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Rahway, New Jersey, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2000 | SELF

Rahway, New Jersey, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2000
Band Rock Metal





Rahway mixes heart and the hardest blistering rock this side of Seether and Theory of a Deadman, they are guaranteed to get any crowd moving with their intense guitar-driven live show. Rahway is a nonstop rock fest, with an unlimited amount of energy, guaranteed for every performance.

Since rolling out of New Jersey’s industrial wasteland, Rahway to be exact, these perennial rock underdogs are ready to take over the world! David Cardenas, guitarist, his brother, and drummer Steve Cardenas, along with vocalist Nick Hade and bassist Chigger, feel that their latest CD, Undefeated, is a fresh opportunity to prove themselves as many bands from Jersey have done in the past. We had a chance to talk with the band’s drummer, Steve Cardenas.


“Me and my brother have been together forever. Nick, we met when our band and his band played a show together, so we stole him. Chigger, we knew from the music circuit and it just made sense.”

Behind the name:

“Our original name was Sun and we were working with Aerosmith’s producer Jack Douglas. Jack got to talking about us and Steven Tyler didn’t like our name. At the time we were rehearsing in Rahway, Steven Tyler said we should just name the band Rahway. Who are we to argue. (laughs)”


“How we goof around but just at the right time we seem to pull it together and then it’s all business. Songs come to the band in different forms, a lot of times I come in with a few ideas or whole songs that get reworked by the guys, sometimes my brother or Chigger will come up with a riff and we run with it.”

A few words about the new EP, Slumlords of New Jersey:

“How beautifully everything just worked out together, Mike Orlando from Adrenaline Mob, who produced the EP, being on the same page as us and everyone just putting in their best. Very beautifully done.”

Describing the new EP in five words:

“Refreshing, different, powerful, melodic, groovy.”

Fun facts:

“One-time years back we were doing a DIY recording, everything was pretty much done, Dave just finished all the guitar work. A little back story on Dave, he tends to be very serious, as I’m the opposite very goofy. I decided to play a joke on Dave by hiding the guitar solo on one song and replacing it with a Kazoo. (laughs) It was so funny. Obviously, the guitar solo was still there but for that moment the look on Dave’s face was priceless.”

“I hope to see everyone very soon, hopefully, 2021 will be a better year for rock bands. Peace love and everyone be safe. Don’t forget to visit us at http://www.RahwayBand.com to pick up some Rahway swag and download your copy of our new EP, Slumlord of New Jersey.” - MyTouché Blog

"Chigger phones in to Heavy New York"

We had Rahway, AKA The Slumlords of New Jersey to talk rock, live music, NJ metal and so much more on HNY \m/ \m/ - Heavy New York

"Metal Inside(r) Home Quarantine: Rahway’s Chigger – “Be patient”"

Metal Inside(r) Home Quarantine is Metal Insider’s new column during this time of isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We asked artists five questions on what’s been keeping them busy ranging from their favorite movies, food they’ve been eating, music they’ve been listening to and more. We caught up with Rahway bassist Chigger as he’s been spending this time with his family.

What have you been doing to pass time during Quarantine?

I’ve been spending time with my beautiful wife and our one-year old daughter. I’ve also started a new job as the PR Manager for a high-end casino resort in Atlantic City. With Rahway, we filmed a quarantined music video called “Sugar” off of our new EP Slumlords of NJ. The video featured cameos from all of our music friends including Don Jamieson from That Metal Show, PJ Farley from Trixter, RA and Fozzy, and John Kosco from Dropbox, Saint Caine and Revel at Dusk. We also found time to film our new music video for a song called “Stone.”

Have you been listening to any music or have any playlists worth checking out?

I have to be honest, the only thing I’ve been listening to lately is our new EP, Slumlords of NJ on a loop. I am so proud of this new CD. I really haven’t listened to anything else as of late.

A lot of people have been spending this time cooking including making their own bread, what food have you been prepping during this time?

I actually learned that I am a really good cook! I made homemade ice cream. I’ve made some amazing Chinese food from family recipes, Italian and Persian dishes from my wife’s family recipes and some Latin dishes. I mean these were restaurant quality dishes. Just ask my wife!

In terms of entertainment, what movies, TV shows, books, or games have been keeping you busy?

We actually binged watched so many series! We watched The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Sopranos, Lost, Revenge, Ozark, The Last Kingdom, and The Handmaid’s Tale. I also played a lot of Madden and MLB The Show because we missed sports.

What advice do you have for your fans in isolation during this time?

Be patient! Live music will happen again. For now, pay attention to YouTube and Spotify for new music. Bands are still releasing new music and there’s new music out there that will eventually start playing live when this is all past us. - Metal Insider

"Nick and Dave on the Stereo Jo Show - Exclusive Acoustic Performance of Sugar"

"Interview and acoustic
performance at the 44:48 mark.
Nick Hade and David Cardenas..." - The Stereo Jo Show

"Jersey Rock Video of the Week"

Rahway is back with a brand new EP! “Slumlords of NJ” is a 5-song guitar-driven release. It will get your head banging and your adrenaline flowing. “Slumlords of NJ” is not only well-received, it is arguably Rahway’s best effort to date. The EP was produced by Mike Orlando of Adrenaline Mob at his Sonic Stomp Studios in Staten Island.

Score a download of “Slumlords of NJ” at rahwayband.com. Physical copies will be available when in-person performances resume.

The video for “Stone” opens with a TMZ-style paparazzi interrogation of the band as the enter the studio. The excitement begins when the action shifts inside and the band begins to play. According to bass player Tim Louie “it’s actually one of my favorite songs on the record” “its heavy, in your face; it rocks.” Louie’s statement is spot on. “Stone” is a high-octane rush. It’s a single with unquestionable power and clear mass-appeal potential. This track should garner attention far beyond the slums of NJ!

Keep track of Rahway on their facebook fanpage!

Check out the video for “Stone”: https://youtu.be/CT0MOvpd1HM - 95.5 FM WRAT

"Review: Rahway – Slumlords Of New Jersey"


Slumlords Of New Jersey – Self Released

Guaranteed goodtime guitar band, New Jersey four piece Rahway, have set us up with a five track EP which rocks, shocks, surprises and includes a cover of ‘Jet’ originally by Paul McCartney And Wings. As you do. Opener ‘Acetylene’ revs up proceedings nicely with a spikey, raw, punk feel. ‘Stone’ drops more of a heavier tone. ‘Only The Strong’ is a rocking, groovesome track which shows its true colours through wailing guitars and vocals, underpinned by pounding yet slick drums. ‘Sugar’, on the other hand, is a complete curveball – it’s a gentle (ish), dare we say it … rock ballad (again, ish) … And ‘Jet’ is, well, ‘Jet! Wooooo oooooo oooooo oooooooooooooooooo.’ ‘Slumlords Of New Jersey’ is a solid statement.

Rahway – Facebook

Review by Jo Wright - Devolution Magazine

"Going Places with Dina Guzzardo"

Dina: Today, we’re talking with Tim Louie, who is the bass player of the awesome heavy metal band Rahway. Before we talk about your group Rahway, I’d like to know a little bit more about what inspired you to get into the music business.

Tim: Well, I got into the music business a long, long time ago. I started playing guitar in high school and then I went to my first concert, Motley Crue live at the Meadowlands Arena. And then I said, you know what, I could do that! And ever since then, it’s been like a long journey in and out of bands. till finally landed in the right one, in a band called Rahway. It’s made up of two brothers, the Cardenas brothers, Dave and Steve. They’re the guitar player and the drummer. And we have a singer named Nick Fielding who is also in the band. But I’m the most recent member of the band. And, you know, together we just make magic. I don’t know what it is.

Dina: I read somewhere that you’re a big fan of Nikki Sixx, and that’s probably why you started playing the bass?

Tim: Yeah, he’s the reason why I picked up the bass. I actually play his style of bass.

Dina: Was Steven Tyler of Aerosmith the one who gave Rahway its name? Can you tell me a little bit about how that came about?

Yeah, so, the band Rahway used to be called Sun many, many years ago, and the brothers were recording with a producer named Jack Douglas, who used to produce Aerosmith at the time. And he actually was talking about the band to Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. He played a couple of songs and Steven Tyler really liked the songs. He goes, Who’s this band? And Jack Douglas says, “these guys are called Sun” and he goes, “That’s a terrible name! Where are they from?” And Jack Douglas said, Oh, they’re from Rahway, New Jersey. He goes, “Why don’t they just call the band Rahway?” Ever since then, the name stuck.

Dina: What about the second half of the name, The Slumlords of New Jersey. Where did that come from?

Tim: That’s a funny story, I’m not sure if you’re familiar with Juliet Huddy. She used to be on Fox in New York. She was a reporter up there. And one day she interviewed the band, and it was one of those emailed questions that we had to answer. And for some reason I called us the slumlords of New Jersey as a description of the band. And it all of a sudden, we started using it as a hashtag. And our producer that produced our new CD, Slumlords of New Jersey, said to us, that’s a really bad ass name. And I said, why don’t we just call the CD Slumlords of New Jersey? And everyone was like, yeah, that’s a good idea. So we stuck with it.

Dina: Speaking of nicknames, while doing some research about Rahway, I learned your nickname was Chigger, How did that come about?

Tim: I’ve had that since I was a kid. You know, we all we always knew that I was the annoying one in my group of friends. And then, what’s more annoying than being bitten by a Chigger? It was either that they’re going to call me or tick or they were going to call me Chigger. So, they stuck with Chigger.

Dina: Is there a certain artist or band that’s influenced your journey as a musician?

Tim: Yeah, it’s definitely Motley Crue. The entire band is influenced. You know, everything that I’ve done, they’ve influenced my attitude in life and they’ve got me through some tough times as a teenager. I mean, there’s also bands like Pantera who, you know, I became friends with the entire band. Actually, Rex Brown is a good friend of mine. There’s also the guys on Skid Row, fellow New Jersey guys, Guns and Roses, of course, Metallica, like a lot of those hard rock bands or what I grew up listening to, but Motley Crue is still my be all and end all, my ride or die idol for sure.

Dina: So Rahway just released a new 11 song CD titled Undefeated and a five song EP entitled, Slumlords of New Jersey. Can you tell me a little bit about these new releases and where your fans can purchase them?

Tim: Well, Undefeated is about I think that I think that would be two years old now. Slumlords of New Jersey just came out last week. So that’s the five song EP. Two of those songs were written by my guitar player and I while we were doing our side project and before I joined Rahway, that’s how old the two of those songs are. But they rock and we actually have a cover on there also from Paul McCartney and Wings, called “Jet”. So yeah, we rocked it out. Undefeated is actually a really good CD, too. [laughing] Is there 11 songs on it? I don’t even remember!

Dina: Can purchase them on your website?

Tim: Yeah. Rahwayband.com. They’re all for sale on there. iTunes have it, CD Baby has it. But the one that we’re really trying to push right now is Slumlords of New Jersey because I just love that CD and it’s got attitude. I mean I’m not sure if you heard the song “Sugar” yet, but that has about twenty-five thousand views already, which we’re ecstatic about.

Dina: Who writes the music for the band or is it like more of a joint effort?

Tim: Oh yeah, it’s a collaboration. I mean a lot of times our drummer, Steve is one of the brothers, he can come in with an idea and he tells me what notes to play and we’ll work on it. And then before you know, when we leave the rehearsal studio, we have a new song. There are also times where my lead guitar player, Dave and I, would come in with a really heavy guitar riff and then work on that, and all of a sudden, we have a song. So, it’s a collaboration. And Nick adds that that modern vocal styling to it.

Dina: So, there’s one person in your band who is a Bigfoot fan?

Tim: [Laughing] Haha, yeah. How do you find this stuff?

Dina: [Laughing] I don’t know!

Tim: Yeah, my guitar player, Dave he kind of looks like Bigfoot. So, we make fun of him a lot. But he yeah, he loves Bigfoot. And sometimes you watch some of the Rahway videos, you go back and look at some of the old ones. You’ll see an excerpt where there’s Bigfoot is involved somehow, like you’ll see his face flash on the screen.

Dina: Rahway has enjoyed huge success and has even had the opportunity to play with hugely successful bands like Skid Row. How did you get that opportunity and what was that experience like?

Tim: Well, I mean, I also am a writer. I write for a music newspaper up in North Jersey called The Aquarian Weekly, but I also worked for a concert promoter for five years. So that helped get my foot in the door with the entertainment industry. And I was able to lock in a lot of shows and tours with some of these bigger bands. We played a couple of festivals. A festival called the Rock Carnival up in Clark, New Jersey. Which had like everyone and their mother were there like Slash and Skid Row and Godsmack, and we got to open for these guys. And then we also got invited to play the Rock’n Derby Festival up in Schaghticoke, New York. I don’t even know where that is, but upstate New York. So, we got to open for Anthrax and we got to meet Nikki Sixx because we opened for Sixx:A.M. It was just an amazing, amazing festival. We got to break our teeth on some of those big stages.

Dina: Wow. That must have been incredible for you to meet Nikki Sixx. Was that the first time meeting him?

Tim: No, not at all. I think we’ve met him a few times before. But his band members in Sixx:A.M were all super nice. We had lunch with them. We got to pick their brains about how to record and how to write music. And it was interesting.

Dina: So what is the largest audience you’ve ever performed in front of?

Tim: I’d say about three thousand in Rahway ballroom.

Dina: What is what is the ultimate goal for the band? Where do you see yourself in five years … in ten years?

Tim: Just do what we love to do. You know, I mean, the goal is just really to make people happy and if people love the band, for us that’s awesome. Of course, we would like to make some money off of it. But, you know, we’re at the age right now where we just do it because we love doing it. It is weird, the less you care about making this a career, the more that happens.

Dina: Yeah, that’s actually true. So, you don’t care so much necessarily for making the big time or whatever. You’re just doing it. You love to do it. And if it happens, it happens.

Tim: Exactly. I mean if someone offers me a tour and a record contract tomorrow, I’ll take it.

Dina: Yeah, of course. You probably have a lot of contacts in the business to where that’s probably a reality?

Tim: Yeah, I mean, it’s weird. Obviously, you know, I worked the Hard Rock and now at Ocean in Atlantic City and, you know, it’s just like I’m running into the same people in the entertainment industry at every show that we put on. I’m running into the same people, people that I run into when I’m actually performing myself. And, yeah, you know, it could be a reality one day.

Dina: Tim, thank you so much for your time and allowing us to get to know Rahway a little better.

Tim: Thank you!

To learn more about Rahway and to see numerous videos and purchase some of the coolest swag ever visit, www.rahwayband.com or like them on Facebook. You can also pick up your copy of your Shore Local magazine to find out where your favorite local bands are performing. This is Dina Guzzardo reporting for Shore Local Entertainment. Tune in each week as I interview some of the hottest bands in our local area.

Dina Guzzardo is the President and Executive Promoter of Dina Media Group LLC. Dina Media Group is an innovative cutting edge event production and marketing company that produces and promotes large events as well as a talent agency that manages some incredible talent.www.dinamediagroup.com - Shore Local Magazine

"What does Steven Tyler have to do with a band from New Jersey?"

What does Steven Tyler have to do with a band from New Jersey? Well, everything, it seems, according to today’s Band of the Day!

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

Well, we are the Slumlords of New Jersey! It’s all in the title of our next EP.

How did you meet?

David Cardenas, our guitarist, and Steve Cardenas, our drummer, are brothers. So, they met at a very young age. Nick Hade, our singer, was in another local band who opened for Rahway one night at a local Jersey bar. He was impressed with the band as much as the band was impressed with him and a week later, he joined. I, too, played in another local Jersey band who played many shows with Rahway. One day, I was delivering Chinese food and it happened to be at the Rahway rehearsal space, and at the time, they needed a bass player. They never let me leave.

How long have you been playing as a band?

The band has been around for as long as the Cardenas brothers have been playing. Let’s just say they were friends with McCartney and Lennon. I’ve only been in the band for about five years.

Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?

Okay, so this is a true story and it’s pretty cool, so we never get sick of telling it. As legend goes, the band, known as Sun at the time, was working with producer Jack Douglas, who was also working with rock heroes Aerosmith at the same time. Jack Douglas happened to play a Sun song when Steve Tyler walked in. Mr. Tyler asked who the band was and when Jack told him it was a band called Sun, Steven told him that the band’s name was terrible. He asked where the band was from, and Jack told him that they were from Rahway, New Jersey. Steven Tyler asked why the band didn’t just call themselves Rahway? And the name just stuck ever since.

What are your influences?

My influences are Nikki Sixx, Rex Brown, Rachel Bolan, Gene Simmons, Duff McKagan, Jeff Ament, Sebastian Bach, Michael Corleone, The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Triple H, Tom Byron and Peter North. As a band, we’re influenced by bands like Mötley Crüe, Led Zeppelin, Guns N’ Roses, Godsmack, Shinedown, Aerosmith, Kiss, and Soundgarden.

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

Our music is just raw, unprocessed rock ‘n’ roll with catchy and classy hooks that you will not be able to get out of your head for days. That’s something you can’t find on the radio these days. Everything sounds the same and is over processed.

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

Sex, drama, and rock ‘n’ roll! No drugs since none of us do any! Marijuana is not considered a drug anymore, right? Especially, if you eat it, right?

What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?

Our live show is like dynamite. You light the fuse, and get the full explosion on stage. We’re four scumbags on a stage that gives you the most entertaining 30-60 minutes of raw rock ‘n’ roll that money can buy. How many shows have we played? Way too many to count!

What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?

I’m guessing you’ve never seen our drummer’s kick drum? No, seriously, he might have the longest kick drum I’ve ever seen! Yes! I’m really talking about his kick drum! I swear!

What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?

I play a Gibson Blackbird through an SWR Goliath stack with a Line 6 Bass Pod for effects. I also play a Fender Jazz bass when the feeling strikes.

What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?

We are currently promoting our new EP, Slumlords of NJ, and our new music video for our new single “Stone.” We’re also still promoting our music video for “Sugar,” which was our quarantining hit with all of our music friends and fans lip syncing the chorus.

What are your plans for 2020?

Our plans for the rest of 2020 is to beat this COVID-19 monster, get back in the studio to rehearse and get out there to play some live shows to promote Slumlords of NJ. We are dying to play live again.

f you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!

We would love to support Mötley Crüe with Greta Van Fleet opening for us! We actually opened a sold-out show for Greta Van Fleet in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Those are some good kids right there. When our set was done, we walked passed their dressing room and they gave us a standing ovation. That was classy! - The Moshville Times

"Chigger sits down with Tru Rock Revival Magazine"

By Jason Yarrow, September 24, 2020

Hi Guys! Welcome to our "On the Climb" interview segment of Tru Rock Revival Magazine. These are fast paced "Russian Roulette" style questions to introduce you and your music to new fans.

TRR: Chigger. Looks like you're going to be the spokesman for the band today. Let's get it moving! What is the origin of your band’s name? What are some other names you tossed around before settling on your current band name?

Chigger: The band, at the time, was working with legendary producer Jack Douglas, known for his work with Aerosmith, Cheap Trick and John Lennon, and at the time, the band was known as Sun. Jack brought the band up in conversation with Aerosmith frontman, Steven Tyler, who thought the band name was stupid. He proceeded to ask where the members in the band were from, and Jack told him Rahway, New Jersey. Steven told him that they should name the band Rahway, and we’ve been known as Rahway ever since.

TRR: Who are the players?

Chigger: Nick Hade is the singer, David Cardenas is the guitar player, Chigger is the bass player and Steve Cardenas is the drummer.

TRR: How did all of you meet? Any interesting stories here?

Chigger: David and Steve are brothers, so they met when Steve was born. Nick met the band at a local gig when his band opened for Rahway. He was so impressed with the band that he accepted an offer to meet and jam and was eventually stolen from his band in Rahway style. I knew the brothers and their original bass player for years because my band used to play with Rahway all the time. David always threatened to get me in the band when his bass player moved. Luckily, I was delivering Chinese food one day, and I happened to deliver to the Rahway rehearsal studio and the band never let me leave. So, here we are.

TRR: How would you classify your music? There's a ton of sub-genres these days. Where do you guys fall in line?

Chigger: We’re a raw hard energetic rock band who writes about Sex, Drama and Rock ‘N’ Roll! None of us do drugs, but we’re surrounded by a whole lot of drama.

TRR: What do you think makes your band stand out from others?

Chigger: We’re older and we have more experience. We’re also not trying to copy any other bands. We are who are. If you like our music…..Awesome! If you don’t? Then keep listening to Justin Bieber or Post Malone or any of those other guys. Actually, Post Malone is cool. He’s a Metalhead! My drummer hates him though.

TRR: Over the past few decades, rock music has been the “red headed step-child”, rarely even mentioned on award shows like the Grammys, which has become very irrelevant. Do you feel that rock is starting to climb the ladder again?

Chigger: I don’t think rock ever dies. I think tastes just change. If you listen to any songs on the radio, they all have rock roots from samples to different beats. They call come from rock music. So, it has never died. Is it less important? Maybe. The Grammys? That’s still around? They’re as bad as the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.

TRR: Who are some of your musical influences?

Chigger: Some of my musical influences are Mötley Crüe, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Skid Row, Metallica, Pantera, Kiss, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Godsmack…..bands like that. From a musician standpoint, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Sebastian Bach, Gene Simmons, Duff McKagan, Rachel Bolan, Rex Brown, and Jason Newsted.

TRR: How do you write your songs? Is it a collaborative effort?

Chigger: Our drummer Steve has a knack for coming up with some killer melodies. He comes to us with a lot of song ideas. He’ll give us the foundation and then we’ll collaborate as a band to create what we have today. David and I had a side project before I joined Rahway and two of the songs on our new EP Slumlords of NJ, “Stone” and “Only The Strong” were songs that we wrote together and brought into Rahway. So, I guess it is one big collaboration.

TRR: Speaking of collaborative, if you could get together with any band or musician to record a song together, who would that be?

Chigger: I’d love to write with SixxA.M. I always loved Nikki Sixx’s songwriting, but I also love his songwriting collaborations with singer James Michael and DJ Ashba. Those SixxA.M. records are epic. I believe they even wrote Mötley Crüe’s Saints of Los Angeles, which was also epic!

TRR: What other bands would you like to tour with?

Chigger: I’d love to tour with the Greta Van Fleet boys again. They were very cool. I’d also love to tour with our buds in Skid Row or even Shinedown or Godsmack. I just want to tour with someone huge!

TRR: What is your most memorable show, good or bad?

Chigger: My most memorable for me was opening for Greta Van Fleet up at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, PA to a sold-out crowd. After our killer set, we were walking back to our dressing room and as we passed Greta Van Fleet’s dressing room, their door was open and they literally gave us a standing ovation as we walked by. That was super cool!

TRR: What would be your dream show?

Chigger: Duh! To open for Mötley Fuckin’ Crüe!

TRR: What has been your craziest fan interaction?

Chigger: I’m not sure I’ve ever received any strange requests. Then again, I’m strange, so all requests seem normal to me.

TRR: What’s on the table for the rest of the year?

Chigger: We have a new music video out for our song “Stone” and we’ll be promoting our new EP Slumlords of NJ as much as COVID allows us to!

TRR: Is there anyone you’d like to give a shout out to or thank you to?

Chigger: Our manager, Larry Jones, who puts up with a lot of our shit! Our road crew, 18 Crew, who puts up with a lot of our shit! And our fan, who are our family! Without all of you, there would be no US!

For further information about Rahway, visit them on Facebook. - Tru Rock Revival Magazine

"Rahway Releases Video For "Sugar""

(RAHWAY, NJ) -- With almost every state beginning to loosen their lockdown and self-quarantine restrictions, New Jersey hard rockers, Rahway have released a new music video today to remind everyone that they weren’t alone during the self-quarantine process and that “we were all in this together.”

Rahway, also known as the Slumlords of NJ (coincidentally, name of the band’s upcoming EP), released a music video for their ballad “Sugar.” The video depicts members of the band performing the song from the privacy of their own homes Zoom-style, while musician friends, family and fans chime in during the chorus of the song, also filmed like a Zoom meeting.

The video features a wide range of cameos from Don Jamieson of That Metal Show to PJ Farley from Trixter and RA to John Kosco from Dropbox, Saint Caine and Revel at Dusk to local musician friends like members of the band Scarlet Carson, Ten Ton Mojo, Sixty Miles Down, Faith Or Fear, Negative Sky and Disciples of Verity to radio personalities like Danielle Monaro from Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, Greg T from the WKTU Morning Show and Sean Patrick and Matt Murray from WMGM in Atlantic City.

Rahway bassist Chigger says, “Sugar wasn’t our first choice for our first single off the new EP, but we collectively knew it was the right choice. It allowed us to be creative and exhibit that we were all in this together, self-quarantining during this horrible pandemic. Plus, it has a hook that you will be singing for the next few days! Don’t blame us!”

Rahway mixes heart and the hardest blistering rock this side of Seether and Theory of a Deadman, they're guaranteed to get any crowd moving with their intense guitar driven live show. Rahway is a nonstop rock fest, with an unlimited amount of energy, guaranteed for every performance. - New Jersey Stage

"Rahway releases new video for Sugar"

With almost every state beginning to loosen their lockdown and self-quarantine restrictions, New Jersey hard rockers Rahway have released a new music video to remind everyone that they weren’t alone during the self-quarantine process and that “we were all in this together.”

Rahway, also known as the Slumlords of NJ (coincidentally, name of the band’s upcoming EP), released a music video for their ballad “Sugar”. The video depicts members of the band performing the song from the privacy of their own homes Zoom-style, while musician friends, family and fans chime in during the chorus of the song, also filmed like a Zoom meeting.

The video features a wide range of cameos from Don Jamieson of That Metal Show to PJ Farley from Trixter and RA to John Kosco from Dropbox, Saint Caine and Revel at Dusk to local musician friends like members of the band Scarlet Carson, Ten Ton Mojo, Sixty Miles Down, Faith Or Fear, Negative Sky and Disciples of Verity to radio personalities like Danielle Monaro from Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, Greg T from the WKTU Morning Show and Sean Patrick and Matt Murray from WMGM in Atlantic City.

Rahway bassist Chigger says, “'Sugar' wasn’t our first choice for our first single off the new EP, but we collectively knew it was the right choice. It allowed us to be creative and exhibit that we were all in this together, self-quarantining during this horrible pandemic. Plus, it has a hook that you will be singing for the next few days! Don’t blame us!” - Brave Words Magazine

"CD Review - Slumlord of New Jersey EP"

Songs such as “Acetylene,” and “Stone,” kick things off for Rahway, they are electrifying and filled with power and grace.

Then there are songs such as “Only The Strong,” and “Sugar,” which immediately capture the listener’s attention.

Finishing up with “Jet,” is the right way to go. The song bounces and moves.

The album is out on 18th September. - The Median Man

"Interview with Atlantic City Weekly"

Despite what the pop charts might have you believe, lately there has been a whisper in the air that our old friend rock ‘n’ roll may be poised for a comeback. Though much of modern music is awash in hip-hop and dance-based tracks, rock fans are slowly but surely sending a message that the old formula of guitar, bass, drums and vocals still has a home in the hearts of many. The message isn’t just wishful thinking either. It comes through loud and clear in dollars and cents when you look at the ticket sales for recent tours like Guns ‘N Roses “Not in this Lifetime Tour” and more recently the absolute madness surrounding the Motley Crue/Poison/Def Leppard tour which hits stadiums this summer. There is a building thirst for rock music in its purest form.

Click link to read interview. - Atlantic City Weekly

"Interview with Bangs Music & Entertainment"

We sat down with the people over at Bangs Music & Entertainment for a little interview. - Bangs Music & Entertainment

"Interview with Ever Metal Magazine"

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with New Jersey, USA based Hard Rock/Metal band Rahway. Huge thanks to guitarist David Cardenas for taking part.

Click the link to read the interview. - Ever Metal Magazine

"Interview with 100 Percent Rock"

Check out this interview Chigger did with 100PercentRock.com. - 100 Percent Rock

"Interview with Breathing the Core E-zine"

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Heavy Rock band, RAHWAY, from the USA. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

Click link to see interview. - Breathing the Core

"A quick photo review of a Rahway show in Atlantic City, NJ."

The band Rahway brought their high energy musical sound to Atlantic City for the first time on Friday night, January 3, 2020 when they appeared in concert at The Anchor Club in Atlantic City. - Shore Local News

"Eddie Trunk's thoughts on Rahway live and the CD Undefeated"

“I’ve had the chance to see Rahway a few times live and they always bring a kick ass show. It’s great to hear their new studio music capturing the killer hard rock vibe of their live shows.” - Eddie Trunk - Q104.3 NYC, Sirius/XM Radio, That Metal Show, VH1 Classic, Author, Syndicated Radio "Eddie Trunk Rocks"

"Keith Roth on Rahway's CD Undefeated"

"If u dig modern rock, with infectious hooks then this has YOU all over it!!!!" - Keith Roth - Sirius XM - Ozzy's Boneyard / Hair Nation / WRAT 95.5 FM

"Fox News's Juliet Huddy describes Rahway's sound"

"What would happen if you took 80's metal and mated it with 90's grunge? You get a very slick, mature adaptation of what metal is in the 2010's." - Juliet Huddy - Blondes and Crossbones / Fox News

"P.J. Farley talks about the song Undefeated"

"I am a sucker for some reefing bass and Undefeated is chock full of it! Rahway be throwing down on this one!" - P.J. Farley - Bassist for Trixter, Lita Ford, Ra

"Sirius/XM Radio's Kayla talks about Rahway's new hit single - Freeodm Fight"

"You don't hear it too often, but it's killer when you do hear rock music with lyrics that shout for rights and freedom within our country while it's in turmoil. With crunchy guitars & throaty growls, Rahway makes you want to stand up and fight for freedom! Hell yeah!!!"


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Monday through Sunday 6 am to 12 Noon ET - Kayla - Sirius Radio

"Rahway - Snitches Get Stitches"

Okay, lets get right to it with the obvious. This New Jersey band thought it appropriate to have two hot schoolgirls making out in a school bathroom. One of the women is on top of the other and they are lip-locked for sure. Okay cool, that is good for me. I am officially interested to have a listen.

Rahway is a rock/metal band out of Rahway, NJ. These four friends from Jersey have been playing together for many years. Growing up they watched and learned from Bon Jovi who as we know went on to conquer the world with music.

This album is called, 'Snitches Get Stitches' which I think is perfect because this music can move anyone to just want to kick some ass.

These are 14 tracks of in your face rock! The lead singer is a rocker by the name of Steve "King" Visconti. His vocals are right on. His vocals are such that he knows exactly how to get his voice to sound perfect against the rough & loud instrumental background.

The sound quality is great on this CD. This is the bands debut indie album release on their label, Deadeye Records. One song that is bound to stand out on this album is "Coke Whore." I was so taken back by this track and how real it is, that I am naming this track my favorite in regards to songwriting. The chorus goes alittle like this, "She's my little whore, she's my little coke whore." This song kicks major ass!

When Rahway was recording this album, they wanted to show the music world that they could make an album not with 3-4 good singles but 14 awesome tunes. I think that they did a bit of both. My favorite track on the CD is track 3, "Highway." This song really shows Rahway on all levels. I love the hook and the whole bands shines on this track. Another track of note is "Broken Disease", I enjoyed the guitar solo as well very much.

I will now consider myself a Rahway fan. Four bad-asses from Jersey putting out music that pulls no punches and represents what they are going through. The hot chicks kissing on the album cover art does not hurt either.

Review By: Mikey Frieds


- Skope Magazine

"Rahway – Snitches Get Stitches (CD)"

“Machine” is the first track on “Snitches Get Stitches”, and it shows that Rahway is an act that really appreciates 80s metal, with hints of “Dog Eat Dog”-era Warrant, Motley Crue, and even a little bit of the stoner-metal put forth by acts like Corrosion of Conformity and Fu Manchu. The result is something that is heavy as hell, catchy as all-get-out, and is current as well. A number of acts spend their career following a genre or musical approach that is dead and buried, but Rahway makes hair metal something contemporary and in your face.

“Pull It Out” changes Rahway’s influences up slightly, blending Van Halen with Ministry, White Zombie, and Pantera. Couple that sound with Visconti’s vocals, which could easily be confused with a James Hetfield, and what individuals have is a track that will drill its way deep into listeners’ heads. The band has a masterful control of their instruments, creating a pit-worthy breakdown that will remind listeners of early Anthrax and Armored Saint. The band gets down and dirty with their next track, “Highway”. However, rather than just attacking their listeners with a wall of sound for the entirety of the track, Rahway continues to show their diversity by having a little bit of a country twang to Visconti’s vocals even as the band pushes forth three minutes of sheer power.

The atmosphere that Rahway creates with the epic drumming that starts out “Different From The Norm” will draw individuals in, and it is the slinky arrangements that follow forth that will keep listeners intent and focused in. The churning, bowel-shaking power of the band is seen easiest here. In an era where there are so many bad and boring radio-rock bands, I pray and hope that Rahway is able to get some serious airplay. The fact that the band can link together a number of different types of metal into one cohesive entity bodes well for the metal genre generally, and the fact that they can draw in other, seemingly unrelated genres (like country) provides further vitality to an ailing metal genre. Make sure to pick up a copy of “Snitches Get Stitches”, drive out to one of their shows, and be prepared to get completely blown away by the energy and fury of this New Jersey band.

Top Tracks: Coke Whore, 9/16

Rating: 8.5/10

Rahway – Snitches Get Stitches / 2008 Dead Eye / 11 Tracks / www.deadeyerecords.net /

- NeuFutur Magazine

"Rahway live"

“Rahway explodes with a sound so big it's hard to believe that it's only four guys up there. The music is performed with precision, flawlessly. It's driving, tight, heavy and hard, reaching out and pulling you in. Add to that wall of sound, lyrical hooks that don't leave you long after the set is done, delivered by a voice that gives you chills, and you have Rahway; the ultimate in modern classic rock, the stuff that legends are made of.” - Aquarian Weekly

"Rahways - Snitches Get Stiches Review"

"Snitches Get Stitches"
Deadeye Records
by Jonathan Mariante
Rahway play some hard ass metal/rock, with quite a lot of Pantera influence. The guitar is very Dimebag and they have that Pantera aggression and knockout punch. However, they are not mere knockoffs or copycats. Their singer sings in a clean, melodic voice, and many of them have a "rock and roll" vibe to them, like they injected a bit of Aerosmith, GNR, or Crue into their sound. They even use a cowbell in a few songs. It's hard to inagine Pantera meeting Aerosmith, but Rahway pull it off pretty well. They play a good balance of aggression and melody. All the songs are tough as nails but with a rockin' groove to them. The album's closer, "I Can Feel It", is a ballad with some acoustic guitar. There's also a hidden bonus track (its name isn't given), which is a blues tune. There last two songs see the band venturing out a little bit. Rahway can play, they can rock, and they've made a kickin' album here. - BallBusterHardMusic.com - Online Metal Journal


5 Song EP - Slumlords of New Jersey - Release September 18th 2020 - Available digitally on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and all other digital platforms.

CD - Undefeated - Release June 3rd 2017 - Available at www.RahwayBand.com, iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/rahway/id287239631?ign-mpt=uo=4

4 Song EP - Grand Design - Release June 22nd 2015 - Available online at www.Rahwayband.com

CD Single - "NOW" - Released April 4th 2014 - Available online at www.Rahwayband.com

CD Single - "Freedom fight" - Available online at www.RahwayBand.com

Debut CD - "Snitches Get Stitches" - Available on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/rahway/id287239631?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

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Since rolling out of New Jersey's industrial wasteland, Rahway to be exact, these perennial rock underdogs are ready to take over the world! David Cardenas, guitarist, his brother and drummer Steve Cardenas, along with vocalist Nick Hade and bassist Chigger, feel that their latest EP, "Slumlords of New Jersey", to show the world what 4 guys from Jersey can do.

Fully capturing the spirit of today's DIY musicians, these four badasses, with their musical genius, do something truly revolutionary in the rock-n-roll scene. Their music holds fist pumping and grinning sexual innuendo, with choruses that ring in your ears from the first listen and hooks that boomerang through each song. Embodying the down to earth Jersey roots, but rolling the rock to a whole other edgy level. Rahway has been an enormous part of the East Coast scene, playing shows with such rock greats as Greta Van Fleet, Buckcherry, Slash, Three Days Grace, Godsmack, Stone Temple Pilots, Puddle of Mudd, KIX, Steel Panther and they even shared the stage with Missing Persons one time. They've done high profile gigs at cool haunts like Dingbatz, Stone Pony, FM kirby Center, One Centre Plaza, Starland Ballroom and also has played the inaugural Food Truck and Rock Carnival in Clark, NJ in 2015 and the inaugural Rock'n Derby in Schaghticoke, NY the following year, where they've left the crowds in amazement.

Rahway's innovative and ever-evolving song writing makes them one of the most eminent bands of our time. Influenced by legends such as Led Zeppelin, U2, Godsmack and Motley Crue, their fusion of power is gaining them popularity very quickly. They are impressive and imminent ~ Rahway is NOW! ~

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