North Jersey Notes – The Foxfires


  A couple of weekends ago, I attended the East Coast Music Conference in Norfolk, Va. with my band Rahway. I met an eccentric bunch of young lads from West Nyack, NY and Hawthorne, NJ who call themselves The Foxfires. We got to hang with these guys at our performance later that night and they were extremely supportive, so in turn, I decided to give them a listen. I checked out the band’s music videos for their songs “Fleeting Foxes” and “Don’t Give Up,” and they were interesting. They’re definitely a bit lighter than I’m used to listening to, but they definitely have something here, and there’s definitely a market for their sound.

  The Foxfires are a four-piece band from the West Nyack area. Their sound is a mix of genres of marrying indie rock and pop, shoegaze, folk, and surf rock, which creates a sound soundscape you’d want to hear on the beach or out at sea, especially in the Summer. Since 2013, The Foxfires have been sharing the stages, both small and large, with artists like Michale Graves (former Misfits frontman), Kurt Travis (former Dance Gavin Dance frontman), Sparks the Rescue, Have Mercy, Pentimento, Rookie of the Year, and Jennifer Hudson. 2017 turned out to be a banner year for The Foxfires, working off the momentum of their most recent release, Reawakening, which they released in late 2016. The Foxfires have had their music licensed to NASCAR, Discovery Networks, MTV, Bring Your Own Board, and Roadtrip Nation in 2017 alone and their music has been featured on radio across the U.S. and in select parts of the U.K. Making up The Foxfires is singer and guitarist Christian Diana, guitarist and keyboardist Christian Cordero, bassist Adam Alexander Kahn, and drummer Brandon Vallejo.

  2018 is turning out to be The Foxfires biggest year, yet! The band recently released two brand new singles, “Don’t Give Up” and “Choose Love,” a campaign and message the band has been pushing for four years to move towards a more empathetic, equal, and balanced future where we see past race, gender, religion, sexuality, or political party and to fully embrace all of humanity. The song “Don’t Give Up” is an anti-suicide song that the band has been adamant about putting out since the recent deaths of Chris Cornell from Soundgarden and Chester Bennington from Linkin Park. The Foxfires have been featured at a few music conferences this year so far like Millennium Music Conference in Pennsylvania and the recent East Coast Music Conference in Norfolk, Va. Check out The Foxfires now at



   My brothers from Resurge have finally released their debut EP, Judgement Day, featuring the single “This Is the End,” which I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, along with “Say Your Prayers”, “Bad News”, and “Nothing Glamorous.” The band released the CD a few weeks ago when they performed with Killcode at the Stanhope House. Judgement Day definitely kicks some ass. It has some balls, and is colored in nicely with some tasty guitar riffs. Singer, and owner of Handsome Devil Tattoo in Saddle Brook, Russell Kelley’s melody and hooks are catchy as hell! Don’t take my word for it, give Judgement Day a listen for yourself by buying it on iTunes or listening to it on Spotify. For more info on Resurge, visit

  My buds from Out of Bounds recently released a brand new music video for their song, “You Still Hold My Heart” hot off the heels of their jam packed CD release party at the Brighton Bar in Long Branch a couple of weeks ago. “You Still Hold My Heart” is off of the band’s brand new CD, Blacked Out, and the video features superhot model, Ivana Anna, and of course a performance from Out of Bounds. I’m not going to lie here, but while enjoying the song, watching Ivana is definitely worth the watch. Check out the video for “You Still Hold My Heart” at For more on Out of Bounds, visit

  And finally, I got to listen to Ropetree’s new CD, The Saints of Asbury on their Stone Pony. I have to say that this is a pretty good CD! I got to listen to the songs “Lost Again”, “Empty”, “So Bad”, and “She Said (Good Love).” These songs have a great feel to them. The Saints of Asbury on their Stone Pony features 11 songs with one song featuring Kate Vextion from Vextion making a guest appearance. The Saints of Asbury on their Stone Pony will be dropping on July 6 with a CD Release Party on June 30th at The Saint in Asbury Park with Vextion, Lower The Veil and December Morning, which I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. For more on Ropetree and their CD release party, 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:

6/2—18th and Addison/Sonic Blume/Sugar Trip—The Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ
6/3—All That Remains/Negative Sky/Eye on Attraction/Gears—Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ
6/3—Behind the Bullet—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
6/7—Danny Diablo and Mars/Full Scale Riot—QXT’s, Newark, NJ
6/7—Seven Spires/Hate Storm Annihilation/Erciyes Fragment/Sacred Ash—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
6/15—Jersey Campfires Presents: Arc’d Angel/Sinertia/From The Concrete/Blud Red Roses—Debonair Music Hall, Teaneck, NJ
6/16—BoundAlive/Ripped/Till Death Do Us Part/Geoff Tate’s Operation Mindcrime—Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ
6/16—Lane Six Birthday Bash Tribute Night with Reality Suite/Tempt/New Day Dawn/Lunatic Fringe—Debonair Music Hall, Teaneck, NJ
6/22—Adolescents/Electric Frankenstein/Jon Caspi and the First Gun/Executors—The Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ
6/22—The Foxfires—The Delancey, NYC
6/23—The Pain Method “What Doesn’t Kill You…” Release Show/Blud Red Roses/Defcon -1/Lobster Chicken/Vision Serpent—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
6/29—Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees—Stanhope House, Stanhope, NJ
6/30—Ropetree (CD Release Party)/Vextion/Lower The Veil/December Morning—The Saint, Asbury Park, NJ