By Rick Polo (Editor-in-Chief)
For many, Youngstown is well-known for hosting a number of small sub-scenes within it’s vast music scene. From it’s early punk and post-punk to its long-standing metal and stoner rock scenes, the city reaches across the entire spectrum of rock and roll. And modern rock is certainly no stranger to the scene; from the soaring, sing-along anthems of early 00’s act Alias-X right up to modern groups like Amnesty for Astronauts and Phoenix Rising, and now to emerging act, New Diaries.
Of all the city’s crowd-pumping modern rock acts, New Diaries certainly has the heaviest edge. An undeniable Pantera-meets-Disturbed metal influence is prominent throughout the band’s riff-heavy rockers. With the twin guitar attack of Jeremy Bable and John Piscitelli Jr., the driving low end of bassist Eric Pigg and the widely-ranged, sing-to-scream powerhouse vocals of Aedan Martinez, New Diaries are a force to be reckoned with.
Despite their raw and aggressive sonic assault, Martinez said they are looking to reach as wide of an audience as possible with New Diaries.
“What I try to do with my music is to aim for a larger audience. Not just the young generation but older generations as well. With that said, I try to put a lot of influences to show musicality rather than sound just one way,” said Martinez.
Guitarist Piscitelli added that the band is still growing as musicians and still learning from one another as they continue to move forward with their song-writing.
“I know there’s parts of me that I feel the rest of us are still absorbing. I think we still haven’t even found what our sound is. We’ve been writing more music together, seeing how it blends, and we’ve come up with some interesting stuff,” expalined Piscitelli.
Currently, New Diaries’ live set is an arena-sized face-melting explosion of heavy rock scaled down to a club setting. The band takes no prisoners slamming through hard-hitters like “Dear Jane” and “Leeches and Spiders” while coming up for air with their seminal power ballad, “For You.”
The band does not take their music lightly, especially when it comes to conveying the meanings behind the songs and their lyrics. Martinez explained that music is a gift to the individual, and the one true source of expression.
“Music is an expression of one’s soul. It’s the one thing that binds us together. It doesn’t matter what type you are playing or how you are playing it, it’s an expression of who you are and what you’ve been through as a person,” said Martinez.
As most of the area’s modern rock bands, New Diaries have a sound fit for the mainstream, but still raw, powerful and beautiful; still real. They have an undeniable passion backed by a driving heavy rock sound that has the potential for wide, crossover appeal.
New Diaries are currently working with new drummer Daniel Pearl and plan to continue their rise throughout the scene. Be sure to check back here for updates and visit their Facebook page for updated events and live performances.