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Never Forsaken

Vineland, New Jersey, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Vineland, New Jersey, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
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Alternative rock fans who love to have a good time will be more than happy to hear about a little something called the Festival Of Fire, which is taking place Saturday, April 19, at 1 p.m. at the Bridgewater Pub in Bridgeton. More importantly, this festival would not be happening if it wasn't for Bound By Nothing, a band made up of local musicians who are presenting this event in honor of their EP release, "Nine Thirty In Kansas."

For those who have never heard of Bound By Nothing, guitarist Jim Dallett says the band is usually compared to Sevendust or the Foo Fighters.

"We actually pride ourselves on the fact that not many folks approach us and tell us we sound like another band," Dallett adds.

Bound By Nothing is a fierce musical foursome that hails from southern New Jersey, but oddly enough, the band plays the majority of its gigs in Pennsylvania.

"When we do get to play in the area, it's always great to see more and more people coming out because they heard about what the band was up to out of state," Dallett says. "It's more enjoyable to stay on our home turf in South Jersey so that our friends and family can be involved."

Whether or not you are part of the band's immediate family or friend base, Bound By Nothing promises to make you feel like you're a part of that inner circle at every gig they play.

"People who come out to an Bound By Nothing show can expect to see us interacting with other bands, fans and family members that come to hear us," Dallett assures. "People can also expect to hear a cross section of our many writing styles. We play tastefully heavy music that is catchy and unique; no song in our repertoire is like another."

Even if Bound By Nothing is breaking ground with a new EP and headlining an all-day event, Dallett assures fans that no ego comes with this band package.

"The band has a code of ethics that can be quickly boiled down to treating others as we wish to be treated; this includes fans and the bands we play with," Dallett says. "If you come to a Bound by Nothing event, you won't experience any of the 'rock star attitude' that is often the turn-off factor for many bands. The music exudes the warmth of our values on and offstage, and our fans appreciate that more than anything."

What They Play: Bound By Nothing plays original alternative rock. The band has sometimes been compared to the Foo Fighters and Sevendust.

New To Setlist: "Our setlist has close to 20 original songs, but we do have one popular cover song that we adopted," Dallett says. "It is a '70s R&B/Motown tune called "Vehicle" by Ides Of March. We always get a great response when we play that song."

Roster: Matt Clarke, lead vocals, guitar; Jim Dallett, guitar; Ray Merckx, drums, backing vocals; Norm Hibbs, bass.

Why They're Cool: Bound By Nothing is putting on a musical festival -The Festival Of Fire - at the Bridgewater Pub in Bridgeton on Saturday, April 19. The band members gathered some other local bands, including Impulsive Decision, The Minutes, Desieve and many others to also perform. This party will also have a DJ who performs between every band's set and a special appearance by the South Jersey Derby Girls. All this, plus all-day-long drink and food specials, is only $5.

Originals: The newest Bound By Nothing EP, "Nine Thirty In Kansas," is the highlight of the Festival Of Fire taking place this Saturday at the Bridgewater Pub in Bridgeton. Bound By Nothing also has plans to go back to the studio this winter to record more original music. To purchase the EP, you can visit Level Up Entertainment, located in the Tilton Times Plaza in Northfield, or go to www.digstation.com/

boundbynothing.

Claim To Fame: The Spector Company, an up-and-coming guitar company, sponsors both guitarists for Bound By Nothing, Matt Clarke and Jim Dallett. Clarke and Dallett are among the first guitarists to gain sponsorship by the Spector Company, and they both play the ARC6 model.

Go See Them: 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19 at the Festival Of Fire at The Bridgewater Pub, located on Laurel Street in Bridgeton; 9 p.m. Friday, April 25, at the Derby Girls Pajama Party, Bridgewater Pub; 9 p.m. May 16 at The Pearl, located on the Somers Point Circle in Somers Point.

Web Sites:
www.boundbynothing.com,
www.myspace.com/bxnband.


- Story by Rebecca Grites; photo provided by Bound By Nothing - Press of Atlantic City


Discography

Nine Thirty in Kansas - EP
Legacy - EP
The Color Line - LP
Failure is not an Option - EP

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Electrifying Christian rock and worship band Never Forsaken shares songs that reflect members’ enthusiasm for the lush melodies and harmonies of Christian praise music and heavy Christian rock and are sparked by their gratitude for the expressive gift of music that connects hearts and minds and replenishes the soul. The group’s large sound and spirit-moving lyrics further their mission to spread comforting messages about God’s awesome power, letting others know they are not alone in life’s struggle and can emerge as victors over any challenge. Lois Dallett (bass), Jim Dallett (guitar), Denise Jubb (lead vocals), Carlos Figueroa (guitar), Sam Santos (keyboards) join forces for the group’s debut eight-song EP, The Journey Here, a mixture of tracks with catchy hooks that range from symphonic rockers and epic power ballads, to rambling tunes with a country/Southern rock vibe. Their songwriting style is inspired by an array of groundbreaking, imaginative Christian and secular artists, including Plumb, Jesus Culture, Casting Crowns, Hillsong, August Burns Red, Breaking Benjamin, John Mayer and Nightwish.

The seed for Never Forsaken was planted the summer of 2011, when husband and wife team Lois and Jim accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior and began attending church regularly. At that time, they had already been performing secular rock music – both originals and covers – in clubs and bars around New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware, but wanted to lend their musical talents to a church in order to give back and celebrate God’s kingdom with a congregation. While church-hopping throughout southern New Jersey, they finally discovered a church in Vineland, New Jersey that would align with both their spiritual beliefs and their penchant for creating thunderous, faith-based rock n’ roll. They decided to form their own musical ministry in March of 2012 and recruited fellow congregants as well as seasoned musicians from bands with which they had previously played. Guitarist Carlos and keyboardist, songwriter and friend Sam enthusiastically joined, followed by powerhouse singer/songwriter Denise. Never Forsaken is also blessed to have an extended support team made up of sound technician Bob Burgess, live photographer Denisse Santos, videographer Bobby Weinhardt, charitable ministry spokeswoman Shawna Weinhardt and director of merchandise Cassie Satterfield.

Never Forsaken continues to move audiences throughout its home state and beyond. The Journey Here was recorded at Lakeside Studio in Knoxville, TN, produced by Dove Award-winning producer Travis Wyrick (P.O.D., Pillar, Disciple) and features the skills of legendary drummer Lester Estelle (Pillar, Kelly Clarkson). The Journey Here will release in May 2014.


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