May 20, 2024

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Three, Two, One…Xero Has Arrived!

XeroAs many of you have now learned, the band Xero (comprised of former members of the band Octane) has now hit the cover band scene. For many years, we’ve all grown to love the local, hard rocking original band first lead by Brian Bortnick. But as times change, we all have to make decisions on what we need to do to change with the times. The new band, Xero, has been hitting clubs all over the area with their new set list of cover songs and has many people very excited!

I sat down and spoke with Lead Singer, Jordan Demarest and he explained, “We decided to play covers in order to appeal to a larger mass of people. The fans of Octane are going to really love this and for those that enjoy all types of music, Xero is a band that will really appeal to them, as well.” There is a great deal of talent between the 4 band members, and there is no doubt they can pull off just about any style of music and do it well. From Classic Rock to today’s Top 40 Dance and Alternative Rock, Xero has the bases covered.

Don’t expect Xero to be like other cover bands out there, though. Even though they may be doing some “lighter” sounding music which will be quite different from you may have been used to in the old Octane days, they still have that harder edge sound. “We will be playing a lot more crowd friendly Rock, that is high energy and fun,” Jordan explained. These guys are tight as can be, with exquisite harmonies, and since all 4 members sing lead and play other instruments, you will enjoy a very versatile band and a show that is different every time you see them.

They are all about just building an identity for the band right now and will be playing some great rooms such as Alibis in West Chester, Tom & Jerry’s in Milmont Park and Philly’s #1 Rock Club, Whiskey Tango. Starting on 8/25, Xero will be LIVE every Thursday night, through the month of September at The Gypsy Bar at The Borgata in Atlantic City! Be sure to go check them out at this awesome club! You can visit the bands Facebook page at to learn more about them and where they will be next! Xero is: Jordan Demarest – Lead Vocals, Guitar; Joe Berndt – Bass, Vocals;
Eric Steigenhofer – Guitar, Vocals; and Andy Difronzo – Drums.

For those of you that are the die-hard Octane fans, don’t worry! You still have the opportunity to hear the heart pounding, hard-rocking and edgy originals you loved in the past with the all new band, Defy. Their Lead Singer, David Simpson brings an all new look and onstage presence to the band. Along with Jordan, Joe, Eric and Andy, you can expect great things from them, including a brand new CD this Fall! To check out the all new band, you can visit their Facebook page at Horns up Rock fans! This is gonna be a cool ride!

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