“Steven Tyler said we should just name the band Rahway”

Rahway mixes heart and the hardest blistering rock this side of Seether and Theory of a Deadman, they are guaranteed to get any crowd moving with their intense guitar-driven live show. Rahway is a nonstop rock fest, with an unlimited amount of energy, guaranteed for every performance.

Since rolling out of New Jersey’s industrial wasteland, Rahway to be exact, these perennial rock underdogs are ready to take over the world! David Cardenas, guitarist, his brother, and drummer Steve Cardenas, along with vocalist Nick Hade and bassist Chigger, feel that their latest CD, Undefeated, is a fresh opportunity to prove themselves as many bands from Jersey have done in the past. We had a chance to talk with the band’s drummer, Steve Cardenas.


“Me and my brother have been together forever. Nick, we met when our band and his band played a show together, so we stole him. Chigger, we knew from the music circuit and it just made sense.”

Behind the name:

“Our original name was Sun and we were working with Aerosmith’s producer Jack Douglas. Jack got to talking about us and Steven Tyler didn’t like our name. At the time we were rehearsing in Rahway, Steven Tyler said we should just name the band Rahway. Who are we to argue. (laughs)”


“How we goof around but just at the right time we seem to pull it together and then it’s all business. Songs come to the band in different forms, a lot of times I come in with a few ideas or whole songs that get reworked by the guys, sometimes my brother or Chigger will come up with a riff and we run with it.”

A few words about the new EP, Slumlords of New Jersey:

“How beautifully everything just worked out together, Mike Orlando from Adrenaline Mob, who produced the EP, being on the same page as us and everyone just putting in their best. Very beautifully done.”

Describing the new EP in five words:

“Refreshing, different, powerful, melodic, groovy.”

Fun facts:

“One-time years back we were doing a DIY recording, everything was pretty much done, Dave just finished all the guitar work. A little back story on Dave, he tends to be very serious, as I’m the opposite very goofy. I decided to play a joke on Dave by hiding the guitar solo on one song and replacing it with a Kazoo. (laughs) It was so funny. Obviously, the guitar solo was still there but for that moment the look on Dave’s face was priceless.”

“I hope to see everyone very soon, hopefully, 2021 will be a better year for rock bands. Peace love and everyone be safe. Don’t forget to visit us at http://www.RahwayBand.com to pick up some Rahway swag and download your copy of our new EP, Slumlord of New Jersey.”

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