North Jersey Notes: Joker Five Speed, Metalfier, Eye Of Anubis and more!

Dirty Pearls singer Tommy London has been presenting some pretty cool shows down in The Village at Arlene’s Grocery as of late, and on Sept. 17, Tommy brings the reunion of Joker Five Speed, one of NYC’s favorites, to Arlene’s! Also performing on the bill will be Ten Ton Mojo, Honor Among Thieves and Royal Skulls. Fans of the NYC rock scene will not want to miss this show. For more on Tommy London’s upcoming shows, visit his new Facebook page,

Speaking of NYC bands, my bud Andrew Janda and his band Metalfier will be headlining Irving Plaza in NYC this Thursday night, Sept. 8, to celebrate the release of their new CD, Into The Unknown. Also performing this show are Eagle I and The Cringe. For more on Metalfier and their new CD, Into The Unknown, visit

The gang from Eye Of Anubis recently premiered their brand new music video for their song “Flood of Tyrants” off of the band’s latest CD, A Selfless Act For a Worthless Cause. The song is nasty and really punches you in the gut. If you like your metal with some brutality mixed in, you will love this music video. For more on Eye Of Anubis and to check out their new music video, “Flood of Tyrants,” visit

My brother Tom McNamara, former guitarist from Beyond Visible, Blind Hate Experiment and current guitarist of the local supergroup, The Paragon Image, featuring members of Dead Fish Handshake and New Theory, has been touring for the past couple of years with the Rhode Island-based hip-hop metal group, Scare Don’t Fear, as the band’s lead guitar player. The band recently released their latest three-song EP called Trillogy. If you love stuff like Hollywood Undead, you will love Scare Don’t Fear. The songs “The Anti,” “Let Out the Beast,” and “Reckless” give you an idea of what you can expect from Scare Don’t Fear. I would actually love to see them on tour with the Undead ones. For more on Tom’s latest project, Scare Don’t Fear, visit

My brother Santino Noir has been hard at work with his family back here in Jersey filming on a movie called Bully, which was written by his father Joe Campanelli and features actors Danny Trejo and Vinny “Big Pussy” Pastore. Santino is directing the film, but seems to still have time to release new music. He recently released his new song “Purpose” featuring Danny McDonough on Facebook. The sing is a hit if you ask me. The song is pretty good and a bit more poppy than the hip-hop stuff he’s been releasing. You can check “Purpose” out and track the status of the movie Bully by visiting

And finally, congrats to my buds George Roskos and Kurt Wübbenhorst, the owners of the popular North Jersey recording and rehearsal facility Architekt Studios in Butler. It turns out that their Butler facility is so busy that they had to open a new facility in lovely Glen Rock, NJ. They will be hosting a grand opening on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. This facility will be a music education focused shop. It sounds like there’s a new competitor to School of Rock in town. For more info on this new Architekt Studio, visit

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:

9/8—PANZIE/Cheetah Chrome/Crank County Daredevils—The Bowery Electric, NYC

9/8—As All Hope Dies/Better at Night/Worldsucks—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

9/8—Metalfier/Eagle I/The Cringe—Irving Plaza, NYC

9/9—Norastone/Ender/That of a Lion/Buried Under Ruined Nations/Little Vicious—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

9/10—Baelfire—U.M.S.F.L. Tattoo for Autism V, Port Monmouth, NJ

9/10—Causticaudio—Frogfest 2016, Parsippany, NJ

9/10—A Gathering of None/Devil in the Belfry/Skunk Daze/Jess O’ Lantern—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

9/14—The Alex Skolnick Trio—The Saint, Asbury Park, NJ

9/15—Michael Graves/After the Burn—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

9/15—Lane Six Entertainment Presents John Waite—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

9/16—Lyken21/Warhammer/Soul Sworn/ORBYNOT/Eddie Milko Project—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

9/17—Tommy London Presents: Joker Five Speed (reunion)/Ten Ton Mojo/Honor Among Thieves/Royal Skulls—Arlenes Grocery, NYC

9/17—Psychoprism CD Release Party/Voodoo Terror Tribe/Paralysis—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

9/17—Lane Six Entertainment Presents Eric Martin of Mr. Big—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

9/18—Fiakra/Midnite Hellion/Lotus Thief/A Sound of Thunder/Sentient Horror—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

9/22—El Astronauto/Joe Billy/Toranavox/Anatomy of an Outcast/The Definition of Anxiety—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

9/23—The Queers/Svetlanas/OC45/Triple Deuce/ The Fantastic Plastics/Kyle Trocolla—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

9/23—Without Reason—Rocky’s Bar and Grill, Rahway, NJ

9/24—Bound By Substance/Tempest City—The Bowery Ballroom, NYC

9/24—MURDER 1/Corevalay/BigButt —Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

9/27—Crowbar/Mantismass/SkunkDaze/Voidless/White Void—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

9/30—Rock Carnival Day 1—First Energy Park, Lakewood, NJ

10/1—Rock Carnival Day 2—First Energy Park, Lakewood, NJ

10/2—Rock Carnival Day 3—First Energy Park, Lakewood, NJ