I recently received an email from Locked Together In Hatred singer Jordan Tuzzeo letting me know about his band. I am still trying to recover from the brutality of the guitar riffs and the pounding of the double bass drums! Holy smokes! I feel like I just got my ass kicked! Believe it or not, Jordan does actually do some singing in the chorus parts, but in the verses of “The Void” and “Hollow Hopes” he is just yelling aggressively. It is nasty!

In 2009, Locked Together In Hatred formed in Paramus, NJ, by four really close buds in singer Jordan, guitarists Jay and Elton, and drummer Sheridan, who all share a common interest in metal. Together they chose to create a sound that would include melodic riff and as they call it, “crusty breakdowns.” By the summer, the tight quartet released a three-song demo titled A Key to Salvation. After the band released the demo, they began playing any venue that would have them. As 2009 came to a close, the band settled on a new bassist in a kid named Moya.

Two years later, Locked Together In Hatred has seen their following grow even more in the Northeast, so obviously it was time to take things seriously as a band since fans have been asking about merch like t-shirts and CDs. Well, I’m not sure about the t-shirts, but they recently released their brand new CD, The Void. You can give these guys a listen at reverbnation.com/lockedtogetherinhatred. The only advice I have for these guys is shorten your damn name! It’s too long!



A couple of weeks ago we heard Geb Zurburg’s side of the Echofission split, so it was only a matter of time that I would hear from the other co-founder of Echofission and my high school bud John Rango. According to John, the band officially played its last show in September of 2010 at The Evolve Music Festival in Vernon, NJ, and it’s been separate projects for Geb and John ever since. John also said that he’s been working on his current project, John Rango and Friends since 2005. He promises a better name and a website in the coming months, and also promises that he will keep the John Rango and Friends project a rotating line-up with a rotating set list of songs to keep the shows fun. I’ll keep you posted on John’s new site.

Speaking Geb Zurburg, he recently released a CD called Mod Sessions Retrospective 2003-2006, which is a CD of 22 songs that Geb recorded with producer Jimmy “Mod Alien” Ascuitto from 2003-2006. Geb says the CD is a precursor to his upcoming solo release, Rosewood. You can learn more about Geb at gebzurburg.com, where you can also purchase Mod Sessions Retrospective 2003-2006.

And finally, just a quick reminder of a couple of great shows that you might see me at this weekend. First, this Friday night (Aug. 26) at The Brighton Bar in Long Branch, NJ, my bros Rahway and In Disguise will be opening for The BulletBoys. Yes, that hair band with singer Marq Torien who did a pretty rocking cover of that song “For The Love Of Money” back in the ‘80s. Then on Saturday night (Aug. 27), my boys from Dead Fish Handshake will be performing in Atlantic City, NJ, at a club called The Boneyard. I do hope it’s not a gay bar. Not that there’s anything wrong with that!

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 tim@theaquarian.com, 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:

8/24—Steve Brown—The Copper Bottom, Florida, NY

8/25—Tied in 2—Manahawkin Flea Market, Manahawkin, NJ

8/25—Steve Brown—The Firehouse Eatery, Rahway, NJ

8/26—In Disguise/The BulletBoys/Rahway—The Brighton Bar, Long Beach, NJ

8/26—Charetta—Mulcahy’s, Wantagh, NY

8/27—Dead Fish Handshake—The Boneyard, Atlantic City, NJ

8/27—Steve Brown—The Beachcomber, Seaside Heights, NJ

8/27—Midnight Mosaic—Kenny’s Castaways, NYC

8/28—Kittie/Voodoo Terror Tribe—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

8/30—Steve Brown—The Beachcomber, Seaside Heights, NJ

9/2—Charetta—The Legendary Dobbs, Philadelphia, PA

9/3—Tied in 2/Charetta/Dead Fish Handshake—The Saint, Asbury Park, NJ

9/4—Locked Together in Hatred—Knitting Factory Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

9/9—Borgo Pass—The Pennant East, Bellmawr, NJ


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