The Band

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Porchistas started as a bunch of friends writing and singing songs late into summer nights, on their rickety porch on Forest Street in Montclair, New Jersey. That evolved to DIY house concerts and block parties that continue today. Their songs navigate through the rock genre; Folk, swing, surf, reggae, blues, psychedelic, punk - always rock and roll. The Porchistas have developed friendships with musicians throughout The U.S. that shape the identity of who they are as a band. They see music and art as community building endeavors.

 

The Porchistas have performed at the WNTI Stage Festival, The Jersey Shore Music Festival, The Wellmont Theater and The Hoboken Arts & Music Festival, The Bitter End, just to name a few. In October 2017 they were aired on WFMU's "Dance With Me, Stanley" for two consecutive episodes with DJ Stashu, first live on air, then taped live in Studio B for live broadcast and for WFMU's free music archives. 

 

In December of 2019 The Porchistas were featured for 3 consecutive nights by 95.9FM WRAT DJ Tom Hanley as the Jersey Rock band of the week.  And in September of 2016 their music video for "A Piece a Junk" was WRAT's video of the week.

 

The Porchistas have shared stages with Nicole Atkins, Willie Nile, Brick & Mortar, PineGrove, Thomas Wesley Stern, The Grand Slambovians, Billy Hector and countless others. They also performed at and were the primary organizers of Tierneys Tavern Music Festival, an event that drew 4,000 + people.  The Porchistas were named 2014's top independent rock band by the New Jersey Acoustic Music Awards. 

Their song "Mister Chump" off their 2017 EP "Axis & Allies" that satirically destroys Donald Trump, was named one of New York Music Daily's top 100 songs of 2017. Track 2 "Ebolabama" is a reggae tune that storylines the bizarre and racist conspiracy theories that dogged President Obama's tenure and was featured in the Huffington Post for its biting wit and satire. 

With the 2014 release of their 5th CD, “Shoot it at the Sun” The Porchistas built upon their  reputation throughout the metropolitan area as a band known for deft songwriting and musicianship.  Although all previous Porchistas releases drew excellent reviews, Shoot it at the Sun received notable feedback from NJarts.net, The Aquarian Weekly, The Asbury Park Press, NJ Stage Magazine, The Montclair Times, Northjersey.com, JerseyBeat Magazine and many more – "Combining an honest simplicity with a wicked talent for arrangement and construction, The Porchistas’ great new CD, Shoot It At The Sun, is the surefire money shot straight into that elusive, face turning solar plexus of musical success." John Pfeifer The Aquarian Weekly 

 

On June 8, 2018 the band released their 7th studio recording - Porch Drive - 10 original Porchistas tunes on flash drive wrist bands. It was deemed the 'Record of the Week' in NJarts.net & New Jersey Stage Magazine.  "...songwriting that best accentuates eclectically expressed roots and globe-spanning styles makes “Porch Drive” the strongest release yet by The Porchistas." (Bob Makin, Makin Waves). 

ALAN "SUCIA" SMITH

 Alan "Sucia" Smith, songwriter and guitarist, learned to play music from his neighbor and former Porchista Jeff Ecklund, and was drawn to songwriting through his life experiences. When he's not pushing local music, he might be found building houses out of poo and bamboo in a remote tropical farm town.

ADAM "DEVIL HANDS" FALZER

   Songwriter, guitarist and producer Adam "Devil Hands" Falzer studied Music Synthesis at Berklee School of Music, plays memorable, melodic leads and solid rhythms - Though theory based, his matter-of-fact, rock and roll approach to music-making is the backbone of The Porchistas steady flow of records.

GERRY GRIFFIN

Bassist and producer Gerry Griffin has been playing the bass since he was 15 years old. He's played in several bands over the years including the ALIEN SLAVES, Baked Fresh Daily and Mojo Edge. Gerry records and produces music at his studio, the Temple of Tuneage & now co-produces Porchistas records with Falzer.

 

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        JONATHAN RIORDAN

  • Jon has been making a name for himself with NJ musicians for the past 18 years. He's racked up a lot of experience playing with bands spanning from Samba to Prog-Rock. He is now happy to finally find himself firmly fixed behind the kit on the front porch making tunes with his favorite people on the planet. 

 

 

 

 

ARIAN CLAY-SIROP 

is a self-taught drummer since the age of 10 and has played in various bands since then. She also enjoys playing the guitar & piano. She’s the newest addition to The Porchistas and when she’s not playing music, her two year old is entertaining her with his music skills

Ed Fritz

Eddie learned to play accordion and keys from his Dad and Grandfather and has been adding his sounds to several New Jersey based bands for 18 years.