North Jersey Notes: Madame Mayhem, Darrow Chemical Company, Killcode and More!

Okay, you can call me a sucker for the female lead singers since this is the second week in a row that I am writing about one, and another one from New York City I might add. A friend of mine introduced me to the world of Madame Mayhem. After listening to a few songs like her CD’s title-track, “White Noise,” “Dead Will Rise” and my favorite song, “Save Me,” I felt these tunes sounded a little dated, but what a voice on Madame Mayhem herself! The songs had this ‘80s rock feel, but it was obvious that Miss Mayhem’s voice was the focal point of these songs. She should hook up with Mayhem from Scarlet Carson and call the band Total Mayhem! Now that would be cool! I’ll take 10 percent off the top of that one!

Madame Mayhem began her career in music as a child, performing on stage at an early age, but back then, she was known as Tenafly native Natalie Ann Cohen. She began her musical training at the Manhattan School Of Music and went on to Frost School Of Music at the University Of Miami, where she completed a bachelor’s degree in music—double majoring in classical opera and musical theatre—in only three years! Now this girl is a certified musician! Cohen decided to go with the name Madame Mayhem to describe her in-your-face attitude with her music and on stage performance. She soon began to take the local music scene by storm when her pop rock single “Addicted To You” was featured on my old radio station, Z100, and a few other Clear Channel affiliates in February 2011 on their New Discovered And Uncovered Artist show.

Madame Mayhem released her debut CD, White Noise, this past October on Goosey Night of all nights. The CD was produced by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Mark Hudson and contains the songs that I mentioned earlier. Mayhem and her new live band have been rocking the L.A. club scene at legendary venues like The Roxy and The Viper Room. But back here at home, she’s already performed for a sold-out crowd at The Cutting Room in NYC, where she is currently holding a residency. For more info on Madame Mayhem, check her out at or catch her live at Dingbatz in Clifton on July 26 for a Ladies Of Rock Night with The Dirty Stayouts, Queen V and Sinners. Should be a great night of fem rock!



My bro J.V. Bastard from the group Darrow Chemical Company recently sent me an email about what was going on with the band lately, and it sounds like they have some pretty exciting stuff going on over there. Darrow Chemical Company will be releasing their third EP, Plastic Smile, on July 20, and to support it, DCC will embark on their second self-booked U.S. tour they are calling The Return Of The Touring Dead, which will run from July 26 to September 8 and will be followed by another four-week run in October and November. DCC also won the Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands contest for the Holmdel region and was given the opportunity to play the Holmdel stop on the Vans Warped Tour this past Sunday. Good for these local boys! Check them out at or catch them live at Dingbatz tomorrow night (July 11) or on July 20.

How about the new music videos from some of NYC’s finest? Bands that is! I don’t mean their police department! I just finished watching the new Killcode video for their song “Still Here,” and it rocks! These guys are legit rock stars! Speaking of rock stars, I also watched Queen V’s recently released video for her song “Cry Your Eyes Out,” and I have to say after watching both videos, they were kind of nostalgic. To me, “Still Here” and “Cry Your Eyes Out” were filmed the way videos used to be back when MTV used to play music videos. It was kind of refreshing to see. Check out “Still Here” and “Cry Your Eyes Out” on YouTube.

And finally, just a reminder, the Jersey Shore Music Festival hits FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, NJ, on July 20, and my band BlackOcean will be performing along with a slew of our friends Audio Empire (the band formerly known as Audio Machine, but I’ll explain that next week), Lower The Veil, New Theory, Xero Gravity, Beyond Visible and School Of Rock, just to name a few. This is going to be a huge all-day event. If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, what the hell are you waiting for? Hit up one of the aforementioned bands for discounted tickets or log onto

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:

7/10—Apathy/Sanctuary—The Gramercy Theatre, NYC

7/11—The Blessing Of This Curse/Shallow Waters/As A Matter Of Fact/Half-Witted Dogs/Darrow Chemical Company—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

7/12— Wadada/The Fifth Down/Working Disorder/Sunday Brave/The Heftones/Down To Fox/The Moxies—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

7/13—Borgo Pass/Thunderbrew/.49 Grain/Exist Among—Evenflow, Bayshore, NY

7/13—Xero Gravity—Encore Event Center, Freehold, NJ

7/13—Lieder/The Anderson Council—The Clash Bar, Clifton, NJ

7/13—Dispute To Flames/Strangers Wasted/Stabbing Eden/Spectrum/Stonehaven/Sensory Defect—Le Grande Fromage, Atlantic City, NJ

7/13—Of Earth—Spike Hill, Brooklyn, NY

7/14—The Independence/The Unknown/The Royal Dumonts/The Zombie Mafia/Skunk Daze—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

7/14—Ten Ton Mojo—Just Jake’s, Montclair, NJ

7/18—Mike Tramp/McClinton/Bluesfield.Drive/Rene Avila—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

7/19—Enemy Of Everyone—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

7/20—Jersey Shore Music Festival—FirstEnergy Park, Lakewood, NJ

7/20—Seas Of Wake/The Agonist—Tobacco Road, NYC

7/20—52 Ways /Boneyard/Vagora/The Reanimated/Children Of October/Darrow Chemical Company/Revisited/Switchblade Syndicate/Black Cat Attack/The Doomsday Prophecy/NIM VND/The Serpenteens/The Renfields—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

7/21—Panzie*/Primadonnaz—The Boneyard, Atlantic City, NJ

7/21—Dead By Wednesday/Stagger/Eye Of Anubis/The Mischief Kids—The Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ

7/25—Long Night/The Donner Party/Deception Theory/Seas Of Wake—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

7/26—The Dirty Stayouts/Madame Mayhem/Queen V/Sinners—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

7/26—Ten Feet From Murder/MARTYRD/ Apathy/Seconds To Impact/The Falling Of Rose—The Blue Room, Secaucus, NJ

7/27—Black Water Rising/Eve To Adam/Texas Hippie Coalition—The Gramercy Theatre, NYC

7/28—Invidious/MDMG/The Holy Terror/Xero Gravity—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

8/1—GENERATION KILL (Featuring Rob Dukes of Exodus)/Suffer Your Fate/Thanatotic Desire/Voodoo Prophet—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

8/3—Kosmic Daydream—Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ

8/3—Meatplow—The Legendary Dobbs, Philadelphia, PA

8/4—Major League/Joy Ride/Voted Most Likely/Yes Virginia/Breaking Even/GNGR/Day In Day Our/23 Missed Calls—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

8/8—Static Silence—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ