One of the bands I got to share the stage with up at the Rock ‘N’ Derby in Schaghticoke, NY was the other Jersey band invited up to play the inaugural festival, Experiment 34, which featured my old bud, Kevin Nenichka, whose place I took on bass for the band Mean Venus. I had to check these guys out since they were the other Jersey band who made it up to this three-day Upstate New York music festival. They were pretty awesome on every level. Their musicianship was spot on and tight. The vocals even fit the music they were playing. “Experiment” might be the best way to describe their music because they seem to dabble in many styles with their songwriting. The songs “Three Days In The Chamber,” The Doors-esque “144 Evergreen Place” and funky “Check Up” are all proof of the different styles this band “experiment” with.
According to their bio, Experiment 34 was created to come together and appeal to one and all, especially those who may be living outside of their own minds. They formed in Central Jersey around the New Brunswick area with tools of their trade in hand. Singer Matthew Makin, guitarist Kevin Nenichka, bassist Johnny Zabe, and drummer Jack LaMonica set out on a musical journey that bonded them to form their creation we now know as Experiment 34. Musically, their songs have been designed to be the solution for a closed-minded music community. Their musical experiment will explode and expand in your mind with the raw power of funkified basslines, gut-punching guitar riffs, and pulse-popping drum beats. Makin reaches into his inner-Jim Morrison, Anthony Kiedes, Johnny Cash, and Zack de la Rocha, while Nenichka fuses together his inner Hendrix, Zappa, Wylde and Cantrell.
This toxic but entertaining blend of music can be heard on Experiment 34’s three-song debut EP, Charismanic, which features the three songs I mentioned earlier. The EP was recorded at Lakehouse Recording Studios in Asbury Park, NJ. The boys have Rock ‘N’ Derby under their belts now, where they got to meet Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who was playing under the name Chevy Metal, and now they are thirsting for a spot on this year’s Rock Carnival. For more on Experiment 34, visit Facebook.com/Experiment34.
NORTH JERSEY NOTES UPDATES:
After a few years of recorded silence, my brothers from Panzie* have finally released their brand new single, “Take Off Your Mask,” which is available wherever singles can be downloaded. “Take Off Your Mask” marks the first recordings with new singer Jasin Cadic, former frontman of Starkiller. I have to say that with Jasin’s vocals in the mix now, Panzie* didn’t stray too far musically since his voice fit the music perfectly and was similar to their former singer. You can hear “Take Off Your Mask” live at Arlene’s Grocery in NYC on July 8 with Midnight Crisis and All Night Sounds. For more on Panzie*, visit Panzie.com.
Has anyone caught my girl Madysin Hatter’s new music video for her song “Lose My Mind” off of her latest CD, Lose Your Mind? The song reminded me of Stevie Nicks on steroids. It’s a great song and a killer video. If you’d like to check the video out, visit youtu.be/piS7kRpMGNM, and for more on Madysin Hatter, visit MadysinHatter.com.
And finally, my bro Charlie Corletta, formerly of Will Killmore and Julius Seizure, has been creating some new music with his project The Silencer. Charlie sent me a couple songs to listen to in “Solitarius Lupus” and “In Waiting” and these songs are as metal as they come. He told me the song “In Waiting” was a little older because he didn’t know what he wanted to do with this music. Well, now he plans on bring The Silencer to live venues all over the Tri-State Area. In recording, Charlie played every instrument including vocals with some help from Kevin Antreassian from The Dillinger Escape Plan and Steve Toth from Julius Seizure. If these two songs are any indication of what’s to come from The Silencer, we better keep an eye out for these guys. For more on Charlie’s project, The Silencer, visit Facebook.com/TheSilencerMusic.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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:
6/22—Lynch Mob/Psychoprism/Steve Bello/Lethal Affection/Atomic Beauty—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ
6/23—Lynch Mob/Ray Freeman Jr./BurningCold/Station—The Chance, Poughkeepsie, NY
6/23—Bad Feelings/Will Jay/Dylan Holland/Ben Hazlewood/The House On Cliff/Rivers Monroe —Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
6/24—Among Us “Reunion show”/New Day Dawn/The Madeleine Haze/Aspaed—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ
6/24—Dentist—The Saint, Asbury Park, NJ
6/25—Ryan Chiarella and The New Breed—Claddagh in Highlands, Highlands, NJ
6/25—Dentist –Berlin, NYC
6/26—Breaking Silence/Gravity Well/Chris Rockwell/Thee Idea Men—The Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ
6/27—Trophy Wives/Sleep On It/Marina City—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
6/28—Candy Hearts/Chase Huglin—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
7/1—The Hannas/The Detours/Harry Jay Smith and the Bling/Skunk Daze/Disposable—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
7/6—Impossible Cities/Ryan Zimmerman And Catcha Fish/Red House/Dijon—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ
7/7—Benchpress/Impact/Hangman/Wastelands/MVA—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ
7/8—Tommy London Presents: Panzie*/Midnight Crisis/All Night Sounds—Arlene’s Grocery, NYC
7/8—Cosmic American Derelicts/The Neverends/Nemes—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ
7/9—Natural Born Losers—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
7/9—Borgo Pass/Black Dawn/Blacque Jacque Shellacque/Hatweed Jack/Drastic Measures—Revolution Bar and Music Hall, Amityville, NY
7/13—Don’t Tell Maggie/Joseph Pagano Band/Illegally Blind/Low Roads Ghost—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ
7/15—Corevalay—Stanhope House, Stanhope, NJ
7/15—Reality Suite/Chevonne And The Fuzz/Last Minet—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ
7/16—Dinosaur Eyelids—Leftfield, NYC
7/17—Illusionist/Resentment/Revelations/Kaonashi/To Live As Wolves/Polarity/Shallow Views—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
7/20—The Ivory/In Angles/Use Big Words/The Funeral Portrait—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
7/21—Famous Last Words/Outline In Color/It Lives It Breathes/Open Your Eyes—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
7/23—Morningside Lane/The Clocktown Giants—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ