North Jersey Notes: Saints Of Rebellion, Sekond Skyn, Madysin Hatter and More!

One group that I’d love to see make their way up north soon is this band out of Forest Hills, Maryland. Yeah, they’re not from Jersey, but they are one band that needs to play in Jersey because I think they’d be a hit and there’s already quite a buzz built around them. The name of the band is Saints Of Rebellion, and they’re pretty damn good! I got to hear the title-track off of their upcoming debut CD, New American Dream. This song hits hard and is just straightforward rock ‘n’ roll with lots of energy. I’d love to see these guys on a bill with Killcode or even Panzie*. The best way to describe their music is anthem rock. Singer Coby Deshazo’s vocals really hold it down and guitarist John Adams will remind you of Zakk Wylde with his guitar squeals. There’s a lot to like about this band.

Saints Of Rebellion formed only last year by drummer Rych Green and bassist Jay Hitaffer. The band wasn’t complete until Adams and Deshazo were added to the lineup to replace the original guitarist and singer. Coby and John came into the band with some of their songs, but also tweaked some of Rych and Jay’s songs, and these tracks ended up on New American Dream, which the band says melds together all of the influences of each member of the band. Saints Of Rebellion’s music packs quite a punch that anyone will be able to identify with. As they state in their bio, “New American Dream is a culmination of years of songwriting combined with the life experiences of the four very different musicians.” The end result is recorded energy and intensity that really showcases what this group is all about.

Saints Of Rebellion’s debut CD, New American Dream, is typically just an introduction to the band, who are making it a goal to make a giant impression on the music industry with their music and their brand. The guys in Saints Of Rebellion don’t care if they have to gather one fan at a time or many fans at a time. Their point is they’ve arrived and nothing is going to hold them back! Check out Saints Of Rebellion now at



My bros from Sekond Skyn sneakily released their new EP, Quicksand, just in time for their road trip to Austin, Texas, for SXSW. I got my copy a couple weeks ago at their gig with Cycle Of Pain and Black Water Rising at The Stone Pony. It’s a five-song disc, which includes the title-track and four other tunes that really rock! There’s not a bad song on this CD. I’m a huge fan of new singer Jesse Shar’s voice, and with guitarist Mark Monjoy’s grooving songwriting ability, you knew this EP was going to get Sekond Skyn back up to the top of the heap quickly. You have to check Sekond Skyn out at if you haven’t already!

My new bud Madysin Hatter recently released a new single on iTunes for the song “Edge Of A Broken Heart.” The song is actually a cover from the ’80s all-girl hard rock band, Vixen, who Madysin says always inspired her to sing and write music. You can hear Madysin Hatter tear up “Edge Of A Broken Heart” next Friday night (4/4) at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ when she opens for Kix. Also performing are my bros from Rahway and Cashmier. For more on Madysin Hatter, log onto

And finally, anyone see the new music video from Cycle Of Pain? It’s for their song “Come On,” and it is hilarious! The video stars That Metal Show co-host Don Jamieson, along with bunch of cameos from Damien and Rob from Lower The Veil, Smitty from Zenergy Entertainment, Zipperhead from Zipperhead Productions, Joe Cattano from Aarius Studios, Cycle Of Pain’s manager Paul Byrne, the rapper Uni V Sol, Tom from Negative Sky and New Theory, and even a little person. The highlight of the video is seeing Cycle Of Pain bassist J.D. DeServio dressed like a member of Al-Qaeda. The video was produced by my bro Shottie Shotwell from Ashes Of Your Enemy. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out now 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:

3/26—Such Gold/Slingshot Dakota/When Thieves Are About/Archie Alone/Puddle Splash—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

3/27—Ed Kowalczyk/Pete Donnelly/NRBQ/Soul Asylum—Trinity UMC, Ewing, NJ

3/27—Cartomancy/Sensetive/Hype Radio—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

3/28—She Said Fire/Machine Elves/Awake At Last—Slake, NYC

3/28—Borgo Pass/Stainless Leather/John Wilkes Booth/SOMA—Revolution Bar and Music Hall, Amityville, NY

3/29—Xero Gravity/Midnight Hellion/Division 1.1/Nuse/Sekond Skyn—Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ

3/29—Steve Bello Band/Ripped—Buddies Tavern, Sayreville, NJ

3/29—Kore Rozzik/Michale Graves—Blackthorn 51, Elmhurst, NY

4/1—Waking Heroes—Webster Hall, NYC

4/2—Audio Empire/Red Dragon Cartel—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

4/4—Rahway/Madysin Hatter/Cashmier/Kix—Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ

4/4—Steve Brown and the Fallout—Willie McBride’s, Branchburg, NJ

4/4—Living Colour—Trinity UMC, Ewing, NJ

4/4—Governing Murphy/Buckcherry—Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg, PA

4/4—Faster Pussycat/Knucklebone—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

4/5—Killcode/Ten Ton Mojo/Mother/Long Gone Day—The Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY

4/5—Dead Fish Handshake/Scott Stapp—Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ

4/5—Tarpit Boogie/Silence Equals Death/Faction Zero—Clash Bar, Clifton, NJ

4/6—Hot Blood/End Of An Era/A Balance Between/Vextion/The Antics—The Saint, Asbury Park, NJ

4/13—Steve Brown and Dennis Zimmer—Grasshopper, Morristown, NJ

4/13—From The Depths/Forbidden Territory/Ocean Of Illusions/SYKA/As Glory Fades/The Empty Frame—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

4/16—Seas Of Wake/All That Remains/Darkest Hour/Wilson—Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ

4/17—Gothic Knights/Queensryche—Bergen PAC, Englewood, NJ

4/18—Steve Brown—Willie McBride’s, Branchburg, NJ

4/18—Diesel America/Brand Of Julez/The Dark Riders/Full Molder—Slake, NYC

4/20—The Independents/Monster Rat/Danse dE Sade/True Revolution—Tenth Street Live, Kenilworth, NJ

4/24—Steve Brown and Terry Farley—Thatcher McGhee’s, Pompton Lakes, NJ

4/25—Kucklebone/Flowers To Flames/Sebastian Bach—Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ