"I never thought I'd be in Oklahoma with a crowd of kids singing our song," says Jean Paul Makhlouf, lead singer of Cash Cash, in awe over the popularity they have received on their current tour. "It's a feeling you can't describe." Not a small accomplishment for "this little band from Jersey." In fact, this is exactly the type of moment that occurs when you are a hot band on the rise.
Cash Cash is an exciting techno-pop group from the 2 mile long town of Roseland, New Jersey. The band consists of Jean Paul Makhlouf (vocals, guitar), Alex Makhlouf (keyboards, programming), Samuel Frisch (vocals, bass), and Anthony Villacari (drums, percussion). With a sound that is refreshing, electric and infectious, Cash Cash is able to seamlessly tap into 70s funk, 80s anthem pop and 90s mellow alternative all at once. Their mission, described perfectly by Jean Paul, is to "Bring back some of that 70s funk guitar, mixed in with the life and fun of the 80s."
And they have done just that.
But how has Cash Cash reached the precipice of stardom? You would have to go back to the third grade, because that is how long Jean Paul has known Sam Frisch. Playing together since they were kids, the band originally formed as The Consequence in 2002, a predominantly studio-based act that released a 5 song EP titled "Your Own Place" in 2003. After releasing a self-titled LP in 2005, the band began to lose focus, using a myriad of musicians as various members decided to go off to college. "Being in our band was like being on the show Survivor, we were going through bass players, drummers, keyboard players …" says Jean Paul. With the future of the band nebulous at best, younger brother Alex Makhlouf jumped on board, and he and Jean Paul began refocusing the band: "I knew I had to get the hell out of school, so I did the complete opposite and dropped out of college," recalls Jean Paul. "My brother and I knew what we had to do and decided to give it one more stab."
The brothers decided to spend an entire summer crafting new material and honing a sound, day in and day out, virtually living in Jean Paul's home recording studio. At summer's end, they knew they created something special. By fall the brothers, stacked with backpacks full of cds, began an arduous, yet fulfilling campaign to make their music heard. Storming clubs in and around New York City, including Pete Wentz's AK-47 club, the brothers partied, networked and hustled as many A&R men and record executives as they could find. But the real turning point came when Rob Hitt of Crush Management began DJing their song "Party in Your Bedroom." The infectious, easy-to-sing-along-with, pop sound of the song began turning heads. Shortly thereafter, Jean Paul's Gmail account began filling up with offers from record labels. Changing their name to Cash Cash in March of 2008, the band, with Frisch aboard as bass player/art director, and Alex's friend Anthony Villacari locked in on drums, signed a record deal with Universal Republic records and is poised to premiere an EP in October of 2008. Consisting of 5 songs, including the driving force of "Breakout" and an acoustic version of "Party in Your Bedroom," the EP has all the hallmarks of a band that not only is burning with confidence, but is comfortable with their own sound.
Having just completed their first tour, a tour which not only expanded their fan base, but further matured and coalesced the band in ways only riding a bus can, Cash Cash is mixing a full-length album and setting their sites for a release by year end, with a much larger tour in 09' in support of it. Extremely fan friendly and very much aware of their roots and the influences that drove them, Cash Cash reaches out to their fans at concerts by meeting them outside for impromptu acoustic performances. That extra effort, a sound work ethic, their melodic pop songs with fantastic 3-part harmonies, and the confidence that motivates them are all the ingredients that really separate Cash Cash from the rest of the pack. No "get rich quick scheme" for Cash Cash – they're taking this all the way to the bank.
Man on Earth
The address is 315… On Bowery to be more specific, the legendary awning is gone but past a rack of motorcycle jackets and beside a table filled with t-shirts of the once greats that passed through the now spotless walls, you can still find a sticker emblazoned with the name Man on Earth.
Started in a small bedroom not far from there, Steven Nathan (Singer/Songwriter) set out to write songs that moved him the way the world around him did. The sun through the Central Park trees, old boots being dragged across the broken concrete of St. Marks Place, the fall of the first snow as you walk up the broad expanse of the Sixth Avenue. Armed to the teeth with the constant buzz of inspiration and a stack of show fliers in hand, he has taken his band from filling clubs on the lower east side, to the large theaters of Manhattan and Brooklyn.
CMJ described Man on Earth as “Glistening, wide-open arena rock with spirited choruses and a charged romanticism,” and with the release of their latest album “Things They’d Never Believe” the band has expanded their ideas to combine indie pop sensibility with experimental instrumentation to create memorable and hook heavy songs. Grammy winning producer Ken Lewis, remarked, “I’ve had the distinct pleasure of producing and mixing much of Man on Earth’s exceptional music. When people ask “why hasn’t this band made it yet?” my only response is…”YET!” Their newest album “Things They’d Never Believe” continues their evolution in making great music.”
Fans familiar with the previous album, 2009’s “The Time Spent Wondering” (featuring radio trade publication FMQB’s choice of “best bet pick” for “All We Want”) will instantly recognize the band on “Things They’d Never Believe” and also revel in the bands musical growth and expanse of sound, which sets it target on bringing more fiercely devoted fans into the fold. With tracks like pop-gem “Staring at Your Phone,” the intensity driven first single “I’d be Good for You” or with its electronically dusted album lead off “Sometimes,” the band pulls you into every emotional up and down of its world and the lives inside of it to make a connection to the dreams and determination of its listeners everywhere.
For a band that knows having a personal relationship with its fans is a top priority, they have maintained an intensive cross country tour schedule for years perfecting a live show filled with vigorous musicianship that never fails to impress and expand its audience. In the process they have cultivated relationships and shared stages with acts like Simple Plan, Secondhand Serenade, and Perry Farrell and played every venue from Jones Beach Amphitheater in New York to the streets of Seattle with everything in between. The band has also chalked up an impressive array of media appearances popping up everywhere from Fox Television’s “Fearless Music” to live performances on CBS and NBC. In addition to being spun on over 300 national radio stations there have been features on the Winter Olympics and an arena filled sing-along to their music at every home game for the NHL’s New York Islanders.
Since its outset, Nathan, along with (bassist) Adam Root and (lead guitarist) Steve Gregoire have brought the soundtrack to a new generation, while wearing hope on their sleeves, keeping their sights on the dream and doing it all while reaching for the sky.
The Constant is an indie rock band from New York City, lead by singer/guitarist Steven Baggs, who's a voice right out of the late 90's with his pain vocals and rocking tight sound. More precisely, he sounds like Eagle Eye Cherry and has the growl of Dave Grohl, but don't hold it against him. Assorted synthesizers ground the band in 2011, but that 90's sound is surely unmistakable.
In Spring of 2007, The Constant entered NADA Recording Studio to begin recording 'The Constant EP'. In November of 2008, they continued recording tracks for the EP at The Pilot Studio. The songs, co-produced by Baggs, are packed with upbeat power anthems influenced by the writing of late 90's and whose sound has been called a mix of melodious pop and organic rock.
The Constant released their latest EP, Let's Go Analog, in April of 2011. Each song is filled with sharpened hooks toughened by innovative guitar riffs and harmonious vocals that will settle into your head and stay there. With Let's Go Analog the band looks to further solidify themselves as a real rock act, writing, playing and producing their own music. The Constant is ready to hit the road and showcase their music to the world.