North Jersey Notes: Madysin Hatter, Trimm, Park Ape and More!

I recently received an email from a chick named Madysin Hatter, who read my column a few weeks ago and said she was “pretty stoked” to see that The Compulsions are recording a new CD. As she wrote this, she quickly segued into a plug about her own band, which is named after her. Hatter said she snail-mailed me a CD, but to be honest with all of you, I don’t get up to The Aquarian office too much these days, so if you snail-mail me your CD, I might not get it until next year. You might have to email me some links to hear your music. Anyway, I clicked a few of the links Madysin sent me and was pleasantly surprised by the music and voice that I got to hear. I listened to songs like “Gypsy Rock,” which is her latest single off her Pretty Little Fool EP, “War” and a track called “Stay Away,” and I have to say that I felt her songs had a rock feel to them, but her vocal tone reminded me of Sarah McLachlan singing rock music. She made it work and the songs were pretty solid.

Madysin Hatter is originally from Livingston, NJ. She moved out to Los Angeles, CA to study at the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. Madysin returned to the dirty Jerz, where she currently lives and works. She began singing and writing music as a young girl and has a solid background in musical theater. She was even in the Broadway revival of Show Boat for almost three years. As a kid, she listened to show tunes and ‘50s music, but it wasn’t until she stumbled upon her parents’ old record collection that she fell in love with rock music. Madysin’s bio states that bands like Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses, Fleetwood Mac, Pat Benatar, Nirvana, Sheryl Crow, Heart, Jem And The Holograms (yes, the cartoon) and Led Zeppelin were all major influences to her. Since moving back to Jersey, Hatter and her band began making a name for themselves at various rock clubs on the NYC/NJ music scene.

Since 2010, Hatter has self-released seven CDs, with six of them available on iTunes. She recently released another single for her song “Rocky Road” off of her Pretty Little Fool EP. If you’d like to check out Madysin Hatter live, she and her band will be at Dingbatz on October 26 opening for Rivera Bomma. Can’t make the show? Check her out at, where you can hear what the fuss is all about.



A couple of weeks ago, my old SikTwisted Smile bandmates Adrian Freyre and Gerard DiNola put together their old band Trimm for the grand re-opening of the Starland Ballroom, where they were given the opportunity to open for Stone Temple Pilots featuring Chester Bennington from Linkin Park. Not only was it cool to see Trimm on stage again, but it was cool to see that an actual Jersey band was the first to grace the stage of the new and improved Starland Ballroom. I’m not sure that Trimm is back for good, but I’m sure we’ll be seeing them for big shows like these. Stay in touch with Trimm at

My bass brother Mike Mayhem, who some of you may recognize from the band Scarlet Carson, recently sent me a message on Facebook to let me know that as well as maintaining his position in Scarlet Carson, he is also in a couple of other projects. He’s playing bass in a band called Park Ape, who is opening for (hed)p.e. and Cheyne And Matthew Thorsen next Tuesday night (9/24) at Championship Bar and Grill in Trenton, NJ. Mayhem says he’s also in the middle of putting together a project where he will be the lead singer, so we look forward to hearing more about that. For now, you can catch Mayhem with Scarlet Carson this Saturday night (9/21) at The Saint in Asbury Park with Black Tooth Grin and Oceansend. For more on Scarlet Carson, log onto

And finally, don’t forget to check out my new buds, The Devil In God, tomorrow night (9/19) at The Brighton Bar, where they’ll open for the legendary Raven along with Midnite Hellion and Thrashole. This should be an amazing show, so get your asses to the Brighton tomorrow night. Check out The Devil In God 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:

9/19—The Devil In God/Raven/Thrashole/Midnite Hellion—The Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ

9/20—Thank You Scientist / Ku’on/Mörglbl—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

9/20—Pralaya—Connolly’s Klub, NYC

9/21—Joe Lyn Turner—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

9/21—Scarlet Carson/Black Tooth Grin/Oceansend—The Saint, Asbury Park, NJ

9/21—Neologic/Tarpit Boogie/Morningside Lane—Clash Bar, Clifton, NJ

9/21—Resurrected 1:16/Xero Gravity/44/Brand Of Julez—Sleepy Hollow Restaurant and Pub, West Creek, NJ

9/24—Park Ape/(hed)p.e./Cheyne And Matthew Thorsen—Championship Bar and Grill, Trenton, NJ

9/26—Rhino Bucket/Scattered Hamlet—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

9/27—Ashes Of Your Enemy/Ixion Lux/Stingy Jack/The Devil In God—Court Tavern, New Brunswick, NJ

9/27—Steve Bello Band/Freak Of The Day/The Holy Goats/Rapid Fire/Red Reyne—Roxy and Duke’s Roadhouse, Dunellen, NJ

9/27—Black Angels/DevilHaus/Looney Tunes—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

10/2—Eye Empire/True Becoming/Ghosts Of Eden/Statik Silence/Beyond Visible—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

10/2—Hookers ‘N’ Blow/Queen V—Bowery Electric, NYC

10/3—Hookers ‘N’ Blow—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

10/11—Dead Fish Handshake/Like A Storm/OneHundredThousand—Architekt Music, Butler, NJ

10/12—Statik Silence—Architekt Music, Butler, NJ

10/12—Gunfire ‘N’ Sodomy (Don Jamieson)/Sekond Skyn—Tenth Street Live, Kennilworth, NJ

10/14—Ed Roland from Collective Soul—Trinity UMC, Ewing, NJ

10/18—Audio Empire/Killcode/Long Gone Day/Raftree—The Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ

10/19—Slander/Faith Or Fear/Evil Reign/BlackOcean/Decypher/ MeatPlow/Anvil Bitch/Citadel/Bone Devil—The Legendary Dobbs, Philadelphia, PA

10/26—Madysin Hatter/Rivera Bomma—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ