Also, they throw in some punk rock influence from bands like The Misfits and The Ramones. The result is a well rounded original sound, that defies genres and creates it own style of hardcore, that sounds like no other band out there. It’s brutal, fast, and full of energy. The passion of its members is obvious, and comes through loud and clear when they take the stage and perform live.
Ripface Invasion was formed in December of 2010 by vocalist Anthony (Red) Paladino. Red is the founder and an active member of the Earache Records 1997 new chapter recording artist IDK, since their creation in 1990. The rest of the Ripface Invasion line up consists of original E-town Concrete guitarist Ken Pescatore. He performed and wrote the music on E-Town Concrete's first two albums on Resurrection AD Records.
He is also the founding member of Arson, a metal outfit that signed to Resurrection AD Records. The bass guitar duties are held by Tom Conti, who has played along side Red in IDK since 1995. Ripface’s drum basher is Dan Lockhart, who is a longtime veteran hardcore drummer. He has played in acts such as One 4 One and A Moment’s Peace.
Finally, on second guitar is Ant Lefty. He has followed all of the above bands and grew up through the Staten Island, NY hardcore scene. Ripface Invasion’s discography features a 7”vinyl single for their song The Last One on Earth, and their self-titled debut EP, which was released (CD and digital) on July 5, 2011, on IDK music LLC records. The EP featured a number of cameos by some of New Jersey’s and New York’s punk and hardcore scene mainstays from over the last 20 years.
Some of these players include Rey Fonseca from Agents of Man/Maximum Penalty/One4One, Ron Taylor from Backlash, and Fabio Amato and Mike Nappi from IDK. Ripface Invasion’s debut EP received rave reviews from publications, such as The Aquarian Weekly and The Jersey Beat. The EP also reached a respective underground standing with a great review from Stereokiller.com. Further, Ripface Invasion has made a big mark on college radio and on you tube.
Ripface Invasion filmed and released a full feature music video for their song The Last One on Earth. The Last One on Earth song has also become one of the most requested songs on the 89.5 WSOU’s street patrol show. Because of this, Ripface Invasion received L/cut status. The Last One on Earth was received so well that the song was put into regular rotation, along side all the major label hard rock/heavy metal acts played on the station.
Ripface Invasion caught the attention of Scorpion records owner Scott Yarmula with their first record in early 2012. Scott reached out to the band to find out their goals and interests, which led to Ripface Invasion signing onto Scorpion records. “To Not Give In” is a 3 song EP which will be released on July 17, 2012 worldwide on Scorpion Records. Ripface Invasion plans to tour in support of both their records this fall and then settle, down and record a full length LP to be released in 2013.
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