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By Frank Myers (Opinion Nation)

Another month in the books and a few of the shows that rocked my May to tell you about. So, I caught a few shows this past month, not quite as many as I’d of like to have made it out to, but the ones I did see I am very glad I caught. The music scene is pushing right along and taking no prisoners on it’s path . I am glad to see so many of the local bands putting in so much effort and time to keep the scene moving forward. A huge shoutout as well to all the touring bands that grace our stages throughout the year, greatly appreciated.

So, I kicked my month of music off one hell of a rock and roll party people!!! May started for me with The Spastic Hearts, The Idle Shades, and Voice of Addiction from Chicago. This show was a masterpiece of rock at its finest. The bands all pulled in a great turn out and Cedars provided the perfect venue for the show. The sound was on the money, the beers were cold and so was the bottle of Champagne I drank. The Turbo Lovers were billed to play but due to last minute circumstances were forced to back out, and they were missed on stage, but the Idle Shades stepped up and did their thing.

Big thank you to those guys, always willing to step up and lend a helping bass riff, drum beat, and kick ass song when needed. Voice of Addiction had an amazing set as well and had the crowd enjoying themselves. Also, a great group of guys off stage as well, would love to see them back in Youngstown in the future.

Then the Spastic Hearts owned the crowd and the stage as always, drawing everyone in with eyes I tell you!! But, seriously the music definitely speaks for itself with that band.

Cedars strikes yet again in May with another great show for everybody. This time it was Baroque Monody, Harnessing the Sun, and Pilot the Mind. Another great crowd, and just an all around good time. Harnessing the Sun started things off and rocked the stage with their own brand of rock and roll. Always looking so intent on mastering their set, while at the same time just having a great time up their performing for the fans. They were great as always.

Then Pilot the Mind played and drew a nice size crowd. The gave their version of a rock show and killed it. Keeping the momentum that Harnessing The Sun started going throughout their set.

Last that night was Baroque Monody, who just keeps getting better with every set. They played their hearts out and showed no problem taking the crowd for a journey with lyrics that give the feeling of personal situations and struggles in life. It is dark but at the same time just helps take your mind on a great rock and roll rollercoaster. The set was great, the whole night was amazing.

Chippers jumped into the ring with a great show of their own, featuring Deaf Eyes, New Diaries, Amnesty for Astronauts, Baroque Monody, and Token. I caught Deaf Eyes from about the middle to end of their set and thought they were pretty good. Didn’t get enough of it to give it a fair review unfortunately. Hopefully catch them in the near future though. Next up was New Diaries, whom did not exactly appeal to my taste in music. They did have a nice crowd of fans who were very much into what they were doing. They put on a strong set and stayed pretty steady in their style and performance. Kudos to them on that!! Keep up the hard work. Then Baroque Monody took stage. They did not let minor sound issues prevent them from giving 100% and doing what they needed to do to keep the crowd into the music.

Next was Amnesty for Astronauts, who bring an energy all their own to the stage and have a very care free, lets have a good time attitude. They too experienced some technical difficulties with the sound, but they kept the momentum, belting out the lyrics and keeping the energy thriving in that bar!! Unfortunately do to a prior engagement I did not get to catch any of Token’s set, I hope to also catch them very soon at another show.

All in all, despite the police presence on the roads due to it being a holiday weekend and the heat in the bar the crowd showed up and the bands rocked! The end of May I caught a bit of the Guilty Pleasures set at the boxcar lounge. My first time in the Boxcar Lounge located at the B&O station, nice little place I must say. The Guilty Pleasures were very entertaining as always and the crowd was into it. Never a bad night with these guys and gal playing. Definitely have to check them out some time. Well, just like May this is the end of this months recap. Hope you all enjoy and I hope to see you all out at future shows supporting the local scene !! Bands and venues included.

New Diaries live at Chipper's in Austintow, Ohio. Left to right: Jeremy Babel, Aedan Martinez, Eric Pigg and Joh Piscitelli Jr. Phot courtesy of Firestorm Images.

New Diaries live at Chipper’s in Austintow, Ohio. Left to right: Jeremy Bable, Aedan Martinez, John Piscitelli Jr. and Eric Pigg. Photo courtesy of Firestorm Images.

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.