North Jersey Notes Updates: Statik Silence, Audio Empire, Tashjian and More!

How about the guys from Statik Silence? They landed quite the cushy gig opening for Sevendust at the Maingate Nightclub in Allentown, PA, on July 25. Of course, the guys, formerly known as Life Without Warning, are no strangers to the Sevendust gang since guitarist Clint Lowery did produce their latest self-titled EP, which is due to be released in September. If you can’t make it out to Allentown on July 25, you can catch my bros David Marin and Andrew Rolloff and Statik Silence with Scarlet Carson at the Clash Bar in Clifton, NJ, on July 19. You can check them out now at

Speaking of name changes, the guys from Audio Machine were recently forced to change their name due to trademark restrictions. Apparently, there was a company out there with the same name and similar logo, so they filed a cease and desist on this little local band out of Jersey! What a bunch of corporate bullies! Needless to say, Facebook and ReverbNation deleted the band’s pages without notice! These legal issues did not hold the group down and last month, they played their first show under their new name, Audio Empire. They’re the same band with a new name! By the way, they will also be sharing the stage with my band BlackOcean this Saturday afternoon (7/20) at the Jersey Shore Music Festival at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, NJ. Just a friendly reminder to buy your tickets! For more on Audio Empire, log onto

An old NJN alum recently emailed me to let me know that they’ve recently completed their full-length CD, Across The Passaic. The name of the band is Tashjian and apparently they felt that I was inaccurate in my assessment of their band. So, I gave a few songs like “Clinton Hill,” “East Orange Vs. Irvington” and “Handouts” off of the new CD a listen to see if my mind changed about this band, and I have to say that it really didn’t. The music is still very interesting and very conservative, but I don’t hate it. I actually enjoyed what I heard. It’s just not something that I would listen to on a regular basis. It’s extremely creative and clever, however! Check out Tashjian for yourself at

Good news for my bros John Kosco and John Eville from Saint Caine! Not only has Saint Caine been added to select dates for the Godsmack tour including a stop at the House Of Blues in Atlantic City on Aug. 8, but they’ve also managed to squeeze in an opening slot with Great White at Bergen PAC in Englewood on Aug. 1. This would be kind of a nice homecoming for Kosco, who is actually from that neck of the woods. Great news on the Godsmack gigs though, boys! Great to see locals on a big tour like that! Check Saint Caine out at

And finally, one of my favorite local metal bands ever is reuniting for a couple of shows this year! I’m talking about my boy Eddie Night and the boys from Ten Feet From Murder. Eddie’s been spending his days with Tim McMurtrie in Murder League All-Stars as of late, but felt it was time to put the band back together! They’ll be making their defiant return next Friday night (7/26) at The Blue Room in Secaucus with our bros Apathy, MARTYRD, Castrofate and The Falling Of Rose. Then on Nov. 29, Ten Feet From Murder will be sharing the stage with E-Town Concrete, 40 Below Summer, Bane and Nora at the newly re-opened Starland Ballroom in Slayerville, NJ. For a refresher course on Ten Feet From Murder, 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:

7/17—The Devil In God—Championship Bar and Grill, Trenton, NJ

7/17—Brand Of Julez/Orianthi—Webster Hall, NYC

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

7/19—Statik Silence/Scarlet Carson—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

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

7/20—Jersey Shore Music Festival (BlackOcean, Audio Empire/Lower The Veil/Xero Gravity/New Theory)—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

7/25—Statik Silence/Sevendust—Maingate Nightclub, Allentown, PA

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

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

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

7/27—Statik Silence—Architekt Music, Butler, NJ

7/27—Decypher/Devilhaus/A Need For Reason/Beyond Visible/InDisguise—Crossroads, Garwood, NJ

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

8/1—Saint Caine—Bergen PAC, Englewood, NJ

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

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

8/3—Apostrophes (Aarius Benefit)—Bayshore Bar and Grill, Hazlet, NJ

8/3—Tarpit Boogie—The Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ

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—Statik Silence—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

8/10—John Rango and Friends—Saddle Brook VFW, Saddle Brook, NJ