Coming in this week with 4,940 votes! Reality Suite wins Battle Of The Bands!
Kimmii Heart: Lead Vocals Brian King: Drums
Joe Padula: Guitars Antonio Valenti: Bass, Vocals
“Reality Suite is a bit of a New Jersey super-group. Their fusion of modern and classic rock is a fairly compelling mix since they really don’t sound like any other indie band I can think of,” declared Jim Testa - founder of Jersey Beat fanzine and contributing writer to Rolling Stone magazine.
Formed in 2009 in North Haledon, New Jersey by three life long friends, Brian King (drums,) Antonio Valenti (bass,) and Joe Padula (guitars) – their ambition has been to write heavy, melodic rock. After a string of male and female vocalists, Kimmii Heart joined establishing the definitive line-up now known worldwide.
In September of 2015, the self-produced debut full length”Skinn” was released. A breath of fresh air to global modern rock fans, it was secretly a greatest hits album capitalizing on Reality Suite’s most popular songs from previous EPs. "Skinn boasts a number of standout tracks, including hook-laden first single, Die Dreaming, the equally infectious Save My Life and Playing with Fire and the propulsive Vegas Holiday" - commented the Record/Herald News reporter, Brian Aberback. The song Save My Life was featured as the Song of the Week in Steppin' Out, a NJ music publication. MPire Magazine declared, “Skinn is a damned near perfect piece of rock, one that incorporates the old and new in the right balance."
After an aggressive band managed social media campaign, Reality Suite has developed over 20,000 followers worldwide. There are pleas from male and female fans of all ages requesting the New Jersey based band to perform in their cities and countries. Several continents are represented by fans posting photos with their “Skinn” CD, posting screenshots of streaming tracks and videos of themselves singing songs from the acclaimed album. “When recording “Skinn,” we didn’t know if anyone was going to care about it. We knew about 12 friends that would be interested, that was it. Months after its release, we are constantly receiving praise from fans around the world. It is so fulfilling. It is truly driving us to take our new album to the next level,” Brian told WDHA 105.5FM DJ, Lidsay Klein in an interview.
In October 2016, Reality Suite released the single "Bury Me Alive." Leading music review website, Stereo Stickman stated: "It feels like an instant classic. It’s like the band have taken this incredible leap forwards into alternate territory, without sacrificing any of what we loved about them in the first place. They’ve brought back the things we loved the most about early 2000’s rock and pop-rock, and fused it effectively with this fresh and always addictive Reality Suite sound."
In May of 2018, Reality Suite released Awaken after being approached by Grammy winning Producer Earl Cohen (Lady Gaga, Jessica Simpson) and Grammy nominated Producer/Engineer Mike Ferretti (Sevendust). Brian King revealed in an interview with PopBreak.com: "The songs "Grave" and "Cut, Burn, Bruise" may be closest to defining what "Awaken" is all about. During the writing for what became "Awaken," Kimmii and I realized most of what we were writing about (she and are are the lyricists) were losing loved ones (including unreleased songs.) Each of us had lost someone close to us in the last two years. I lost my mother in 2016 to lung cancer - which spawned the song "Cut, Burn Bruise." Kimmii lost a close family friend which inspired "Grave." Antonio lost his mother and Joe had lost an Aunt in 2017 - so, as much as "Grave" and "Cut" are about missing a loved one, in the context with the other songs - "Awaken" becomes an album about recovery and rebirth......leaving the pain behind and moving on. The songs "Live Now Forever," "Dead to Me," and "Lust" drive that point home."
Photo: Jeff Crespi