North Jersey Notes: New Theory, Black Water Rising, Panzie* and More!

One local Jersey band that I am absolutely obsessed with lately is a group called New Theory out of Port Monmouth, NJ. The harmonies, the melodies, and the heaviness of their songs really gave me wood. One of the act’s they claim to sound like is Tool and I have to admit that they were pretty dead-on with that assessment, but there’s also something very original about their music. This stuff is great! I loved a few of their songs and have not been able to stop listening to them. I really liked a track called “Not The Wiser,” but the songs “Lost” and “Condemnation” also tickled my fancy.

New Theory formed back in 2004 with one goal in mind: create music that was melodically heavy. The only way to create this sound was through the powerful vocals of singer Steven Miller, the dark and driving riffs of Karl Myiow, the tone-acious bass sounds of Sean Murray, and the thunderous drumming of Tom Fitzgibbon. Together, this Central Jersey quartet created a sound that has been compared to bands like A Perfect Circle, Staind and Alice In Chains. After doing much touring and getting their name out, the band seems to continually add to their constantly growing following. Last summer, they released their third CD, Premonition, which garnered them an even larger fanbase.

New Theory have recently entered the studio to start laying down tracks for their upcoming fourth CD. They’re expected to play this year’s Jersey Shore Music And Arts Festival at Blue Claws Stadium in Lakewood, NJ, on July 20, sharing the stage with my band, BlackOcean. I can’t wait to check these guys out live. Give them a listen if you dare! I doubt you’ll be able to stop. Hear them at



I know that I just mentioned them a couple of weeks ago, but my bros from Black Water Rising recently released their new single, “Show No Mercy,” off of their long-awaited sophomore effort. The song totally rocks, but seriously, does that shock anybody? Black Water Rising never cease to amaze me with their riff-tastic songwriting, and now that my old guitar player Dennis Kimak is in the band, they’re more riff-driven than ever! Check out “Show No Mercy” now on YouTube or download it from iTunes.

Speaking of new music, my brothers from Panzie* just posted some live video footage of a brand new song called “Hand Of God.” It’s another great song from NYC’s sleaziest! I’m so excited to be hearing such great new music coming out the NYC/NJ music scene right now. I just wish the rest of the country can hear what’s going on out here. Be sure to catch BlackOcean, Audio Machine and Lower The Veil doing a slew of shows with Panzie* this June. Give “Hands Of God” a listen now at

And finally, speaking of Audio Machine, singer David Marcus will be dropping his solo EP, Songs Without Meaning, digitally on June 4. If Dave’s work on the Audio Machine songs is any indication of his solo work, this should be an amazing CD. Dave is one of the best and most impressive young singers on the scene right now and I think everyone needs a taste of the Marcus! Check Dave’s music out 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:

5/8—Dreams Of Scipio/Dread The Woods/Deadzone—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

5/9—Lionel Pryor/Gyre/Torrential Downpour/Make Them Remember—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

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

5/10—The English Lie/Sam Hall/The Donner Party/Kindofis—Tenth Street Live, Kenilworth, NJ

5/10—Don Ryan/Baby/The Sandpits/Asphalt Green/Citrus Distress—Maxwell’s, Hoboken, NJ

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

5/13—September Mourning/Screaming For Silence/SYKA—Tammany Hall, NYC

5/13—A Guy Named Guy/Survey Says/Keebler Can’t Color/A Midnight Tragedy/The Sandpits/Surviving The Suburbs—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

5/15—3 Years Hollow/Another Lost Year/Static Silence/InDisguise—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

5/16—Under Command/Roargh/Hail harbor/Seconds To Impact—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

5/18—Killcode/Anaka/Electric Black Horse/Brand Of Julez/Eva And Her Virgins—The Gramercy Theatre, NYC

5/18—Dive/Enemy Of Everyone/MOTHER/Tamerlane—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

5/18—Kosmic Daydream—Pier A Park, Hoboken, NJ

5/19—Darrow Chemical Company/Children Of October/Half Witted Dogs—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

5/23—The 39/Empire Escorts—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

5/24—Devilhaus/The Accelerators/The Disconnects/Ingrid and the Defectors—Tenth Street Live, Kenilworth, NJ

5/25—Dark Empire/A Sound Of Thunder/Operatika Element/Exorbitance—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

5/31—Sully Erna/John Kosco—The State Theater, New Brunswick, NJ (rescheduled date)

5/31—Solfire/Casualty/The Erotics/Ten Ton Mojo/The Republik—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

6/1—Lower The Veil/BlackOcean/Audio Machine/Panzie*–Voices Rock Club, Lowell, MA

6/1—Atom Strange—The Legendary Dobbs, Philadelphia, PA

6/1—Accelerstors/6 TO 8 Mathmatics/the Royal Dumonts—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

6/2—Bobaflex/Kore Rozzik/Broken By Chance/Metal Disorder—Tenth Street Live, Kenilworth, NJ

6/2—The Dirty Stayouts/Trailer Park Mafia/Natural Born Losers/Bluesfield Drive/Sinners—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

6/8—Charetta—Irving Plaza, NYC

6/8—Vision/Arrogant Response/Ogre—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

6/9—Seas Of Wake/Thanatotic Desire/Beyond Dishonor/My Iron Heart/Oceans Of Illusions—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

6/14—Lower The Veil/BlackOcean/Audio Machine/Panzie*/Scarlet Carson—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

6/22—Charetta—Even Flow Bar and Grill, Bayshore, NY

6/28—Kosmic Daydream—Hat City Kitchen, Orange, NJ