From clubs and colleges, to amphitheaters and music festivals, LUZER has performed for hundreds of thousands of people across the country since it formed in the final days of the last millennium. Whether it be upstaging the headliners or headlining themselves, LUZER is on a journey to bring their unique brand of power-pop rock n? roll to the masses. In the words of LUZER?s singer/songwriter Tim Mahoney, ?We are just four guys who love rock n? roll.? But LUZER?s not just that. They are four extremely talented young musicians who are standing tall on the horizon of the new millenniums "Rock N? Roll Renaissance".
Formed in late 1999, LUZER is one of New Jerseys most promising up and coming modern rock bands. LUZERs influences range from The Beatles to KISS to The Beach Boys, ELO, and Queen, but their sound is a power-pop amalgamation of all of these. Singer/guitarist/songwriter Tim Mahoney, and drummer Dan Seeth, (both formally of Life In General) brought in lead guitarist R. Dan Salyerds (better known as Sally) to record their first independent LP, jokingly entitled Greatest Hits, in the summer of 2000. Bassist Chris Volk joined soon after, and the band began performing locally. LUZER spent the next year performing throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania at music festivals, colleges, and clubs, building up a local following and selling hundreds of copies of their debut album. In April 2001, LUZER released a new track, "Suburban Anthem", on the internets number one music website mp3.com. Word of mouth spread quick, and within two weeks LUZER topped their national power-pop charts. In the midst of touring, LUZER had matured into a top notch professional stage act, and also into gifted songwriters with a knack for melody well beyond their years.
In July 2002, LUZER hit the road with New Jersey veterans The Mahoney Brothers. This marked LUZERs first national tour, performing at fairs, festivals, amusement parks, colleges, theaters, and everywhere in between. LUZERs extensive touring with The Mahoney Brothers tightened the band musically and professionally. In late 2002, LUZER returned back to the tri-state area club circuit. From New York City to Philly, from Baltimore to the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, LUZER began building a reputation for showing up headliners. Long gone were the four high school bandmates from Hamilton, NJ. Tim Mahoney, Dan Seeth, Sally, and Chris Volk were now seasoned musicians with more than two years of touring under their belts.
Building on 2002s momentum, LUZER continued to perform live all over New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, including a regular engagement at Abilene on South Street in Philly and several appearances at Baltimores top concert hall The Recher Theater. 2003 featured performances with Vendetta Red (Sony/Epic), Silvertide (J Records), and also a headlinging slot at the "LIVESTOCK II" New Jersey music festival. In May the band released their first live cd, "LIVE! DOWN ON THE FARM". Featuring more than a dozen tunes off the first two albums, as well as LUZER versions of The Beatles "Birthday" and Americas "Horse With No Name", the live album only fueled LUZER?s passion to return to the studio.
With a backload of new material overflowing, LUZER returned to the studio in the summer of 2003 to begin work on nearly thirty new songs. Finally in the spring of 2004, LUZER narrowed down their recordings down to fifteen tracks to be released as their follow up full-length album to 2000s Greatest Hits. Available on their own label, Dubly Records, Reset was released on June 12, 2004. Distributed by The Orchard, Reset was released nationally later that summer, including digitally through Napster, Real Rhapsody, and the internet?s #1 digital download store, iTunes.
LUZER looks to the future with anticipation and confidence. When asked by the NJ/NYC rock paper "The Aquarian" what the band wants out of the music industry, bassist Chris Volk stated their philosophy best...