North Jersey Notes: The Tattoo Rebellion, Blue Food, Voodoo Terror Tribe and More!

One band that’s really tickled my fancy recently is a band called The Tattoo Rebellion. I’ve seen their name a few times on event invites on Facebook, but have never really checked them out until recently; and I think these guys rock! What drew me to them was their name, since I’m also the writer of our Inked Out column. I went on the band’s page,, to hear the songs “In A Rock Band,” “Love Riot” and “I Always Knew,” which were just raw and fun rock songs with some amazing harmonies in the choruses that make you want to sing for days. I think that’s the best way to describe this band!

Lead guitarist Viko Rain left his Montreal-based band, Sign Of One, and his beloved city to make a move to NYC, the only place where if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere; he joined NYC’s Tragic Orange and was introduced to lead singer, Phill Harmonik. Together, Viko and Phill wrote and produced music for Tragic Orange right up until 2010, when the band split up. Viko returned home to Montreal and let his friends and former bandmates have a listen to what he worked on in NYC. Drummer Peter “Taza” Tzaferis and bassist Kevin Mieszczyk fell in love with the material and wanted in and thus, The Tattoo Rebellion was born.

With three-quarters of the band from Montreal, there was a lot of back and forth, but the band was able to make their self-titled debut CD a reality. The disc is just about ready to be released via iTunes, and to help kick things off, The Tattoo Rebellion chose “In A Rock Band” to be their lead-off single with a music video to soon follow. Now, I haven’t seen these guys live yet, but I’m sure that many of you will want to after hearing their music! To find out where they’re playing next and to give them a listen, go to



The gang from Blue Food finally released their debut CD, Engines, which features the super funky tracks “Boogieman,” “Seeds,” and “Waterwalking.” If you don’t remember Blue Food, they’re a local Chili Pepper-esque funk band that really jams! Check them out at and buy their debut CD, Engines.

My bros from Voodoo Terror Tribe are currently wrapping up a quick Southern regional tour that started in Maryland and ended in Florida. They’ll be heading back into the studio to put the finishing touches on the follow-up to their CD, Stands To Reason, which they hope to have out before the end of 2012. For more info on Voodoo Terror Tribe, log onto

And finally, the revolving door in the Dave Incognito band continues as drummer Tim Protsman has left InDisguise due to personal and unfortunate events in his life. In moving forward, Dave and company have tapped another friend of the band, Frank James Palmari, to take over Tim’s throne. You can catch Frank’s first show as InDisguise’s drummer this Saturday night (9/22) at La Grand Fromage in Atlantic City. For more on the group, check out

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:

9/19—Steve Brown and Dennis Zimmer—The Orange Lantern, Paramus, NJ

9/20—The Latanza Heist/Stagger/Sydbarret/Negative Sky—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

9/22—Exxplorer—The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ

9/22—Sundown Conspiracy/Seas Of Wake—The Loop Lounge, Passaic Park, NJ

9/22—Borgo Pass—The Hub Billiard Club, Island Park, NY

9/22—InDisguise—La Grand Fromage, Atlantic City, NJ

9/26—Steve Brown—Grasshopper Off The Green, Morristown, NJ

9/27—Battlecross/The Doomsday Prophecy/Ashes Of Your Enemy/Watchworks—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

9/28—Life Without Warning/Dead Fish Handshake/Saving Abel—Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ

9/28—Steve Brown and Dennis Zimmer—The Sand Bar, Brielle, NJ

9/29—Syka/Darkness Descends—Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ

9/29—Knucklebone/Trixter—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

9/29—Monstrocity/Abacinate/Fit For An Autopsy/Dysentery/Hivesmasher/Cognitive/Augment/Carnavarice Breath—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

9/29—The Steve Bello Band—Brighton Bar, Long Banch, NJ

9/29—Steve Brown—Grasshopper Also, Carlstadt, NJ

9/30—The John Rango Band—Elks Lodge, Pompton Lakes, NJ

10/5—The Tattoo Rebellion—The Delancey, NYC

10/5—Pool Of Thorns/InDisguise—The Blue Room, Secaucus, NJ

10/6—Lords Of Mercy/Accept—Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ

10/6—Ripface Invasion—No Quarter, Brooklyn, NY

10/12—Steve Brown—The Orange Lantern, Paramus, NJ

10/12—Dead Fish Handshake—Architekt, Butler, NJ

10/12—Lower The Veil—The Strand Theater, Lakewood, NJ

10/13—Saint Caine—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

10/13—Julius Seizure—Marz Bar and Grille, Phillipsburg, NJ