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15 New Jersey Bands That Almost Make the State Tolerable

Ah, the Garden State. To know her is to marginally tolerate her out of necessity. The taxes, the corrupt politicians, the odor; it’s really got everything for a young, impressionable punk to rebel against. You can call Jersey the armpit of America all you want, but when was the last time you went to a punk show that didn’t smell like B.O.? Sorry your poser state smells like lavender fields or honeydew or whatever.

We know we are brash to outsiders, but deep down, we are also equally as hardened. Thus, the bands from our great state rule. Here are 15 bands you should familiarize yourself with.

We hope that this window into the New Jersey scene helps you better understand our culture, or at least tolerate it a little more. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we have to hop on a train to the city so we can actually see some good touring acts.