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Molly Rhythm

Trenton, New Jersey, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Trenton, New Jersey, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
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May
27
Molly Rhythm @ The Pharmacy

Pennsylvania, United States

Pennsylvania, United States

May
21
Molly Rhythm @ Pouzza FEST

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

May
13
Molly Rhythm @ The Cobra Club

Brooklyn, New York, United States

Brooklyn, New York, United States

May
10
Molly Rhythm @ Joe's Mill Hill Saloon

Trenton, New Jersey, United States

Trenton, New Jersey, United States

Apr
28
Molly Rhythm @ The Pickering Creek Inn

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, United States

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, United States

Apr
22
Molly Rhythm @ Oddity Bar

Wilmington, Delaware, United States

Wilmington, Delaware, United States

Apr
21
Molly Rhythm @ John & Peter's Place

New Hope, Pennsylvania, United States

New Hope, Pennsylvania, United States

Apr
14
Molly Rhythm @ The Dover Brickhouse

Dover, New Hampshire, United States

Dover, New Hampshire, United States

Apr
08
Molly Rhythm @ Joe's Mill Hill Saloon

Trenton, New Jersey, United States

Trenton, New Jersey, United States

Apr
01
Molly Rhythm @ Connie's Ric Rac

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Mar
17
Molly Rhythm @ Trenton Social

Trenton, New Jersey, United States

Trenton, New Jersey, United States

Mar
15
Molly Rhythm @ World Cafe Live

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Mar
11
Molly Rhythm @ The Green Lantern

Lexington, Kentucky, United States

Lexington, Kentucky, United States

Mar
10
Molly Rhythm @ Empty Glass

Charleston, West Virginia, United States

Charleston, West Virginia, United States

Mar
08
Molly Rhythm @ Underground Arts

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Feb
05
Molly Rhythm @ Trenton Coffee House and Roaster

Trenton, New Jersey, United States

Trenton, New Jersey, United States

Feb
04
Molly Rhythm @ Steel City Coffee House

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, United States

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, United States

Feb
03
Molly Rhythm @ The Fire

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Jan
27
Molly Rhythm @ Goldsounds

Brooklyn, New York, United States

Brooklyn, New York, United States

Dec
17
Molly Rhythm @ Joe's Mill Hill Saloon

Trenton, New Jersey, United States

Trenton, New Jersey, United States

Dec
02
Molly Rhythm @ Kung Fu Necktie

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Nov
26
Molly Rhythm @ St Roccos Society

Beacon, New York, United States

Beacon, New York, United States

Nov
19
Molly Rhythm @ Puck

Doylestown, Pennsylvania, United States

Doylestown, Pennsylvania, United States

Oct
15
Molly Rhythm @ La Shop du Trou du diable - Salon Wabasso

Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada

Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada

Oct
14
Molly Rhythm @ Coop De Travail Katacombes

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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"35 Bands You Need to Hear in 2017"

Molly Rhythm, a wonderfully unhinged hybrid from Trenton and Philadelphia, is the lightning in the coming storm that is our capitol's reemerging music scene. The seven piece rock and punk band possess certain freewheeling inventiveness, and through five years of thrashing histrionics, the group has molded itself into one of the area's sharpest local bands. "We're not a cult, but we'd like to be," vocalist Nikki Nalbone laughs.

For fans of: Diablo Swing Orcastra, Golgol Bordello - NJ.com


"Top 5 Moments of Pouzza"

C'est tout au long du dernier week-end que bon nombre de punkers de longue date, pour la plupart devenus parents depuis leurs premières amours avec le punk, se sont donné rendez-vous en famille pour célébrer le grand retour du Pouzza Fest au centre-ville de Montréal. Pour cette 7e édition, les festivaliers avaient l'embarras du choix, entre les concerts en salle, ceux présentés en extérieur, en plus des activités ludiques pour les enfants, comme les mascottes, jeux gonflables et faux tattoos. Avec une organisation impeccable, des horaires respectés au quart de tour et des sourires sur tous les visages, on peut certes avouer que c'est mission réussie encore une fois cette année! Sans plus tarder, voici les 5 coups de cœur de notre photographe Emmanuel Gagné.
1. Bucky Harris
Ce groupe punk rock montréalais n’en est pas à sa première participation au Pouzza Fest, et son aisance sur scène témoignait par ailleurs d’une longue feuille de route. Les membres ont fait montre d’une énergie constante, d’un lot de chansons accrocheuses, en plus de la voix solide du chanteur, force est d’admettre que cette formation fut l’une des plus belles surprises du week-end.

2. Pup
La sensation canadienne Pup était visiblement très attendue par ses fans montréalais. Avec sa musique punk-rock pleine d’attitudes et ses sing along rassembleurs, tout cela a donné lieu à une superbe performance où l’énergie que le groupe partageait avec le public était des plus contagieuses. À découvrir!

3. Molly Rhythm
La surprise et la «crise cardiaque» de la fin de semaine reviennent à ce groupe! D’une part, ce fut une surprise de découvrir ce mix de punk-rock, ska, alternatif et funk drôlement efficace. Et, la crise cardiaque, car sa chanteuse Elissa a décidé de faire un vol plané à partir des poutres d’éclairage au plancher. Malgré cela, elle s’est relevée aussitôt comme une vraie guerrière et a complété sa performance. Heureusement, seulement quelques points de suture ont été nécessaires et, comme on le voit sur les photos, son sourire n’en a pas été affecté!

4. Barrasso
Plusieurs festivaliers nous ont parlé de ce groupe qui était supposément à ne pas manquer, et comme ils jouaient juste avant Lagwagon, on s’est dit que ses membres devaient être vraiment solides. La hype est vraie… Du bon punk-rock intense qui fesse et qui nous a fait bouger la tête de la première à la dernière chanson. Prochain rendez-vous des punkers le 28 juillet au show de Rancid et Dropkick Murphys cet été pour sûr!

5. Lagwagon
La légende californienne était le cadeau du Pouzza Fest cette année. En concert gratuit extérieur en plein centre-ville, quoi demander de mieux! Même vingt-cinq ans après son tout premier long jeu, le groupe punk rock, mené de front par Joey Cape, a livré une performance à tout casser. Le public était en délire, la musique était forte, la bière était bonne, et ce fut la meilleure conclusion à ce week-end unique en son genre. - Labibleurbaine


"Photos: Molly Rhythm playing a basement show in Montreal"

Molly Rhythm, Philly’s finest export, brought their unique mix of punk rock, ska and alternative to Quebec last week, for a short run of 6 dates. Sadly I couldn’t make it to the “official” Montreal event, but lucky for me, a secret show was planned in a dark basement in NDG on monday. Included on the lineup was my favorite band in town, Bucky Harris, so it was a no brainer, I had to go.

And what a show it was! I missed the first band, but I got to catch the “house band’, who played a killer set of straight up old school punk rock tunes. Up next was Bucky Harris, version 1.5, because long story short, they got a new drummer that’ll be ready soon, so in the meantime, Dave (guitarist) took drums duty, and Hard Up’s frontman took the strings. Needless to say they still put on a powerful set and I can’t wait to hear the new songs they’re working on!

Finally Molly Rhythm took the stage (kitchen) and all hell broke loose! If you never heard of these guys before, I won’t try and describe their sound, because really you have to listen for yourself, as each of their songs display a wide range of influences, that they mix up so well. They are also fronted by the sickest duo I’ve ever seen on stage. The first time I saw them live was at this year’s Pouzza Fest. Elissa was wearing that cute little vintage green dress, smiling non stop and pulling out these sweet dance moves, and Nikki, was this bad ass punk chic with a shitload of attitude and a sick growl. Two different personalities, but together they owned the stage so well and proved why they’re the perfect match, because in the end you saw that Nikki could be sweet too in the slower songs, and Elissa was the reckless one, as she ended up climbing the lighting rig, to make sure we would remember that moment forever (if you were there, you know what I mean!).

Of course the band is rounded by amazing musicians and that’s what makes it such a good time to hear these guys rip it on stage. They just all blend perfectly together. Also we were lucky enough to hear some new songs and I can’t wait for them to be released! In the meantime check out these pics fom the show, a live vid and I’m also including in this, a video I took from their set at Pouzza 7. And if you like what you hear, don’t forget to support the band and buy their music! - Punkanormal Activity


"Nikki Introduces Phoebe to Molly Rhythm"

I know I’m my own planet now. Autonomy is great. But way back when, when Episode IV was just hitting theaters.. I was born on Earth, in New Jersey. I spent my first couple of years of grade school in Ewing, just outside the Garden State’s scumble1 capital, Trenton. And since then it’s been one of the spots I always return to, no matter how far away I may stray. These days I’m usually there to work with underground punk, emo rapper Wade Wilson, with whom I am polishing off the finishing touches on his next solo release “Wasted (White Girl).”

It was through a Wade Wilson show at Joe’s Mill Hill Saloon several years ago that I met Nikki Nalbone of the versatile, hard rocking, Trenton/Philadelphia band Molly Rhythm. I met her before she went on that night and was dazzled by the cyberpunk aesthetic she was rocking. From the neck down, she was mostly clad as a NJ punk rock badass, but for her face tonight, she’d affected a total “Pris” look taken out of the original Bladerunner movie, with eye shadow stretching temple to temple.

We talked for a minute, complimenting each other’s sparkling punk adornments. Soon though, she took the stage with her bandmates in the crowded Mill Hill Basement. They exploded with an unstoppable mathematical metal sound flavored with a three piece horn section that shook the building. It was as if System of a Down had hi-jacked the Giant Country Horns and then plugged directly into hard frantic screeching funk. But instead of Serj Tankian at the helm we got two dulcet damsels crooning, with more authentic punk rock swagger than any of the grafted-from-Harajuku style that Ms. Gwen Stefani ever managed.

I got to chat with Nikki again after her set that night and have been friends with her since. Though I mostly talk to her via the facespace, I make sure to stop into Championship Bar & Music Club to see her, when I’m back in Nu Jerz.

This August I met her at Trenton Roasters to show her my new comic book and discuss what projects we were both working on currently. One thing led to another and we decided to meet for an interview that I could pitch to Hope for Urban Vacancy. A few afternoons later we met up again, this time in the “Music Club” 1/3 of Champs to talk Molly Rhythm, Nikki and Trenton in general.

PlanetPhoebe: For the first two years I knew you, (with me usually in some other corner of the country,) I always saw you online as Nikki Nailbomb, which is humorously close to your real last name and also reflective of how explosive your energy can be. At some point more recently it got changed. Was that just a facebook persona, or is that an actual stage name you use? Like your emcee name for when you do your rap solo act?


Nikki // Photo Credits: Heather Rosenfeldt
Nikki: So I’m kind of at war with that right now. I used to think that it was just ‘that’s my name now’ but now I’m not really sure. Facebook made me change my name during an event we had last year called “Art All Night.” Which is an event that we have in Trenton every year, but I guess somebody had ratted me out to Facebook that it wasn’t really my real name. And now they will not let me change it back. Someone made up that name for me, because it sounds like my last name, and I usually go by Nikki. I don’t like to go by Nichole.

PlanetPhoebe: Which is how you’re listed on FB now..

Nikki: Yeah, cause that’s my legal name, what it says on my ID, and since it was Art All Night which is an annual event I performed at a bunch of times.. and all my friends are doing different things involved with it, doing music & working on bikes. I needed to get a hold of them, so I said fuck it. I got the messenger under that name so I could get in touch with them. And now I can’t change it to anything else.

PlanetPhoebe: So rather than Nikki Nailbomb you identify more as Nikki?

Nikki: Yes, but I do do a solo acoustic act, and I do a lot of other things. It’s coming to a point that I don’t know what my stage name should be right now.. I don’t know.

PlanetPhoebe: Okay, that kind of brings me to my next question. I got introduced to your sound as a co-front woman the first time we met, which was at a Molly Rhythm performance at Wade Wilson’s Born Day Show. But I know you’re involved in a lot more projects than just that. What other musical outfits are you currently active with?

Nikki: So I am in this band called Moron Girls with the bassist from Molly Rhythm – Lori, and my friend Caleb. Caleb and I worked for a really long time on this project called Karma Bat that predates Molly Rhythm. Then Karma Bat split into two bands: Molly Rhythm & Idiot Boy. Then Idiot Boy lost a guitarist and a drummer so Caleb and I kept playing our songs acoustic and Lori came out when we were playing, tap dancing, so she’s our drummer on shoes.

PlanetPhoebe: By tap dancing?

Nikki: Yeah, it’s great, so it just kinda ran from there. We have some funny things that are coming up, but we still have to record our songs and get merch and some other things. We’ll be performing September 8th at Mill Hill, with a bunch of really rad bands. I’m in another project called Rat Torture. We used to be “Bah Scumbug,” but when that band broke up me and the guitarist kept going. I play bass and that’s like thrash, power, grindy, long-song, fast and kind of Black Metal with some melodies and angry, angry screaming.

PlanetPhoebe: Did any of the songs carry over from the one project to the other there?

Nikki: Yes, but they’re not exactly the same and the drums and vocals are different. The groves are a little different. It’s just kind of the same riffs that were going on. We’re a new band, but we were still a new band before, and it’s just so hard to get off the ground, to get recorded, to get funding.

PlanetPhoebe: To get people in the same room.

Nikki: Yeah that’s terrible, that is absolutely fucking awful. But that project is super fun, I think we have a show September 16th or something like that at Mill Hill. I am playing guitar in my favorite band from ten years ago, Crack Filler, but we are on sort of a hiatus at the moment. Our drummer who is also the drummer from Molly Rhythm. He had a little accident at work and he can’t play drums for a couple months.

PlanetPhoebe: So both bands are on hiatus?

Nikki: Well, Molly Rhythm has a fill in for right now. We should be going to Canada in October to go on a little mini tour with some ska bands and our BFFs up there.

PlanetPhoebe: Awesome.

Nikki: But yeah so I do that, and then I play horns too. I jam with my friends. I play violin, jamming with friends. I have some other things on the back burner. A cello and flute project.

PlanetPhoebe: You play cello?

Nikki: Yeah I do. I’m not great. I’m actually better at violin now. But it just keeps our brains going. I jam with my grandpa, he plays accordion. I’ve been playing mandolin. Yeah just trying to keep busy, I write solo stuff. Like I write beats here or there.

PlanetPhoebe: You produce Hip Hop beats?!? I want to hear that.

Nikki: I’ll have to dig that up.

PlanetPhoebe: You are in an inordinate amount of bands and jam groups. It’s impressive. So, where can we find the music of these various acts online, either for free or for a fee?

Nikki: Free: MollyRhythm.com, two free albums. MoronGirls.bandcamp.com, all free albums too. There’s two Moron Girls songs from our current line up, an album of Idiot Boy stuff and an album of Karma Bat stuff. So if you wanna know how it all began that’s kind of like a musical resume right there. And the other stuff’s not up yet, except Crack Filler, but I’m not on these recordings, but it’s on RaymondStrife.bandcamp.com. It’s solo hip hop stuff and Crack Filler albums on there, it’s like hip hop/punk.

PlanetPhoebe: Alright, thank you. Next up.. The other association I’ve had in my mind the whole time is that you run, with the help of numerous friends, Champ’s Bar & Music Club. I don’t know if I misunderstood or not, but I also kind of got the idea you owned it too. If so how did you get, if not how did you get into managing an iconic Trenton area bar at such a young age?

Nikki: Well. So I’m thirty. I don’t own it. I’ve been managing the bar part of this establishment for maybe like five years, four years. I manage it with my boyfriend Drew, and he manages everything and the liquor store. It was just such a sinking ship – and it’s still a sinking ship, but it was such a sinking ship that they were just throwing the keys to anybody and I happened to catch ‘em.

PlanetPhoebe: So they weren’t making money, whoever does own it, and they were like who wants to have this failing business, kind of?

Nikki: I think they were like “who wants to help?” And we were like “we want to help, we have an incentive to help.” You know we’re heavily involved in the music scene and we just want to keep that going. And want to keep art going and we want to use this facility to spawn good things. Cause a bar can be a really terrible thing, alcohol can be a horrible thing. But like everybody gets along here, and there are certain words that we don’t use here. So we’re trying to be the safest space a bar could be, it’s not that easy but it’s getting better all the time.

PlanetPhoebe: So have you turned it all around at all, as far as profit?

Nikki: Yes, for sure, but there is so much that went wrong before we got here so I don’t know if it’s impossible to correct.. but we’re trucking. We’re trucking up the mountain with our shit, so I don’t know what the future looks like but we’re doing okay so far. It’s a lot less stressful than it used to be and we have a team that really gives a fuck.

PlanetPhoebe: This place is like a centerpiece for the scene in a lot of ways and every one who’s involves seems to really care about it.

Nikki: There’s a lot of weird scene politics between genres which is why I join so many bands in so many genres. Champ’s is like more metal and Mill Hill is like more punk. Hip Hop is at both, but different crews. It’d be nice to get everybody all together eventually.

PlanetPhoebe: Okay, this is sort of a follow up question on how you manage Champ’s. Last week when we saw each other you mentioned that you wanted to re-brand the place as a gay bar. I don’t know if that’s just an inclination to keep homophobic and transphobic people away from your spot, or an actual desire to only have LGBT clientele. One of the things I wondered upon thinking about both those possibilities is this: Is there already a 24/7 gay bar in the region you’d be taking the business away from if you did?

Nikki: I don’t think so. There used to be a Trenton gay bar, but I don’t think it still exists. There are different bars that now do gay nights. The Social I think either Friday or Saturday. And we’ll do drag shows here.. We have some of the same people that do drag shows at Mill Hill. I think everyone should be all inclusive and stop being such a fucking asshole.

PlanetPhoebe: So you’re more about squashing homophobia than having an all queer space.

Nikki: Definitely a little of both. But I definitely like squashing homophobia, and just kicking them out and having them not around. That would be great.

PlanetPhoebe: Do you have that kind of policy, if you’re homophobic then you’re done?

Nikki: I have to take people outside to talk to them, or people get shamed but yeah some people need a talking to every once in a while.

PlanetPhoebe: So you do two nights a month, a drag show night and a burlesque show that are queer oriented?

Nikki: Yes. They start every third Thursday in August, they’re the City Garden Punk Cabaret, and they are awesome they do a lot of fun stuff. They are Sideshow-y. There’s sparks and there’s magic.

PlanetPhoebe: Yes. I heard about some woman who saws her own metal dress with a power saw.

Nikki: Yes. That’s Penny! And she stands on a mock segment of the “Trenton Makes” bridge that Wills welded for her.

PlanetPhoebe: Oh wow. Awesome! It sounds like you guys have a lot of great things going on.

Nikki: Thank you.

We kept talking for a while, shooting the shit about the Trenton music scene, taking our more casual convo over to the bar where people were trickling in. I mentioned that I used to play shows at Mill Hill a lot between Y2k and 9/11, people giggled.

Being manager, Nikki was able to comp me a few glasses of orange juice, (cause I don’t drink alcohol till the sun goes down.) The next afternoon Nikki was kind enough to come across town to pick me up, but Trenton is only 3 square miles, so it wasn’t that brutal of a ride. We rendezvoused once more on the performance side of the bar which goes unused in the afternoons. I found out this time Champ’s has pineapple juice on tap as well! So I was drinking complimentary . OJ & Pineapple drinks. The next person to show up was Jeff, who plays saxophone. He & Nikki kept me company and we joked around till everyone but Zack and Erinn had arrived. (Erinn was not expected to make it that night.) Nikki introduced me to everyone else and I broke out my voice recorder once more. Before I dive into the conversation I’m gonna list the Molly Rhythm roster for you folks on the other side of this computer screen:

Nikki – Vox

Elissa – Vox

Lori – Bass

Jon – Guitar

Jeff – Tenor Sax

Erinn – Trombone

Zack – Drummer

PlanetPhoebe: Nice to formally meet everybody. I’ve hung out with Lori a few times, but mostly have hardly socialized with the rest of you guys. Now I’ve known Jeff for about a half hour, but still.. Thank you for taking the time to talk to me. I actually show people your music all over the U.S. of A. My inner hipster remains compelled to put people up on underground talent I’ve been lucky enough to meet or see or hear, which is how I wound up writing for Hope. Okay, so every time I see something posted about Molly Rhythm touring it seems like you just got back from or are just about to play somewhere in Canada. I’ve never been there, to me it sounds too cold, but maybe with global warming I’ll make it up there one of these days. How did you guys get your first opportunity up there?


Elissa // Photo Credit: Heather Rosenfeldt
Elissa: Pouzza Fest. Griffin, our manager, is friends with the guys from Lost Love who help to book it. They are this awesome band from up there who does a ton to help bands, touring or non. And they throw this festival, it’s like 3 days, they’re up to like 10 venues now…

PlanetPhoebe: So it’s like that South by Southwest sort of thing, a festival distributed through all local venues?


Jeff & Erinn // Photo Credits: Heather Rosenfeldt
Jeff: It’s a bit more consolidated, recently. Less spread out.

PlanetPhoebe: And is that the Ska Fest I saw you guys on?

Nikki: We did a Detroit Ska Fest and we took a three day tour in Canada aside from Pouzza Fest that was all ska band, and we are going on tour again in October. I think we are going on a mostly ska tour. We’ll get the details tonight I think, after practice.

PlanetPhoebe: Awesome. What kinds of noticeable differences did you/do you experience with Canadian culture?

Elissa: Ambulance rides.

(everybody cracks up again)

PlanetPhoebe: What??

Elissa: Last time we were at this fest I climbed this scaffolding.. and we were on stage and I climbed it and I fell on my face. I had to have eight stitches. Lori rode with me to the hospital.. But since I’m not a Canadian citizen they charged up front.

PlanetPhoebe: So you like get in the ambulance and they’re like “Cash or Credit?”!?

Elissa: Well no, when you get to the hospital, but yeah, and the best part about it was I got a bill in the mail and I thought I took care of it, but when I read it they were like “We owe you money, you paid too much..” I was like that’s amazing, you don’t take advantage of sick and injured people? That’s incredible.


Jon // Photo Credits: Heather Rosenfeldt
Jon: It was nuts cause at the same time.. one of the other bands we were playing with, and will be playing with again, in Canada.. he stopped this girl from being raped and he punched the dude, broke his hand. They went to the hospital cause they’re Canadian citizens.. and they just .. it was almost a party upon leaving. They were drinking in the hospital.. The guy that needed the surgery on his hand was like, “I just need a fucking cigarette.” Once his hand was stitched up they just fucking ran out and were like “see ya!”

PlanetPhoebe: Oh wow, does he get a medal for punching a would-be rapist?

Jon: I mean I’d like to give him one.

Jeff: He gets free health-care.

PlanetPhoebe: Switching gears, but same theme..What noticeable cultural differences do you see between the cities of Trenton & Philadelphia?

(Zack walks in as Lori answers and quietly takes a seat in our circle of chairs.)


Lori // Photo Credits: Heather Rosenfeldt
Lori: I think they’re really different. I think they get compared a lot, but Philadelphia is a really big city and Trenton is either like a small city or a big town. So the dynamics are just different. There’s so many differences in the politics of it and the economics of it and how they’re arranged – how things are structured. People kinda compare them a lot, but for me it’s hard to compare because they are really different. Even like the arts, it is easier in Trenton to do murals exactly how you want to do them, whereas in Philadelphia they have a very organized mural program, where a bunch of people are all working on a certain person’s mural.2

PlanetPhoebe: So like in Philly there might be committees or approval processes deciding on the content of your mural?

Jon: There’s a lot of historical murals in Philly. Not saying that none in Trenton have history themes, but most murals in Philly have some sort of historical significance. In Trenton they’re more likely to be artistic. I also think in Philly it’s a lot harder to get people to come out to shows. The interest in Trenton seems like there’s more people actually interested in attending the shows. They care about the music. In Philly it’s pretty stiff. We have been doing better, but out of all the places we have played, Philly has always been the hardest, in my opinion.

PlanetPhoebe: Word. (turning my attention to Zack) Hey hi, are you Zack? Hi, I’m Phoebe.


Zack // Photo Credits: Heather Rosenfeldt
Zack: Yeah. Hi, nice to meet you.

PlanetPhoebe: Cool, thanks for coming and hopping in. We were just talking about, since it is a band based out of both Philly & Trenton what cultural differences between those two cities do you see if any?

Zack: Uhhh.. oh.. is it my turn?

PlanetPhoebe: I’m bringing you up to speed on where we’re at.

Jeff: Not to put you on the spot, but uh.. you’re on the spot.

Zack: Well, I think New Jersey is better for Punk or Rock. I think Philly is great if you’re Hip Hop or Jazz, like “Indie Rock” whatever that is. So you wind up playing spots like “Johnny Brenda’s” or “Ortlieb’s” or “Fire” if you’re doing rock. I don’t know I’ve never had a whole lot of luck playing in Philly, in 15 years of doing this.

Jon: Yeah I never have had an easy time in Philly.

Zack: It’s the cover charges. No one wants to pay ten dollars and gamble on whether a band’s gonna be good or not.

Jon: Yeah I was in shock at how many people were coming to our shows in Trenton. Coming from like “Under Your Bed” & “Zumi’s” in comparison, to get people out in Philly it was like pulling teeth. Like making favors, “Like I owe you one would you come to my show please? Pleeeease, we just need to fill the room.” And it’s tough, like a lot of my friends these days that I invite are like “Well we’ve seen you before. Thanks anyway.. it’s cool.” And I’m like “What? You’re an asshole!”

Zack: That blows.

Jon: It does.

Elissa: I think it’s a lot harder in Philly absolutely. I like the priorities in Trenton. I think a lot of artists & musicians move to Philly and then they get lost. Like everyone’s competing so hard and you get lost in the ego of it. And that’s why I love in Trenton the way everyone supports each other, like ‘what’s going on?’ ‘oh there’s an art show, let’s go’. In Philadelphia there’s a bunch of “Me, me, me.. no no me!!”

Zack: Yeah you guys have a great community here. I hate to use the word ‘scene’ but you guys have built a great thing here. In Philadelphia it’s a lot more dispersed.

PlanetPhoebe: In Trenton it’s like the rockstars are more just “your friends.” But okay, moving forward. I’ve watched some performances of your shows and waited for the horns to come in on songs that they totally don’t come in on. Are there some songs you as a group are just resolved to not incorporate horns onto or have I maybe just seen moments when new artists were immersing into the band still?

Jon: The gig is up dude. Somebody noticed.

Jeff: There’s are a couple songs that the horn section don’t do. It’s the older songs. There wasn’t incorporation of the horns when we came in, to some songs. There was some catch up to write to a bunch of songs. And there was also a struggle to do something different from song to song.

Jon: The horns have been doing a wonderful job of playing catch up. They were definitely thrown into it. Everyone who’s played horns in our band? They’ve had their instrument handed to them like “Here’s your instrument, you’re playing this now.”

PlanetPhoebe: Like “Welcome to the band, here’s a clarinet.”

Jon: Exactly and even if you’ve never played it before that’s your instrument now, doesn’t matter. But they’ve done a great job. Like the horns now, get together to practice together more than the band does, as a whole. They run the set multiple times. And they wow us all. Like every-time we hear the horn part on it’s own we’re like “that is so important” and we can’t imagine the songs being played without it anymore. But there are some songs, they’re basic in the sense of chord progression – but it’s busy already. It’s busy already so maybe it’s not as important to get horns or it’s difficult to write horns to.

Nikki: Also we lost Andrew. So all that wiggly-wee..all that slashy guitar? All that southern solo stuff? We don’t have that anymore. We don’t play with him anymore – we’re still buddies, but he moved basically to New Orleans. So they were making up for a lot of that loss too.

Jeff: And we’re excited about the new material and writing our parts from the bottom up.

PlanetPhoebe: Not adding on the breakfast nook later, but building the house all in one go.

Jeff: Essentially.

PlanetPhoebe: So is there a chance that any of the one’s I’ve seen, with no horns yet, might get them later still?

Jon: Yes.

Jeff: Jon is nodding his head ‘yes’, but it’s not a priority to add on to those songs. Not over what we’re writing for the new album.

Jon: The songs are always evolving.

Jeff: Truthfully, yeah, we barely play the songs the way they were recorded anymore.

PlanetPhoebe: Alright. Okay, from my convo with Nikki yesterday I picked up on Zack being a new or temporary addition to the unit. So Zack specifically directed to you, had you played with any of the other folks before being recruited into Molly Rhythm?

(I managed to put Zack on the spot again, this time as he was pulling a beer out of his backpack)

Zack: Uhmmm …yesssssss.

(everyone laughs as he cracks the beer)

PlanetPhoebe: Who did you play with, and in what bands?

Zack: Uhhh yes. I played with Jon & Elissa, in “Under Your Bed” probably 12 years ago. And then I met Nikki through that, she did backing vocals on a song. Then when that band split up me and Jon played in a band called “The Zumis” with his cousin Andrew, who played guitar in Molly Rhythm. So when they first started I recorded a few demos with them.

PlanetPhoebe: So you already knew some of the parts then.

Zack: Oh and I was involved in the recording. I mixed and recorded all the demos for Molly Rhythm from the start.

Jon: Yeah. He did all of our demos. So he knows all of our recordings. And could probably play every part in every song except for the vocals.

Zack: I’ve probably listened to the songs more times than you guys just from mixing. So I am very well familiar.

PlanetPhoebe: I was just wondering if it was a quick learning curve. With the tour coming up if you had to cram the learning all in but it sounds like you were already well versed.

Zack: I’m pretty familiar. But I will woodshed it a bit. We have a month before we go to Montreal so I’ll practice more than I usually do. Which means I’ll practice.

PlanetPhoebe: Cool. Well, I gotta throw something like this in because amongst your band several of you hail from the town where he (allegedly) works. Okay so, there’s a single set of footprints meandering down the beach at the Jersey Shore. Is Jesus Henrietta Christ carrying Chris Christie, or is even Jesus banned from the beach?

(Everybody laughs again)

Jeff: Fuck him.

Lori: Fuck Jesus?

Nikki: Fuck Jesus!

PlanetPhoebe: Fuck Jesus?

Jeff: What I meant was fuck Christie.

PlanetPhoebe: Word.

Jon: Does Christie consider himself above Jesus, is that basically the question there?

Lori: I think Jesus couldn’t even get into the country at this point. He’s banned.

Nikki: He died in a hospital we bombed. You’ll never know how many Jesus-es we killed.

PlanetPhoebe: Damn. Too real.

Lori: Well, I guess you asked..

PlanetPhoebe: Alright, so your album, “It Is What It Isn’t” came out in 2013, “The Devil Never Comes” just a year later. I’ve seen you all collectively saying that you’re working on the next album. Is any of it written? Is any of it recorded?

Jon: Thank you for asking that question.

PlanetPhoebe: It’s what we need to know.

Jon: We have seven? Is it seven songs that we have? We’ve been talking about how we’re gonna do this album every time someone asks us about it. It keeps getting longer. It’s definitely anticipated. We have at least seven songs. We’ve had a lot of…

Elissa: We’re patching holes in the boat.

Jon: Yes. That’s a good way to put it, patching the holes in the boat. We lost a guitar player, we lost a trumpet we added a new trombone. We’re trying to catch up, we’re trying to keep up with it and in the process have been writing the whole time. And we’ve been touring, like I just got a DUI expunged.

PlanetPhoebe: Like they won’t let you into Canada with a DUI?

Jon: No gotta get that expunged. We.. yeah to answer direct…? We have seven songs and we’re trying to move forward as soon as possible.

PlanetPhoebe: But they’re not recorded?

Jon: They’re demoed.

PlanetPhoebe: Oh cool. Do you perform any of them live yet?

Jon: Yes, three of them.

PlanetPhoebe: So the audience has heard them already.

Nikki: Yes and you can hear them tonight if you come over to listen to practice.

PlanetPhoebe: Wow that’d be cool. Yeah, I’d love to. I think I just need to get some food in me, first.

We conclude the interview with me offering the band a blank space to promote any cause they like and Lori asserts that Molly Rhythm is a huge proponent of everyone forming a band: No matter your age or relative level of talent, music is cathartic and everyone both can and should be doing it. I can agree to that but I was hungry, so I dashed out to grab a hoagie then right back to the living space Nikki & Drew live in nearby, which also serves as a rehearsal space.

It’s not a huge room, so Lori sits on Nikki’s bed to play bass. Jeff is barefoot, which may or may not directly lead to him kicking a beer over way into their opening song “Prelude.” Since Erinn isn’t here tonight, Nikki plays her missing trombone parts on a trumpet on the intro tune. By the time the beer is soaked up into a couple bar rags they’re diving right into “This Is Fracking Ridiculous.” Afterwards, momentary banter lasts maybe 45 seconds. You can feel how much fun and camaraderie these folks share as a group. But the joking evaporates in an instant and they hop into “Waltz a Salsa.” This one has a five second pause in the middle that jukes you out a bit, then full speed ahead into the second half of the composition, which I mistook for a different song. With Nikki singing along with/juxtaposed against Elissa’s singing on these last two songs, it’s only Jeff doing any horns at all, but already you can hear how much thicker and more slickly co-ordinated into the sonic fabric the horn sections are gonna be on the next record.

My reassurance of this comes on the very next song when Jeff’s sax playing gets an airy sax solo on “Octopus Trap.” I get my audience-of-one privilege to the max when they pause to let me run and grab a beer outta the fridge. “Hunt” is next. Driving, hard and upbeat it’s another great ride. I notice Jeff fall back as they run through this. I soon confirm that the horn parts haven’t been written for that one yet. Even fresher than that they spend a few minutes noodling around with a yet unnamed tune that it seems they came up with last week.

They go over a few parts of this newer one several times, the rhythm section of Zack & Lori talks to Jon on how they might all play certain changes – as they do that Nikki grabs the trumpet again and pairs off with Jeff to play with ideas on what the horns could be doing. They are literally double tasking in cohesive little groups; at once both separated into compartments but building as a whole. The third time around I can already hear the composition tightening up. They discuss doing the chorus as a ‘wall of farts and burps’.

A conversation about what good fartists they’d have to be to pull that off leads to a debate about putting instruments in butts, on through to a concern from Jeff about splinters. “Wear a condom!” I suggest. “Safe sax,” Nikki points out. She rethinks, and adds “Hey, great sticker right?” I agree. A minute later we all agree that a recorder is actually probably the best option if you had to stick an instrument up your ass.

Somehow this meanders around to Zack pointing out that both he and I are Xennials, a pocket generation that overlaps Generation X & the Millenials because we were born in 1977. It’s something I’m gonna have to Google later, but aren’t we getting a little off the topic of the new Molly Rhythm stuff?

Yeah. So…

Sixth time, from the top. Nikki and Elissa are already trying out melodies on the mic now. I almost didn’t notice Elissa has been scribbling away with pencil and paper the entire time too. It sounds pretty solid till we get to the ‘jungle swing’ part that’s been getting talked and mapped out the last half hour.

But Lori’s getting the bassline nailed down now on that portion. Jon shows her on his guitar the chords he thinks drop in the beat best, she switches to that and he resumes jamming over that. The next two minutes is some pretty fucking sick jam space for a punk metal ska band. And I’m a Phish obsessive. Plus, llama taboot, they got it all recorded! This whole practice is being recorded for future reference.

I think the finish of this song may have just got composed. I got lucky as fuck to be there for the genesis of that one. I don’t even know what it will be called by the time it gets to the record, though based on their track record, I’d expect it to be a witty little pun/double entendre. If this article was your first introduction to Molly Rhythm please get your ass over to MollyRhythm.com or check them out on YouTube.3

Once again it’s been a blast to get to interview (and this time partake in the jam!) of a crazy talented underground group. Thanks for tuning in to PlanetPhoebe. Till next time. Adios my nachos.

1. That’s a portmanteau I invented for “scummy/humble.”

2. Lori did not segue to talk of murals out of nowhere, I had to edit down certain discussions. As it is this article is still over 6000 words!! Lori works as an artist and does murals, so this is a point of interest to her.

3. Molly Rhythm – “Elephant Graveyard” GTG Records – A BlankTV World Premiere! -a good starting point

Interview By: Phoebe A. Xavier - Urban Vacancy Press


"WMMR Local Shot's Artist of the Month"

The members of Molly Rhythm been in cahoots musically for quite some time, in one form or another. A diverse appreciation for music coupled with varied influences commands a truly unique sound. With distinct harmonies, an insatiable drive to perform and create, you'll not be left wanting for better entertainment or artistic stimulation. Molly Rhythm released its debut album It Is What It Isn't on GTG Records in May of 2013 and received huge local praise and support from the tough-to-please Trenton NJ music scene, as well as garnering the notice of several promoters in the Philadelphia area. Their sophomore album The Devil Never Comes was released in 2014, and was highly anticipated in the Tri-State area. This ten track follow-up endeavor further explored Molly Rhythm's penchant for genre mash-ups and intensely dynamic song writing, while introducing the use of saxophone and trombone to further augment their sound. The Devil Never Comes has a quality of recording, performance and song writing that (arguably) eclipses It Is What It Isn't, and the band has leveraged this album in order to gain the foundation for international momentum.

See the band LIVE as MMR rocks Hollystock Festival on August 13th and 14th in Mt. Holly, NJ - WMMR


"Thrash and Flash This Wild NJ Band Stands Out"

The crew in Molly Rhythm were on the verge of tears, laughing as they explained how one of their vocalists, Elissa Sapp, scaled the side of the historic Roebling Wire Works building in Trenton -- for no reason at all -- "like some kind of squirrel or something."

"She was hanging over the edge and you could see the looks of horror on the volunteers' faces," saxophonist Jeff Sward said, referencing the staff at Art All Night in June 2014, an annual festival that features 24 hours of live music. "She was scolded and told not to do that again."

Good luck keeping that spontaneity in check. Molly Rhythm has been defined by a certain freewheeling inventiveness, and through five years of thrashing histrionics, the seven-piece has molded itself into one of the banner groups defining Trenton's eclectic local scene

"We're not a cult, but we'd like to be," vocalist Nikki Nalbone laughed.

Before Molly Rhythm, Nalbone and Sward met at Championship, a bar in Trenton where Nalbone still works and the band regularly performs.

"She found out I played saxophone and she demanded I start playing again," Sward said. "I didn't have a choice in the matter. So here I am."

Half the group lives in Trenton (the others hail from Philadelphia), where a music and arts scene survives under the city's crime-ridden reputation.

"It's crazy how many different groups of people are already playing music here, and they don't even know each other," Nalbone said.

In a scene that also includes local punk powerhouses Honah Lee and rap chameleon Black Collar Biz, Molly Rhythm stands out with its mix of towering screams, haunting harmonies and a wildly energetic playing style that rivals that of Diablo Swing Orchestra. - NJ.com


"Returning from Pouzza Fest with some New Fave Bands"

“Eclectic alternative punk-rock, ska, metal, progressive whatever-anything-goes” all the way from Philadephia, PA, this group tore it up despite missing two bandmates thanks to overly thorough border guards. This was their second time at Pouzza, and they wanted to come back because they had so much fun and made so many connections. Their mantra could be “Start a band and make art,” says bassist Lori Johansson, who basically learned bass just to play in this band. Molly Rhythm has a collectively huge heart and want to use music to make an impact on the world. “We just want to rock and sing about things we care about,” said vocalist Nikki Nailbomb.

Sounds like: No Doubt, Bad Cop Bad Cop, The Creepshow - London Fuse


"The Molly Rhythm: Defying Genres, Delighting Audiences"

The saying goes that, when you love what you do for a living, you’ll never work a day in your life. It’s an apt adage for the Trenton-Philadelphia-based band Molly Rhythm. Having fun and delighting audiences is its job, and defying genres is its sideline.

On its Facebook page, Molly Rhythm describes itself as “rockish,” and perhaps Gogol Bordello would be compatible with their wide-ranging tastes, sound, and stage hijinks. But, according to Trenton resident and Molly Rhythm bassist Lori Johansson, “We don’t pigeonhole ourselves to any one genre, it’s more like active creativity. We stand by the music wholeheartedly, but we’re also really creative with our performances.”

“We have a lot of energy and really enjoy what we’re doing, which helps a lot when you’re performing,” she adds. “It’s important to have fun, but we also want the people watching us to have fun.”

Fresh from an appearance at the Wilmington (Delaware) Punk Rock Flea Market, and still stoked from May gigs at the Pouzzafest in Montreal — one of the biggest punk festivals in the world — Molly Rhythm will be at the Championship Sports Bar and Grill in Trenton, Friday, June 12. The band will be reunited with the colorful Peelander-Z, a Japanese punk band based in New York, whose members define themselves as a “Japanese Action Comic Punk band hailing from the Z area of Planet Peelander.”

In addition to Johansson on bass, Molly Rhythm has two charismatic female vocalists — Nikki Nailbomb and Elissa Janelle Velveteen. Not too long ago, the band had nine members including a trumpet and trombone player, but Johansson says Molly Rhythm has a tendency to “morph.” The band’s current lineup is now rounded out by Jon Rossi on guitar, Jeff Sward on saxophone, and drummer Collin (no last name, please). But even this roster can be flexible.

In fact, when Collin couldn’t make it to Montreal, Johansson tap-danced the drum parts, and the audience loved it.

“Yes, I tap dance,” she says. “I’m always really hyper, so I’m tapping around anyway. The tap dancing might stay — I might make it more of our routine.”

“It was amazing in Montreal, it’s a beautiful city, and it’s a super-organized festival,” she says. “There were more than 75 groups there, performing all throughout town, at any given time all around the city, from early in the evening until late at night.”

Speaking of music that lasts until the wee hours, the 24-hour festival Art All Night Trenton 2015 has announced its music lineup for Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21. Molly Rhythm will be there, along with Honah Lee, Paul Plumeri, Chalk and the Beige Americans, Black Collar Biz, A Love Like Pi, Dave Orban and the Mojo Gypsies, the Downright Down, Teeel, and numerous others. Performances will take place at the Reid Sound Main Stage, at the Historic Roebling Wire Works, at 675 South Clinton Avenue in Trenton. The music will begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, and continue for 24 hours, until 3 p.m. Sunday, June 21.

The history of Molly Rhythm isn’t as succinct as, say, how the Beatles and the Rolling Stones came together. Johansson muses that they all knew each other from the Trenton and Philadelphia punk/indie music scenes. About five years ago, the two lead singers — Nailbomb and Velveteen — invited her to play with them, then encouraged Sward to dust off his sax and join in, and the others fell in after. Molly Rhythm really materialized in 2011, and since then has played in some notable places, especially in Philadelphia.

“We really jumped into (performing),” Johansson says. “As far as Philly gigs, we’ve played the Trocadero Balcony, the TLA (Theater of the Living Arts), and the Legendary Dobbs on South Street, as well as the Voltage Lounge. We’ve also played the North Star Bar a lot — that’s where we played before with Peelander-Z. We loved the TLA — the stage is big, so we could really run around and not bump into each other.”

Earlier this year Molly Rhythm went on a mini-tour to Detroit and Lansing, Michigan, Chicago, Cincinnati, and other stops in the Midwest.

Johansson says being in Molly Rhythm is like having a full-time job. They practice often, and they’ve also been busy writing and recording. In November, 2014, the band released “The Devil Never Comes,” a collection of 13 original tracks, including a Christmas song, “Christmas Shopping While North Korea Has the Largest Death Camp in the World.”

The members have day jobs as well. Nailbomb is the Championship Bar’s manager, and is also involved in putting on events there. Championship owner Heather Ransome says Nailbomb is becoming “the face of the scene,” representing the next generation of the bar’s creative crowd, which includes visual artists as well as musicians. (See the January 14, 2015, issue of U.S. 1, “Backstage Story: Making Music and a Trenton Arts Scene.”)

“Nikki has thrown a lot of the events at the bar, such as block parties, hip hop shows, and in my opinion, she is one of the biggest parts of what makes Championship Bar what it is today, along with the general manager Drew Glenn,” Johansson says. “They both have worked hard on making the bar a safe location as well as being proactive with cleaning outside the bar and parts of the neighborhood to have a positive effect on the Trenton community, and supporting the music and art scene that is established in the area.”

Johansson’s other passion in life is visual art, and, as a multi-media artist, she does wood burning, painting, jewelry making, and sculptural work. She might get her talent from her Danish-born mother, a painter. Her father is a technology engineer.

Growing up in Lawrence, she heard all kinds of music, thanks to her parents’ vinyl collection, “Benny Goodman to Blondie to the Sex Pistols to the Beatles,” Johansson says. “They also had Mozart and some other classical music. Plus, I have an older sister who introduced me to the Smashing Pumpkins and other elements of 1990s grunge.”

It’s no accident that she can tap dance, as Johansson took tap, jazz, and ballet in her middle school years. A 2004 graduate of Lawrence High School, Johansson was involved in musical theater and choral activities there. In 2008 she graduated from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland, with a bachelor’s degree in studio art.

“I was involved in chorus and madrigal (singers) in high school, but playing an instrument is kind of a new thing for me,” Johansson says. “I got a bass and an amp when I was 18, and I would play every once in a while, pick it up here and there. But when Nikki and Elissa asked me to play, I got serious and fell in love with it.”

She hesitates to name any one musical influence, and doesn’t want to speak of the other band members’ influences, as they are vast and varied.

“For me, there are so many influences, I like so much music, and my style draws from so many different elements,” Johansson says. “The rest of the band is the same way as far as influences — it’s anything and everything.”

Connecting with other aspects of the creative scene in Trenton is important to Molly Rhythm — which, by the way, is a play on the musical term, “polyrhythm.”

Johansson shares her love of visual art by presenting “Art Chill Night” every Monday at the Championship, from 8 to midnight.

“I put out a bunch of paper, pencils, and crayons, and we invite everyone to come and draw,” she says. “I try to come up with a theme every week. It’s really fun because (visual) artists from the city come out and sometimes they bring their paintings. We see other people who don’t know how to draw, but instead of being on their cell phones, they’re playing with drawing.”

“The people who don’t think they’re artists sometimes come up with amazing things,” Johansson says. “It’s fun to try and figure out how to integrate art and music. One night when we did an art show, a friend came out and played acoustic music. It’s really relaxed, just come in and hang out, do your own thing.”

The relationship between the visual art and musical communities in Trenton came together in one of Johansson’s favorite performances. In May, 2013, Molly Rhythm played to accompany an art opening for graffiti/street artist Leon Rainbow at Gallery 219 on East Hanover Street in Trenton.

“We played right out on the sidewalk, and it was definitely one of the most interesting and fun shows we’ve ever done,” Johansson says. “We didn’t know that many people, but (folks) came out from their houses to listen, and it was nice to meet all these people who had never heard of us. It was such a welcoming experience, all about art, music and community — that’s what really drives us.”

Molly Rhythm, Championship Sports Bar and Grill, 931 Chambers Street, Trenton. Peelander-Z also performs at this all-ages show. Friday, June 12. Doors open at 6 p.m. $12. 609-394-5502. www.backstageatchamps.com. Molly Rhythm on the Web: www.mollyrhythm.com.

Art All Night Trenton 2015, Historic Roebling Wire Works, 675 South Clinton Avenue, Trenton. Saturday, June 20, 3 p.m., through Sunday, June 21, 3 p.m. Free. www.artallnighttrenton.org. - US1


"Local Music Review: Molly Rhythm, “It Is What It Isn’t”"

" There’s never a dull moment on the record"

"Amidst all this cynicism about girl groups, Molly Rhythm, a local act from the Trenton/Philadelphia punk scene, is an invigorating injection of unadulterated rock n’ roll optimism."

" with Molly Rhythm, they come across more as return-to-roots, bare-bones grasps at that ever-present rock ideal of sex, drugs, and—you know the rest."

- Portlock


"When Particles Collide / Molly Rhythm / Ganto Barn / Young Pilgrims"

When Particles Collide
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Sasha Alcott and Chris Viner make big, dramatic sounds delivered with passion and an unquenchable desire to rock. When Particles Collide aims to deliver authentic rock ‘n roll inspired from classic rock, 90′s alt and their own desire to tell passionate stories and make bold musical choices with every song.

Songwriting and musicianship come first for Sasha and Chris who have worked hard for years touring the northern and southeastern United States, honing both their craft and their sound. Audiences can not help but get swept up into the fervor of Chris’s jazz turned bombastic rock drumming style and Sasha’s strong lyrical artistry and ballsy vocal deliveries. Driving around the country with a punk rock attitude towards making things happen and a prog rock desire for precision and creativity, Sasha and Chris make music that is all their own. When Particles Collide will deliver an unforgettable pop chorus with both melody and attitude that will line up perfectly with a polyrhythmic drum passage and steady, 70′s rock style guitar playing. Their songs are a constant reminder that the whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts.

Since forming in 2010, the duo has self-released The Mass to Energy EP (no longer in print or available for download), Making Enemies, a four song EP still available for download, and Pop!Pop!Bang!Bang!, a ten song full length record available both online and in select New England stores.

Their five song E.P. “EGO” is being released by Unstoppable Rock Records in September of 2013

OUR STORY
Sasha and Chris met in Bangor Maine during the Penobscot Theatre Company’s 2010 production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Sasha was cast as a guitar playing Yitzhak and Chris played Schlatko, the band’s drummer. Not long after the show’s run came to an end, Chris and Sasha began living together, and subsequently making music together. On June 22, 2013 the band became a marriage. The ceremony and celebration fittingly took place on the Penobscot Theatre Company’s stage, sandwiched between performances by two rock bands. Nathan Halvorson who was the musical director of Hedwig officiated their nuptials and over 150 friends, family and fans rocked out late into the night.
In August of 2013 the duo will relocated to Exeter NH and continue to play and tour relentlessly. Although geographically they will be somewhere else, their hearts and rock ‘n roll souls are firmly planted in Bangor Maine. Sasha and Chris hope that their hometown will continue to grow and flourish as a destination for live, original, independent music.
Sasha is a high school Chemistry teacher and Chris runs their company Unstoppable Rock.
It is highly likely that Sasha and Chris will ask to sleep on your couch, they will definitely be seen eating peanut butter and chocolate late at night, and if Michael Jackson is being played, they will be dancing.



Molly Rhythm
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This Philadelphia/Trenton based act is a multi-chick fronted eclectic, eccentric, theatrical, kicking and screaming, face melting music machine. The members have been working together in different combinations creating music in one form or another for quite sometime, spanning genres such as creepy alt rock, blues, reggae, classical, punk, classic rock, hip-hop, and metal. A diverse appreciation for music, coupled with such varied influences, commands a truly unique sound. With distinct harmonies and an insatiable drive to perform and create, you’ll not be left wanting for better entertainment or artistic stimulation.



Ganto Barn
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GANTO BARN is a 3 piece heavy rock band that has been described as almost a throwback to music of the 1990′s(and why not, they’re influenced by the time they grew up in). They dedicate themselves to making music on their own terms, and nobody else’s. In getting back to basics, Guitarist/Vocalist, Eric Serota, and Drummer, Zach Brown have breathed life back in to not only writing music that comes from the heart, but pushing the energy on stage to a whopping 100%, getting the audience involved in some good ol’ slamdancing.

Ganto Barn’s main influences are, but not limited to: Queens of the Stone Age, Nirvana, Local H, The Burning Brides, The Melvins, Tad, TripleFastAction, L7, Babes in Toyland, Tori Amos, Regina Spektor, PJ Harvey, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, The Ramones, The Misfits, Anti-Nowhere League, 7 Year Bitch, The Cure, HUM, Helmet, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Motorhead, Fu-Manchu, Nebula, Paw, Butthole Surfers, Beck, Green River, Mudhoney, just to name a few.

Ganto Barn was originally founded in July 1998 by Eric Serota, and bassist, Chris Post, who used a drum machine off of a Casio Keyboard to supplment the absence of a drummer, on a demo tape known as”The Prez-Erections” tape.(Prez-Erections was also their original name).Over the course of the next few years, the band would see many personel come and go, mostly close friends who went on the start other bands. Whether it be, guitarist Joe Hubbard currently of LifeSlidesDown, Drummer Nick Hatsis, currently of She Ends All, Drummer Craig Pfeiffer, currently of QUINT, or long lost friend and original drummer, Sid Mehta, Ganto Barn has always been a working unit between friends, and keeps it more on a personal level as apposed to hired guns, or general business orientation that has polluted music for way too long. Ganto Barn recorded their 1st album(self titled), in 2001 with Steve Poponi, of GradwellHouse Recording, and played out around South Jersey, and Philly, while also hosting local shows at their residence in Cherry Hill,NJ, from 1999-2002. However with Drummers coming and going, Eric and Chris decided to re-record, and re-issue their first release, which they named “Demerol Dreams” as an EP,(with Chris Post as the engineer) to coincide with current lineups in 2005, and quickly began writing songs for what would be their 2nd self-release “The Gorgeously Hanged”

Even when long time bassist, Chris Post stepped away from the band, Eric kept the flames burning by seeking out someone who shared the same passion, and was a kicking, solid drummer. In Sept 2006, a local South Philly drummer/bassist named, Rob Montenegro, who had played drums in a band called Sourdough, and bass in a band called The Wonderland Murders, responded to a craigslist post, and mentioned that he shared the same passion for music, and wanted to get together. Call it providence, call it fate, or karma at work, rather what you will, you could feel the impact immediately, and just as quickly the DUO started playing shows all around the Philly, and Southern New Jersey area. They took to the stage with feriousity in places like: The Fire, The 5 Spot, The Khyber, The North Star Bar, JC Dobbs(when it re-opened briefly), The Rusty Nail, The Cherrywood Lounge, The Pennent East, Dr Watson’s Pub, Bootleggers, Whiskey Tango, The M-Room, The Trocadero, and The Street Rd Bar and Grill, over the course of the next couple years, winning over fans, bands, and friends alike.

In March 2008, Ganto Barn, briefly as a power trio with Chris Post picking up bass duties once more, recorded their 2nd album “The Gorgeously Hanged” once again with Steve Poponi at Gradwell House Recordings new home in Haddon Heights, NJ. It took roughly 2 days to record 11 songs, overdubs included, and one extra afternoon for mixing and mastering, Being excited about the new album, Ganto Barn decided to throw a record release party in celebration on August 30th,2008 @ Philly’s own JC Dobbs(the club where Nirvana, Green Day, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, and Tool all played to 50 people at a time, before they were famous), with fellow friends, She Ends All, Victor Victor Band, and Surgeon opening. The album got quite a bit of attention among the crowds that have been witnessing their shows, and having radio airplay on 94.1FM WYSP for “Loud and Local”, along with guest spots on WMMR Local shots night @ Doc Watsons proved not too shabby either.

With Ganto Barn back as a 2 piece, possibly envoking the image, and energy of one of their favorite bands, Local H, both Eric and Rob hope to take everything they’ve accomplished the next level, while they continue to play, write, record, and also have become a force of booking power. Founding Slingblade booking/productions in April 2008, Ganto Barn plays host to local bands that have shown their support for their music, as well as touring acts who grace the same stages, and have the same love and desire for music, that is their livelyhoods. .

Their EP of “Demerol Dreams” is available through the band upon request only at present time, but will see proper release in the future.
Their album “The Gorgeously Hanged” is available through the band, iTunes, Rhapsody, CdBaby, Amazon, and Target.com.
A new album (as of yet untitled) is in the works, which will feature the writing of BOTH members for the first time, and shall be rearing its ugly face this coming fall.

For The Future, the guys hope to accomplish the following:
Achieve enough notoriety to finally call this their career
Work with many other good people/musicians to keep GB fresh, fun, and expansive on their sound.
Have a good time
Tour the world
blow your minds
most importantly, Keep Rock n Roll alive, and to give it the swift kick in the balls it desperately needs right now.



Young Pilgrims
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In the days when kings and queens flew to and fro in planes and helicopters, a salt-and-pepper widower sat down to dinner with his first date in years. His jokes, once glib and urbane, now creaked and groaned like notes eked out of a cuckoo clock long unwound. After eating for some time, she dabbed her mouth with her napkin.

“Jeff,” she began, her voice ringing cold with the sober tenor of practicality, “at our age, partnership isn’t about love. It’s about economics. And frankly, there’s no hope that either of us will be able to find someone else to marry. The sooner you accept it, the sooner we can get on with our lives.”

So began The Young Pilgrims.

This happens all the time in Band City.

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The result of a merger between two high-school bands, Young Pilgrims are:

Sean Brown: Singer, guitarist, and film student at Temple.
Zack Abel: Bassist, soft tenor backing vocalist, and Montco student.
Jesse Appel: Drummer/Percussionist and music therapy student at Elizabethtown.

Our first album, Kyoko and a Rocket to the Moon, was released July 2013. It was recorded in Rhawn Street Studios in Philadelphia with mixing and mastering done by Zach Brown. Physical copies will be available, as well as digital copies via Itunes and Bandcamp. The album features session synth work by Sean McLaughlin and a guitar solo by Jeremy Max. - That Mag


"Show Report - September 18th - Trocadero Balcony"

... “This song’s called Christmas Shopping While North Korea Has The Largest Death Camp in the World.” ~ Nicky Nailbomb

Molly Rhythm, the final band of the evening, was the only one granted a set longer than twenty minutes, and they made the most of it. Fronted by co-lead singers, Janelle Velveteen and Nicky Nailbomb, the eight piece ensemble (they usually run with nine but were down a trumpet player) tore through a tight, genre bending set of tunes that used 3rd wave ska as a launching pad for their own wild and eclectic version of what a band can sound like in 2014. Molly certainly knows its way around a chorus, and there were big, hooky moments throughout the night that touched on the pleasure centers of early No Doubt and Less Than Jake, but in terms of the breadth of its imagination and the variety of sounds they explored, 80’s 3rd wave innovators Fishbone are probably a better comparison.

These aren’t just songs the band has constructed, they’re six to nine minute hyper colliders of ska, punk, pop, metal, and swing (yes, I said swing goddamnit) that played out over the course of the evening like a Gonzo’s take on a Choose Your Own Adventure story, except Molly was making all the calls. There’s real tension to the way the songs evolve, contradict, and double back on themselves—a sweetly harmonized melodic line can swerve into a screaming thrash with breakneck speed— and rarely are you left in the same place for long. With all those changes coming at you, it helps to be guided by front women as dynamic as Nailbomb and Velveteen. The two of them weaved, bounced, and ping-ponged off one another on stage all the while trading off expertly executed lead lines and harmonies. At one point, Velveteen came bursting into the crowd, squirming on her back all over the floor.

The band’s two guitar attack was complimented nicely by the horn section, a relatively recent addition to the band but one that’s been fully integrated into their manic stylistic changes, and lead guitarist, Andrew Vought, has a knack for playing within the context of everything that’s happening around him. When he does slice through for the occasional solo, it’s a well-crafted moment that bridges us to a new place or tacks a stinging punctuation onto whatever came before it.

I highly recommend seeing them live now while they’re still playing smaller clubs and $7 shows. Like Gogol Bordello and Brooklyn’s Red Barrett, they’ve fused sounds from all over the world into a raucous carnival that’s best experienced up close and personal. They’ll be playing at Artworks in Trenton, NJ on October 25th and are coming to Philly’s XO Lounge for a Halloween show on Friday the 31st. -


"BENEFIT FOR THE CLINIC FEATURING MOLLY RHYTHM, MOSTLY MAYBE AND RRAS SUPERGROUP"

... About the Performers:

Molly Rhythm is from the Philadelphia/Trenton area. The band is fronted
by vocalists Elissa Sapp and Nikki Nalbone. They describe the band as
an “eclectic, eccentric, theatrical, kicking and screaming, face melting
music machine.” The members have been working together in different
combinations creating music in one form or another for quite some time,
spanning genres such as creepy alt rock, blues, reggae, classical, punk,
classic rock, hip-hop and metal. A diverse appreciation for music
coupled with such varied influences command a truly unique sound. With
distinct harmonies, an insatiable drive to perform and create, you'll
not be left wanting for better entertainment or artistic stimulation.

Mostly Maybe from the Phoenixville area, is no stranger to Steel City audiences.
They perform songs that are thoughtfully crafted to express the purest
heartbreak and the highest heights of elation. Their sound features

powerful, intricately woven harmonies, unique song structures and clean,
pure guitar riding atop groovin' bass lines and crisp, tasteful drums. ... - thepatch.com


"Lineup announced for free outdoor concert series in Trenton"

A free outdoor concert series on Trenton's Capital Green this summer will fill the air with a wide variety of sounds, from salsa to rock.

The Levitt AMP Trenton Music Series, a series of 10 family-friendly concerts, will kick off on July 25 with salsa artist Jimmy Bosch and his Sextet from Another World. The concerts will be held every Saturday at 7 p.m. through Sept. 26.

The concert series was made possible with a $25,000 matching grant from the AMP Your City competition presented by Levitt Pavilions and the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation. NJM Insurance Company is the local sponsor.

The capital city was chosen after a four-week period in November where members of the public voted on their favorite proposals.

Trenton Downtown Association executive director Christian Martin said he hopes the series will be a way to draw people into Trenton through the arts.

"It's a great opportunity to highlight the arts and put on a diverse concert series that brings people to downtown Trenton and hopefully they'll stay or come early and experience some of our restaurants, museums and the best that Trenton has to offer," he said.

The downtown area is otherwise quiet on Saturday nights, he said.

"We want them to know we're open for business and the Old Barracks, the State Museum, the Trent House, the planetarium are open on the weekends," he said.

The Capital Green is a large grassy area located at 201 Barrack Street behind the State House and adjacent to the Trenton War Memorial. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs.

Martin said there is plenty of parking and state and city police will be monitoring the area.

"These free concerts will offer a wonderful opportunity for Trentonians and folks throughout the region to come together and enjoy great, live music under the stars," said Mike Van Wagner, NJM's vice president of public affairs.

Here's the lineup:

July 25 — Jimmy Bosch y Su Sexteto del Otro Mundo (salsa); opening act: Alexander el hijo del pueblo (bachata)

Aug. 1 — Elikeh (world/Afropop/rock)

Aug. 8 — Tomas Doncker Band (soul singer-songwriter) with The Blue Method (funk/soul/rock)

Aug. 15 — Low Cut Connie (rock 'n roll) with Honah Lee (high energy rock)

Aug. 22 — Orrin Evans' Captain Black Big Band (jazz)

Aug. 29 — Justin Trawick and the Common Good (urban folk rock/singer-songwriter) with The 9

Sept. 5 — NJ Capital Philharmonic chamber ensemble (classical)

Sept. 12 — Blondes (techno) with A Love Like Pi (rock, electronica)

Sept. 19 — Danileila Cotton (rock/blues) with Chalk and the Beige Americans (grassroots organic soul-hop)

Sept. 26 — To be announced with Molly Rhythm (rock) - nj.com


Discography

It Is What It Isn't - 2013

The Devil Never Comes - 2014

Dark Matters - 2019


Appears On:
Analog Trenton -2019

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Bio

Molly Rhythm released its debut album, "It Is What It Isn't", on GTG Records in May of 2013 and received local praise and support from the Trenton NJ music scene. Their sophomore album, "The Devil Never Comes", was released in the final quarter of 2014, and was highly anticipated in the Tri-State area.  This ten track follow-up endeavor further explored Molly Rhythm's penchant for genre mash-ups and intensely dynamic song writing, while introducing the use of saxophone and trombone to further augment their sound.  "The Devil Never Comes" has a quality of recording, performance and song writing that eclipses "It Is What It Isn't", and the band has leveraged this album in order to gain the foundation for national, and even international momentum. 

Highlights of their travels include playing Warped Tour, Pouzza Fest (4 times), SXSW, The Detroit Ska Festival, Art All Night Trenton, and WMMR's Mistletoe Jam. 

Band Members