Something Just
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Something Just

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The best kept secret in music


"The Bergen Record"

WHO: Something Just, with the Josh Dodes Band.

WHAT: Nu-metal, hard rock.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday.

WHERE: The Village Underground, 130 W. Third St., Manhattan; (212)

HOW MUCH: $12.

Just suspicions have led to Just desserts for Bergen County-based Something Just, a band of headstrong nu-metal renegades who have politely stepped off a nocturnally stalled bandwagon. Disillusioned with the sugarcoated sameness of the local nightclub scene and the smug machinations of management over the years, Something Just has found its niche by tapping into its most primal desires.
"We decided that the other garbage, after a while, was all la-di-da instead of what's inside you," says Something Just lead singer-guitarist Bryan Cordano of Bayonne.
That "other garbage" consisted of the obligatory nightclub acknowledgements to Green Day, Blink-182, Foo Fighters, and Weezer. And while Something Just respects the original artists' writing and musicianship of the cover tunes, Just's versions were a perfunctory favor to the radio-conditioned listeners who paid a cover charge to see the band.
Something Just now proves there's nothing like an original, especially when it's darker, more aggressive, and more "just" in its origins. Armed with the ambitious marketing strategies of manager Frank Arnone and a three-song CD demo for their fans, the foursome will display the pulverizing brashness of its new sound Thursday with a 7 p.m. show at the Village Underground in Manhattan. Also appearing is the Josh Dodes Band, which gained fleeting national fame on "VH1's Bands on the Run" series.
"As the band got stale, we weeded out the stuff we played over and over again," says Cordano, whose agitated guitar strumming accompanies rhythm guitarist Rex Sabina and drummer Lars Lancaster, both of Elmwood Park, and bassist Tim Louie of Saddle Brook. "We just got sick of playing radio-friendly songs and hit a stride with our writing. We never started over, we started fresh. " Staying fresh is how the band members remind themselves that it's easy to bid farewell to the days when they opened for such acts as Luscious Jackson. A 1999 EP, "Time to Evaporate," recorded at Boulevard Studios in New Milford with producer Gene Porfido, shifted Something Just toward its new, enterprising direction.
"We've been trying to find ourselves for five years," says Louie, a former producer with the "Z-Morning Zoo" radio show (WHTZ-FM, 100.3).
"No more 'I love you, I hate you' stuff. The four of us decided to get back on track by writing new songs. With seven originals [written chiefly by Cordano] in the live set now, it's easier to get booked in respectable places. " The band credits Arnone and their new, assertive sound, akin to Disturbed and Drowning Pool, for a busy slate that will have them playing gigs through the new year.
"Frank is the kind of guy who'll kick you in the butt if he thinks you're not working hard enough," Sabina says. "He's not our baby-sitter. " "These new shows are residuals of how hard we've worked over the last few months, plus Frank has done an excellent job," Lancaster says.
"The band has new strategies. We're seeking a new plateau. "

Staff Writer Barry Gramlich's e-mail address is

- Barry Gramlich


"Time To Evaporate"--EP
"For Instance"--single
"The Feel"--single
"If I Was"--single
"Falling On My Head"
"The Demo"--EP
"Falling Through"--single
"Thank You"--single
"Favorite"--New Single
"Face Down"
"No Reason"


Feeling a bit camera shy


Schoolmates Mike "Rex" Sabina
(rhythm guitar god) and drum angry
Larry (Lars) Lancaster tested the rock
scene in 1995 with their band Pup Tent.
After many egos and much b.s., they went
looking for new band members. One night
in N.Y.C., Rex and Lars witnessed the stage
energy of D.D.C's Tim "Chigger" Louie,
banging away on his bass guitar; it was clear
that he would be a welcome addition to the band. Timmy had no choice but to give in to the demands of the two hungry musicians. Then the three went on to audition a number of singers, and lead guitar players, and just when they were about to give up hope, Larry met a singer/guitar player at an old time Slayer show in New Jersey of (all places). His name was Bryan Cordano, and after just one audition, the boys knew Bryan was their man. Not only did Bryan sing like an emotional animal, but he also played a vicious lead guitar!!!....So in September 1997, Something Just was born!!!

Shortly after the incarnation of Something Just, the band began playing local bars doing cover songs from bands like Green Day, Nirvana, Korn, and Metallica....But after months of writing their own material, they decided it was time to take Something Just to the next level!!! In the summer of 1998, Something Just released a 4-song EP titled "Time To Evaporate" with producer Gene Porfido from Boulevard Recording Studios in New Milford, NJ....The E.P. helped Something Just to many shows in the Metro area, an opening slot for Luscious Jackson, and a TV performance with a Time Warner Cable Network show to promote a benefit concert for the Gilda Radner Foundation.

Currently, under the guidance of producer, Jimmy Ascuitto, at Mod-Alien studios in Union City, NJ, Something Just is completing their next opus which will contain the anger, melody, and integrity that makes this band a powerful force to look out for. Something Just is even more powerful live and will not go unnoticed.

Something Just is Ready To Take On The World!!!