The Porchistas

  • Band / Solo Performer
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Genres

Lyrically-driven hippy, punk, throwback, rock and roll

Location

Montclair NJ United States

Sounds Like

Ween.

Digital Location

www.theporchistas.com musicpage.com/theporchistas

History

Member since: 05/28/2013 Year Founded: 2008

Contacts

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Alan Smith

Montclair

Guitarist, Songwriter, Vocalist, Tour Manager 973.477.8907
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Gerry Griffin

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Bassist, Producer
Mail alt 16x12 Adam Falzer
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Adam Falzer

West New York

Guitarist, Songwriter, Vocalist, Producer
Mail alt 16x12 Jonathan Riordan
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Jonathan Riordan

Linden

Drummer

Details

  • Original material: 02 hrs : 15 min
  • Cover material: 00 hrs : 30 min
  • CDs released: 4
  • CDs sold: 600
  • Original Songs:
  • Average Draw: 100
  • Largest crowd: 300
  • Have sound: Full PA

The Story of

* JAM Awards top independent rock band 2012 - www.jamawards.org
* Four self-produced records in four years (see press section of website for reviews)
* Featured on the cover of The Newark Star Ledger Arts Section "Montclair Rock City" article
* Over a hundred shows in NYC metro-area, Maxwells, Rockwood, Mexicali Live, Asbury Lanes, etc.
* Ten self-produced music videos with vimeo.com/hannahwylie
* Playing at least two major festivals in 2013
* Currently recording another full length record

The Porchistas started as a bunch of friends writing and singing songs late into summer nights, on their rickety porch on Forest Street in Montclair, New Jersey. That evolved to DIY house concerts and block parties that continue today. The Porchistas have developed friendships with musicians throughout New Jersey that shape the identity of who they are as a band. They see music and art as community building endeavors.

The Porchistas music is sharply defined by the songwriting chemistry between Adam Falzer & Alan Smith.

Songwriter, guitarist and producer Adam "Devil Hands" Falzer studied Music Synthesis at Berklee School of Music & plays memorable, melodic leads and solid rhythms. Though theory based, his matter of fact, rock and roll approach to music-making is the backbone of the Porchistas steady flow of records.

Alan "Sucia" Smith, songwriter & guitarist, learned to play music from his neighbor and former Porchista Jeff Ecklund, and was drawn to songwriting through his wide range of life experiences. When he's not pushing local music, he might be found building houses out of poo and bamboo in a remote tropical farm town.

Gerry Griffin has been playing the bass since he was 15 years old. He's played in several bands over the years including the ALIEN SLAVES, Baked Fresh Daily and Mojo Edge. Gerry records and produces music at his studio, the Temple of Tuneage & now co-produces Porchistas records with Falzer.

Drummer Jonathan Riordan has been making a name for himself with NJ musicians for the past 15 years. He's racked up a lot of experience playing with bands spanning many genres. He is now happy to finally find himself while sitting behind the kit backing up his favorite people/musicians: The Porchistas.

The Star Ledger - The Baby Album - Review

July 13, 2012
Tris McCall
http://www.nj.com/entertainment/music/index.ssf/2012/07/channel_orange_frank_ocean_rev.html

"...a band both confrontational and warmhearted  one with a real conscience and historical memory... "


Jersey Beat - The Porchistas - Live Review

April 27, 2013
Jim Testa
http://www.jerseybeat.com/editorsdesk.html

"... The Porchistas Live captures the group's abundant charm, elegant harmony vocals, the wit of lead singer Alan Smith's lyrics, and the individual members' accomplished musicianship... "


The Aquarian Weekly - The Porchistas - Live Review

June 12, 2013
Jersey Rock - Maria Mar
http://www.theaquarian.com/2013/06/12/maria-mars-local-radar-the-porchistas-indisguise/

"... one of the most unexpected, pleasing albums I’ve heard in quite a while... 'Make A Wish' captivated me upon first listen, but it didn’t prepare me for the rich and varied experience of their entire record... The assortment of music on this record is fantastic. The faultless production values help the songs flow together and enhance the overall listening experience ... here is a group that shows proof you can take something that exists and make it sound completely fresh. Catch one of their live sets sooner rather than later."