From the ashes of several successful New Jersey Rock groups, the duo of City Vision (Rob Nardone, Dar Franks) have united their talents to create a new atmosphere of sounds blending the finest ingredients of Alternative and Electronic Rock music. Armed with a vintage Korg synthesizer, the two came together and wrote "Falling," the song that would become the anchor for their new musical endeavor. "We were down in the studio messing with new and different sounds.." Nardone states, "And that opening synth sequence ("Falling") just kind of came out of nowhere, and we ran with it." It's easy to tell from the song's opening seconds, from the blazing synthesizers, to the soaring vocals, to the gut-wrenching drop of the opening beat, City Vision have captured something special here. The group cites a wide array of musical influences, ranging from rock contemporaries like U2 and Third Eye Blind, to groundbreaking electronic artists like M83 and Kavinsky. Nardone met Dar Franks many years ago, while the two were performing in various different music projects, ranging back to their days in High School.
Nardone has also had his fair share of the road, touring nationally with several different bands, and landing on stage with Bono and U2 for a performance in NJ for over twenty thousand in attendance. "We have made a lot of great memories so far while performing music, but we are mostly excited about what lies ahead" Nardone says, "We feel like our creativity is really flowing on this new material, and we can't wait to share it with listeners everywhere.” In November 2018, City Vision released their debut EP, entitled “The Darkness + The Blinding Light,” across all major digital streaming platforms as well as physical copies available on the band’s website. The band also expanded to a four piece live band, enlisting the services of bass guitarist Erik Raj and guitarist Vincent Auletta to add sonic depth to the City Vision live concert arsenal. City Vision then celebrated the release of their debut EP with a live performance at New York City’s Mercury Lounge on December 11th, sparking the next, exciting chapter in the band’s history.
Photographer: Dennis Quartarolo