By Becca Jean

This local New Jersey band, DIYs, is quickly rising through ranks and is headed for stardom.  The DIYs, started by Andrew Nufario and Tom Hildebrand in 2007, had a meeting of musical fate when they stumbled across drummer, Mario Conte and later guitarist, Tyler Crifasi at Black Bird Recording Studio in Parsippany.  When the group started playing, they developed a pop punk style reminiscent of the Descendents. Later, the band converted into a tightly executed screamo band, all the while staying true punk rock roots.

The DIYs, early EP Burn Burn, can be found on ITunes, Myspace, Amazon, and Limewire.  In March, the highly anticipated LP will be available, featuring the band’s newest addition, guitarist Syid Rivera.  The LP will be the band’s way of showing their fans what they’re really made of. This LP shouldn’t be missed by anyone who is a lover of songs featuring teenage angst and understands the perspective of today’ youth.

An even better example of The DIYs talent is seeing them play lives; up close and personal. The band has a tremendous stage presence that rivals most concert musicians.  You can catch The DIYs at their upcoming shows on Jan. 3, at The Stone Pony, where Bruce Springsteen used to play, Jan. 16, at the VFW in Hasbrouck Heights, and The Break Contest (auditions for Bamboozle) on Jan. 17.

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