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Quick Chord: Days in Transit guitarist/vocalist Brent Guzik talks about his early exposure to music and what his band is doing now

Quick Chord: Days in Transit guitarist/vocalist Brent Guzik talks about his early exposure to music and what his band is doing now

It was only a matter of time before Moosic resident, Brent Guzik, picked up guitar; his father, John Guzik, exposed him to the instrument at a young age, and by 11 he had inherited the hobby. Now he uses what he’s learned over years of playing as guitarist/vocalist in the Scranton area band Days in […]

Quick Chord: Scranton three-piece keeps it all in the family (technically)

Quick Chord: Scranton three-piece keeps it all in the family (technically)

Family Animals drummer Anthony Viola and his brother, guitarist Jesse Viola, started taking lessons in 2000 at Gallucci Music in Scranton. Their best friend and surrogate third brother Frank DeSando joined them on bass and, once the three clicked musically, they knew it was what they wanted to do with their lives. The three Cortez […]

Quick Chord: Lehigh Valley teens storm onto the metal scene with prog rock outfit Next to None

Quick Chord: Lehigh Valley teens storm onto the metal scene with prog rock outfit Next to None

Coopersburg resident Max Portnoy grew up watching his father, Mike Portnoy, provide percussion for progressive metal band Dream Theater. He recalled touring with the band at an early age and watching his father from behind the drum kit. School became a predominant part of Max’s life during non-summer months, but music – particularly the drums […]

Quick Chord: Local country act Licker’d Up plays all kinds of country hits and is gearing up for an epic 2016

Quick Chord: Local country act Licker’d Up plays all kinds of country hits and is gearing up for an epic 2016

When local band Black Creek broke up and drummer Ben Mike, bassist Mark Trapane and guitarist Mark Trapane Jr. found themselves estranged musicians, they decided to enlist a mutual friend who sang in the country genre and founded Licker’d Up. When that singer didn’t work out (Trapane Jr. cites varying tastes in music), the group […]

Quick Chord: We talk monkey waiters and the NEPA music scene with Science Queen

Quick Chord: We talk monkey waiters and the NEPA music scene with Science Queen

Monkey waiters. A restaurant in Japan called Kayabuki has two employees named Yat-chan and Fuku-chan who—along with being monkeys—are also waiters. After opening for Austin, Texas’ Ringo Deathstarr, Isabel Anderson and Jeff Collins hung out with the band until 2 a.m. and talked about monkey waiters. After watching Anderson and Collins’ band Science Queen open […]

Quick Chord: Grand Rapids, Michigan’s Fine Fine Titans

Quick Chord: Grand Rapids, Michigan’s Fine Fine Titans

Vocalist Jennifer Bartlett has been performing as part of school bands, musicals and talent shows since she was young. She met bassist Evan Barlett at one of her previous band’s shows and when she opted for a change of scenery, the two moved together, became closer and married. Evan grew up with a musician brother […]

Quick Chord: North Scranton DJ Isobe is master of his own universe

Quick Chord: North Scranton DJ Isobe is master of his own universe

Isobe (Nicholas Lipinski) From: North Scranton Genre: electronic/dubstep Connect: Facebook.com/IsobeOrlando When Nicholas Lipinski became a DJ, he had to pick a one-word moniker to be known as while on stage; it’s both a requirement and a right. After perusing the Internet for a suitable pseudonym, he came upon the term Isobe, which means master of […]

Quick Chord: Hazleton’s Die-Polar are two hip-hop warriors who have joined forces in a battle against mediocrity

Quick Chord: Hazleton’s Die-Polar are two hip-hop warriors who have joined forces in a battle against mediocrity

The two halves of Hazleton hip-hop duo Die-Polar met on opposite sides of the battlefield. When relative newcomer Nate Williams and Northeastern Pennsylvania hip hop veteran Blade (to whom most NEPA hip-hop artists are relative newcomers) were pitted against each other in a rap battle, experience won out. Blade saw something in the competitor across […]

Quick Chord: Crookshanks, Flammable Animals, and Trophy Lungs

Quick Chord: Crookshanks, Flammable Animals, and Trophy Lungs

Crookshanks Kingston, Pa. Sounds like: Old school pop punk. For those that like New Found Glory and Blink 182. Fun fact: Their guitarist and bassist/vocalist play hockey in local adult leagues and their other guitarist and drummer play a lot with video games on social media and host competitions. Find them: facebook.com/crookshankspunk, crookshanks.fourfour.com Flammable Animals […]

Quick Chord: C h r y s a l i s, Out of Ashes, and Chemtrail

Quick Chord: C h r y s a l i s, Out of Ashes, and Chemtrail

C h r y s a l i s Mount Pocono, Pa./ Long Island, N.Y. Sounds like: Anime & pop influenced post-rock. For fans of: Naruto, You Blew It!, murder-mystery parties. Fun fact: C h r y s a l i s member Bae Ayanami’s favorite hobby is building Gunpla (Gundam models.) Find them: facebook.com/baeayanami, […]