North Jersey Notes: Kore Rozzik, Atom Strange, Cover Her Face and More!

A couple of months ago, I stopped down at The Blue Room in Secaucus, NJ, to see my bro Scotty O play drums for his cover band, Famous Monsters, but the band that went on before them kind of caught my ear because of their singer’s retro sounding vocals. The name of the band was Kore Rozzik, named after the lead singer, and they were from Flushing, Queens. Guitarists Karlo and Hector were also shining stars in this band, especially on songs like “Kill The Clown” and “There’s No Tomorrow.”

Kore Rozzik is a hard rock singer who hails from the mean streets of Queens and is driven by his charisma, his attitude, and his heart. As a band, Kore Rozzik writes music that fuses ‘80s metal with modern day radio rock! With their music finally where they want it to be, Kore strives to be the next poster boy of hard rock and metal in the vein of Axl Rose and Sebastian Bach, but I have a little tip for Kore—it’s not the ‘80s anymore! There’s no such thing as poster boys like those guys here in 2012! Kore previously fronted a national act called Cirkus From Hell. They were so national, I’ve never even heard of them! Anyway, all that stuff aside, Kore came back into the NYC music scene in the winter of 2009 to promote his own demo, and in one short year, he organized, booked, and headlined many top rock clubs, sharing the stage with some of the city’s elite acts like Seventh Void, my old band, the Ray West Band (and I still don’t remember this kid), the hottie Natasha Komis, King Hell, Eve To Adam, and the extremely awesome, Queen V.

Kore Rozzik, who seems to be on a planet all on his own (and I love it!), kicked off 2012 with some big goals in mind, and one of them is to finally release an official EP to take worldwide—or at least statewide! Backing Kore Rozzik up in his band are guitarists Karlo and Hector, some dude named Dennis on bass, and this other dude named Jack on drums. Apparently, everyone besides Kore only has one name in this band. You can give Kore Rozzik a listen now at



I haven’t heard from my boys Atom Strange in quite a while, and now I know why! They’ve been busy as hell! The word on the street is that they’ll be releasing a live recording before they release their new studio CD. Why? Because they can! In the meantime, Atom Strange is back in the studio putting the finishing touches on their latest opus, which is said to be a much moodier, heavier, and a more versatile masterpiece from Atom Strange yet! One other thing about Atom Strange (I told you they’ve been busy), they’re working on their first music video for a song called “I’m Alive” off of their upcoming CD. Keep your eyes peeled on for the release on all of these up-and-coming things from Atom Strange! Also, watch them share the stage with Eye Empire and Mother on June 7 at Sullivan Hall in NYC.

My new bros from East Rutherford, Cover Her Face have recently released their new CD, Legions Of Savagery, which features new songs like “Groveller,” “Error In Growth” and “Hubris Famine.” The CD is as brutal as the title sounds, meaning it’s hard, heavy and nasty! This isn’t metal! This is heavy friggin’ metal! You can give Legions Of Savagery a listen now at

And finally, my boys from Killed The Fixtion recently emailed me a new track called “Moonlite Blue,” and I thought that it had an interesting groove to it. The song actually reminded me of music from Long Island’s Borgo Pass. It sounds as though the boys from Killed the Fixtion might be heading in a different direction with their music, and so far I have to say that it doesn’t sound like a bad direction. Keep track of my boys 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:

5/24—Steve Brown—Thatcher McGee’s, Denville, NJ

5/24—Atom Strange—Whiskey Bar, Hoboken, NJ

5/24—Lionel Pryor/Hollywood Kills/Gyre—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

5/25—Steve Brown and Dennis Zimmer—The Sandbar, Brielle, NJ

5/26—The Brimstones/The Trash Mavericks/Monster Rat—7 Days Bar and Grill, Union Beach, NJ

5/26—Steve Brown—The Beachcomber Bar, Seaside Heights, NJ

5/27—Steve Brown and the Fallout—The Beachcomber Bar, Seaside Heights, NJ

5/27—Spread Eagle—Arena Rock Club, Queens, NY

5/31—Steve Brown—Pellegrino’s, North Haledon, NJ

6/1—Ten Foot Tall—Triumph Brewing Company, Princeton, NJ

6/1—Knott Rite and Friends/Liquid Orange—7 Days Bar and Grill, Union Beach, NJ

6/1—Steve Brown and the Fallout—Willie McBrides II, Branchburgh, NJ

6/1—Spread Eagle—The Chance, Poughkeepsie, NY

6/2—InDisguise/Fever Vein/BoundAlive—The Cup Complex, Linden, NJ

6/2—Steve Brown and the Fallout—Grasshopper Too, Wayne, NJ

6/2—Dead Fish Handshake (The Sixes CD Release Party)—Architekt Music, Butler, NJ

6/3—Kosmic Daydream—Tenth Street Live, Kenilworth, NJ

6/7—Eye Empire/Mother/Atom Strange—Sullivan Hall, NYC

6/7—Shadowplay—G Lounge, Philadelphia, PA

6/7—Steve Brown Acoustic Trio—Thatcher McGees, Pompton Lakes, NJ

6/8—Darrow Chemical Co./Dead N Wasted/Stillborn Monster Babies—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

6/8—Eye Empire—7 Days Bar and Grill, Union Beach, NJ

6/8—Ghosts of Eden/Charetta—The Brighton Bar, Long Beach , NJ

6/9—Ten Foot Tall—John and Peter’s, New Hope, PA

6/9—Division 1.1—Roxy N Duke, Dunellen, NJ

6/9—Summer Jam Festival—Raceway Park, Englishtown, NJ