I recently received an email from a band called Hoodless out of Jersey City, NJ, letting me know about their gig at The Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ, opening for Fuel. Unfortunately, that email came in too late for me to include in this column. I figured I’d give them a listen anyhow, and see what they were about. Total rock ‘n’ roll brilliance, apparently! Hoodless singer Twon has an amazing voice. This guy is no joke! Songs like “Say It Loud,” “Down” and “Waiting,” off of the band’s CD, Music For Jerks, really won me over. One critic compared Twon’s voice to Faith No More singer Mike Patton, and at times, I did hear that too.
Before Twon, Hoodless, who is made up of bassist and founder B Lee, guitarists Finn and Paulie and drummer Carter, had another lead singer and previously had their music video for the song “Don’t Waste My Time” featured on HBO, which helped them cement a solid work relationship with Andy Hilfiger Entertainment. Unfortunately, their original singer couldn’t handle the stress of the music business and had to leave the band. Hoodless searched the entire globe for a new frontman but nobody seemed to fit what they were looking for. Just when they were about to give up all hope, Twon appeared, and the band begged him to join. Since then, the newly complete band of misfits worked tirelessly for about a year and a half to record their CD, which they released last September.
The boys from Hoodless have been touring extensively in support of Music For Jerks,winning crowds over wherever they perform. Plus, the CD is getting spins on over 120 stations around the country! Trust me, these guys will not be on the market long; a label will pick them up sooner rather than later. Give Hoodless a listen at hoodlessrocks.com.
NORTH JERSEY NOTES UPDATES:
Congrats go out to my bud and former Echofission singer and guitarist, Geb Zurburg and his wife, Jaymie, on the recent birth of their son, Samuel Gebhardt Zurburg! Little Sam was born on Sept. 4, and the good news just keeps on rolling for Geb, as he also recently released his very first solo CD, Rosewood. You can purchase Geb’s debut CD at gebzurburg.com, and please do! Geb’s got a new baby to support these days.
My bro, Emir Erkal from Voodoo Terror Tribe, recently emailed me a copy of the band’s new single, “Masquerade,” off of their upcoming EP, Stands To Reason. This song is a metal song right to the end. Musically, it’s technically sound, and vocally, for some very strange reason, singer Gil Pz reminded me of the singer from that old Japanese hair band E-Z-O, Masaki Yamada. Don’t ask me why.
And finally, my bro, Dave Incognito and his boys InDisguise recently released the first single off of their upcoming CD, Ashes Divide. The single is called “Soil Burns” and it’s not bad. It might be the best that I’ve heard Dave’s voice yet. Ashes Divide hits shelves this winter. Find out more about them at reverbnation.com/indisguisemusic.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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:
9/29—Borgo Pass—Saint Vitus Bar, Brooklyn, NY
9/30—Steve Brown and the Fallout—Blackthorn, Parsippany, NJ
9/30—The Dirty Stayouts—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
9/30—John Rango (acoustic show)—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ
10/1—Seas of Wake/Sundown Conspiracy—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
10/1—Thank You Scientest/East of the Wall/Jolly—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ