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The Skinny: We’re not trying to sell a product. We’re not trying to seel a trend. So exclaims vocalist Jeff Wallace on the band’s anthem Malevolent Nation. This pretty much sums up the brazen philosophy and attitude of the Ocean County, NJ based hard rock/metal quintet End Of An Era. “We don’t want people to buy into the whole Laguna Beach (ie: TV show) and American Idol and all that bullshit that is so prevalent in American society these days,” confesses keyboardist Steve Blair, reinstating, “We want to take people away from their television and computer and make them think for themselves.”

The band came together nearly 5 years ago when Blair and Wallace teamed up to write music, and not long after they recruited guitarist Jeff Brogan, bassist Justin Mazyk and drummer Jeff Spags who were all performing in different local bands in the area at the time. Blair admits, “The music scene here is fertile at the moment, New Jersey lies between NY and Philly so there’s always tons of places and 3 million bands competing for good gigs.”

As far as the music is concerned, all five members come from different musical backgrounds ranging from industrial to punk to all-out heavy metal which all come together to create a unique modern-industrial metallic framework that defines the End Of An Era sound. And as for the lyrics, Blair conveys, “Many of the tracks lyrically come from the perspective of a person on the outside looking in at the world around.” Blair continues, “It’s a real ‘Me against the world’ attitude… It’s about NOT buying into any trends and just being yourself and having your own beliefs.”

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