North Jersey Notes Updates: Set It Free, Pheroze, She Said Fire and More!

The guys from Set It Free just got some big news! Their song “Home Alive” is being featured on the iPhone app Tap Tap Tour, a mobile music game featuring songs from all of today’s hottest artists! That is awesome! You can download a free version of the game in your “app store.” Set It Free’s latest CD, Don’t Stand Alone, will be available on iTunes shortly. For now, you can check out their music video for the title-track at or visit them at

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that my brother from another mother, Jeff Hardee, who was my drummer in Hostel Inc. and Sik Twisted Smile, has found himself in a great new band from New York City called Pheroze. The group will be releasing their new EP, Ennui, on April 23, with an EP release party at The Bowery Electric in NYC. You have to keep an eye on these guys! They are awesome! Check them out at

The gang from NYC’s She Said Fire released their first single off their upcoming debut EP, Boom! The song is called “Funhouse,” and that it is! Well, actually it’s a fun song, and singer Joshua Hawksley’s vocals are pretty impressive on this lead-off single. The band promises that “Funhouse” is only the beginning! Catch She Said Fire live this Friday night (4/12) at Webster Hall for their EP release party. Also performing will be Santino Noir (former lead singer of Scarlet Carson), January Jane, Midnight Mob, and Brand Of Julez. “Funhouse” is available now on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and wherever else you can download music. For more info on She Said Fire, log onto

My new buds from the Hoboken-based metal band Iratetion are about to release a brand new single called “In Blood You Drown.” The song, as well as their previous work, was produced by Ill Niño singer Cristian Machado and bassist Laz Pina at their Soundwars Studios in Hoboken. Iratetion are planning to release “In Blood You Drown” on April 30 with a free download via For more info about Iratetion or to give them a listen, log onto

And finally, the big show this weekend is at Dingbatz in Clifton on Friday night (4/12). JD DeServio from Black Label Society will be bringing his band Cycle Of Pain into town with my bros Black Water Rising, Sekond Skyn, and my band BlackOcean in tow. My boys BlackOcean will be kicking off the night, followed by the new and improved Sekond Skyn, and then Black Water Rising will be unleashing some new material on your asses. Cycle Of Pain will obviously headline the evening and I’m sure the NJ Chapter of the Black Label Society will be in the house, so get your asses there early. This is one show you won’t want to miss and I’m not just saying that because I’m on the bill. Just look at the lineup! Plus, legendary rock deejay Alex Kayne will be spinning the rock all night long! Check out my band BlackOcean 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:

4/11—Steve Brown and Terry Farley—Thatcher McGhee’s, Denville, NJ

4/11—Thy Will Be Done/Slam One Down—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

4/12—Cycle Of Pain/Black Water Rising/Sekond Skyn/BlackOcean—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

4/12—Batten Down The Hatches—Holmdel Firehouse, Holmdel, NJ

4/12—Kosmic Daydream/Stellar Ego/Whale Blue Eye—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

4/12—She Said Fire/Santino Noir/January Jane/Midnight Mob/Brand Of Julez—The Studio at Webster Hall, NYC

4/13—Meatplow—Le Grand Fromage, Atlantic City, NJ

4/13—Aurin/Smile Empty Soul/Hurt—The Backstage at Championship Bar and Grill, Trenton, NJ

4/13—Sexy Heroes/Brand Of Julez/Earthbound/Trnzprnt/Mindfire—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

4/13—Don Dokken/Trimm—Crossroads, Garwood, NJ

4/13—Crash Diet/PUi/Crucified Barbara/Wildstreet/Nasty Habit/Snakeskin Whiskey—The Gramercy Theatre, NYC

4/18—Suffer Your Fate/Rebel Ink—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

4/19—Batten Down The Hatches—Ramapo College, Ramapo, NJ

4/19—BoundAlive/Bad Dog Bad—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

4/19—Sweet Cyanide/Kore Rozzik—The Paper Box, Brooklyn, NY

4/20—Steve Brown and the Fallout—The Grasshopper Too, Wayne, NJ

4/20—Johnny Sidedshow and The Feejee Mermaids/The Unknown/Halfwitted Dogs/Looney Tunes—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

4/23—Pheroze—Bowery Electric, NYC

4/25—Bound By Substance/Purple Pam and the Flesh Eaters/Crush Of Empires/Race To Dawn/Super Gravity/Metric Halo—The Studio at Webster Hall, NYC

4/26—End Of An Era—The Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ

4/26—40 Below Summer/Seas Of Wake/Aurin/Malvador—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

4/27—Iratetion—The Clash Bar, Clifton, NJ

4/27—40 Below Summer/Julius Seizure/Thanatotic Desire/Pralaya/Ironbound—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

5/2—Borgo Pass/Seether—The Emporium, Patchogue, NY

5/2—Tuff—The Rebel Rock Bar, Philadelphia, PA

5/2—Ashes Of Your Enemy/Seas Of Wake/The Doomsday Prophecy/Shadows Of Dawn/Scars Of Envy—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

5/3—Warrior Soul/Road Machine/Goon Saloon—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

5/4—Tuff/Psychoprism/Summers—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

5/5—Red Lamb/Sinners/Pyramada/InDisguise/Aurin/Operatika/Natural Born Losers—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

5/10—Queen V/Trailer Park Mafia/Big Hair Daze—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

5/11—The Rods/Lords Of Mercy/Raven/Anvil/T.T. Quick/Twisted Sister—The Encore, Freehold, NJ