Approaching maturity, Jay Braun (gtr, vox) has at last fulfilled the dream of re-forming his high school metal band complete with original members. Jay's younger brother Justin (bass, vox) found himself dragged throughout what would have otherwise been a peaceful suburban adolecence into various noise and surf outfits in the city, regularly gigging before he was old enough to buy drinks. Upon Jay's return from two tours filling in on bass in MOONEY SUZUKI, and guitar in the legendary art-rock combo BAND OF SUSANS' final U.S. and European tours, he and Justin got cracking on a band of their own. Meanwhile, Jun Takeshta (gtr, vox), a schoolmate of Jay's, was back in Tokyo honing his skills in avant-pop and metal bands. Only when he learned that Jay and Justin were forming a band back in the states did he return to New York and thus the best band in the world was born. At last they knew they were complete when they were joined by jazzmetal superstar Jess Wallace whose main drummin influence is Jim Henson's Animal. NEGATONES- 'The Heavy EP' Brooklyn's Negatones have been bouncing around the underbelly of the NY club scene for about as long as MOONEY SUZUKI (in fact, I met both bands on a double bill about 5 years ago). But while the Mooney's' garage-rock seems to earn more props by looking to the past for inspiration, The Negatones bravely go where no spastic post-punk noise combo has gone before, though the songs are more hysterical than heavy. The jagged but seamless two-part harmonies of siblings Jay and Justin Braun propel these gritty (yet still recognizably pop) tunes, with lumpy, swaggering bass lines, weird outer-space guitar solos, and frantic drum breakdowns. Listening to this EP is like drinking a quart of Starbucks coffee with a methamphetamine chaser. You'll be a nervous wreck, but happy for the experience. - Jersey Beat 20th Anniversary Issue.