The East Coast chapter of Rebel Noise Group has booked a few Tri-State area gigs for November 2014. If you aren’t familiar with RNG, it is an All Star collective of professional Metal and Rock musicians lead by Doc Coyle whose current and former members include Tommy Vext (Divine Heresy, Snot), Kenneth Schalk (Candiria, Fuel), Kyle Konkiel, (Scar The Martyr, In This Moment), Ben Robbins (Gypsyhawk), Dave Mondragon (E-town Concrete, 40 Below Summer), Nick Serr (Lies Beneath, resoultion15), Moe Watson (Some Stranger, Deadwater Drowning), Mark Dollar (Lil Wayne), and Steve Perlmaster (Starkiller, Vext). Rebel Noise Group plays 90’s to modern Hard Rock and Metal, but this is not your average bar band. The performances are passionate and powerful, unlike any cover show you’ve seen.
Nov 21 – Queens, NY @ Blackthorn
Nov 22 – Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
Nov 26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
As a write this, I am doing my best to arise from a creative malaise. It’s no revelation to most of us “artists” that creativity is a muscle that weakens without consistent use. The blank canvas, empty page, or barren Pro Tools session can seem like a tall mountain climb when you haven’t produced in a significant period of time.
I’ve had several ideas floating around my head, but I haven’t written an in-depth blog piece in almost 2 months. Despite my intro, I wasn’t creatively blocked. I just didn’t have any damn time. As many of you know, I took a touring gig filling in on bass guitar for metalcore heavyweight champs, Unearth. The month before the tour was a whirlwind of busy activity. In addition to tying up loose ends with my new rock band (Vagus Nerve), cover band (Rebel Noise Group), picking up extra shifts bartending, teaching guitar at School of Rock and privately, and curating an educational performance for Tomato’s House of Rock in NYC, I still had to learn 14 Unearth songs in whatever free time I had. Thankfully, all of the tasks were completed, but I was left little time to be creative….in any arena.
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