the kids from Audio Insight have really had quite an interesting summer so far. They kicked it off with a performance at the Bamboozle Festival, they’re vying for an opening slot at this year’s Uproar Festival in Camden, NJ, and recently they performed at the enormous Mall of America in Bloomington, MN, as part of this year’s largest indoor Indie Music Festival courtesy of The Indie Music Channel. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, keep up with Audio Insight at

And finally, it looks like my bros from Sekond Skyn are about to unleash their latest opus in the form of an EP called The Rising Tides, which will feature their brand new singer Travis Neal, former lead singer of the band Divine Heresy. You can catch Sekond Skyn with their new frontman live on Aug. 19 at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ with Cycle Of Pain, featuring Black Label Society bassist JD DeServio. Check out Sekond Skyn 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:

8/10—Steve Brown—The Copper Bottom, Florida, NY

8/11—Downcast Theory/Volbeat—Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ

8/11—Steve Brown—The Firehouse Eatery, Rahway, NJ

8/12—Tied in 2—Pavilion Lounge, Budd Lake, NJ

8/13—TENPOINT—The Crazy Donkey, Farmingdale, NY

8/13—Beyond The Element—Pennant East, Bellmawr, NJ

8/13—Cashmier/Knucklebone/Cinderella—Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ

8/13—Steve Brown—The Beachcomber, Seaside Heights, NJ

8/14—Downcast Theory—Architekt Music Studios, Butler, NJ

8/15—Steve Brown—The Beachcomber, Seaside Heights, NJ

8/17—Steve Brown—The Firehouse Eatery, Rahway, NJ

8/18—King Hell!—R Bar, NYC

8/19—Charetta—Moose Lodge, Lindenhurst, NY

8/19—Sekond Skyn/Cycle of Pain/Lords of Mercy—Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ

8/19—Steve Brown—Willie McBrides, Branchburg, NJ

8/20—Charetta—Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ

8/20—Scarlet Carson—The Trocadero Balcony, Philadelphia, PA

8/22—Steve Brown—Dutchman’s, Long Beach Island, NJ

8/23—Steve Brown—The Beachcomber, Seaside Heights, NJ