I’m not really sure how I even
stumbled across these guys, but I am so glad that I did. They have a retro eighties
rock sound and I’m an eighties rock kind of guy, and no one is playing eighties
rock anymore. Everyone is copying whatever is on Octane. The name of the band
is Kodiak and they are out of Toms River, NJ. Singer Eric Dalton can sing.
That’s for sure! The thing that really draws me close to these guys is the fact
that the drummer and guitar player are brothers. I am very familiar with this
dynamic as a member of Rahway, but famous bands that made this dynamic work
include the mighty Van Halen and the godly Pantera. Another unique fact about
Kodiak is that they’re managed by legendary Vanilla Fudge, King Kobra, and Ozzy
Osbourne drummer Carmine Appice, who also no stranger to sibling rivalry.
Kodiak was formed in early 2018 in
the lovely town of Toms River by brothers, guitarist Chris and drummer Pete Biggiani,
who have been playing together since they were old enough to hold a guitar or
drumsticks. Pete was lucky enough to tour with Last In Line featuring Carmine’s
brother Vinny Appice, Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell, bassist Phil Soussan,
and singer Andrew Freeman, when he met singer Eric Dalton. Chris and Pete already
knew bassist TJ Haefner prior to recruiting him into Kodiak and knew he would
be a great fit for the band. After the lineup was finalized, the band started
working with managers Carmine Appice and Warren Wyatt. This led to Kodiak landing
a deal with World Sound and AWAL earlier this year.
In early June, Kodiak released their
first single “Goodbye” to raving reviews and most recently, they released their
latest single and music video for their song “Alone.” If these songs are any indication
of what these kids have in store for their debut record, this is going to be
amazing. As I said, I’m an eighties guy, so they already won me over. Whoever
said rock ‘n’ roll was dead hasn’t checked out Greta Van Fleet or Kodiak! For
more info on Kodiak, visit KodiakBand.com.
NORTH JERSEY NOTES UPDATES:
my old singer, J from Mean Venus has a little girl, LilyBella, who I remember
at our shows when she was a child. Well, LilyBella is all grown up and recently
released her debut single “Breaking Us” on Spotify. Wow! If there is an agency
or manager reading this, your money-maker is right there. LilyBella has a
beautiful voice and I see a real future in the music industry for her. This is
an amazing start! Now, J can follow LilyBella. How the tides have changed huh,
J? Give “Breaking Us” a listen now on Spotify…. The boys from Dark Sky Choir have
added more power behind their kick by adding Jordan Cannata from Adrenaline Mob
to their lineup. Jordan joined the band right before they left for their
European tour. To find out when Dark Sky Choir will be back in your neck of the
woods, visit DarkSkyChoir.com…. And finally, Kore Rozzik is hosting a birthday
show for himself at Arlene’s Grocery in NYC next Friday night, August 23. Along
with a performance from Kore and his band will be performances from The Amatory
Murder, King To Burn, and my brothers from Behind The Bullet. This should be a
fun show in the city! For more info on Kore Rozzik and his birthday party,
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!