New Life Crisis features Paul Mahos - Vox, Acoustic Guitar, Jeff Allegue - Lead guitar, Bass guitar, John Sawicki - Electronic Drums, sequences, dance grooves and Rob Woebber (you name it he does it). Their shows in the tri-state area have become legendary.
But there's certainly more to the story of "The Planet's Mightiest Independent Original Mashup Band"...
Early on, Paul Mahos, (previous) drummer Steve O'Brien, (previous) bassist Steve Bonacio and guitarist Jeff Allegue joined together in September 1999, signing to Tommy Boy Records in Spring of 2000. Their debut single "Daylight" appeared on MTV's platinum selling "Party to Go Remixed" and was also recorded by the European group No Angels, selling more than three million copies worldwide in 2001 and 2002.
But Tommy Boy folded before the release of their album. While most bands would have collapsed under the weight of such a tragic event in their career, NLC soldiered on. In 2005, the group independently released their self-titled debut album. The album included the song "Breaking", featured on the hit MTV show "Laguna Beach: The Real O.C." and the smash single "Dirty Little Girl".
The same year, New Life Crisis's single "Dirty Little Girl" was heard my music executive Stephen Stone from Ruffhouse Entertainment). Stephen took the band on a wild adventure, where the band produced a television pilot called "30 Days till I'm Famous", wrote a modest hit called "The Bunda" and gave birth to Paul's manic alter-ego (...there are always alter-egos), "Tango Borracho" - in the sunny, tropical watering holes of Costa Rica.
In 2006, drummer Steve Dupree left the band and was replaced by session drummer and previous member of New Life Crisis, Steve O'Brien.
In 2007, Paul Mahos and New Life Crisis was invited to play for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's annual Gala, held in Rumson, New Jersey. The event raised more than 1.3 Million Dollars for Juvenile Diabetes Research.
"Dirty Little Girl," from the self-titled album, was played on October 3, 2007, during an appearance by Paul Mahos and Joe Cumia on the XM Radio program The Opie & Anthony Show. The appearance also included a battle "for the kids" between Paul Mahos and Master Po, a security guard for Opie & Anthony. The bet was that if Paul was able to stand toe-to-toe and not tap out for 30 seconds with Master Po, the hosts would play "Dirty Little Girl" by New Life Crisis. Paul prevailed, but at the cost of a torn back muscle at the hands of Master Po.
In 2010, Paul Mahos was interviewed by Nicole B. Brewer on the online interview show, "Main Street Series" .
In 2012 Dan's Papers readers named New Life Crisis a Best of the Best winner for local band in the Hamptons. The band was again featured on Hamptons.com for performing at "Rock For Rescue" to benefit the Last Chance Animal Rescue on April 17, 2012.
Breathing New Life into “New Life”
It's the end of an era as well as a new chapter in the history of New Life Crisis. Our long time drummer and friend Steve O'Brien is leaving the band to pursue other endeavors. On behalf of the band we would like to thank him for his many years of service and talent. He has made this a really difficult seat to fill, we wish him lots of luck and all the best in his new pursuits moving forward.
We would also like to take this time to welcome our new drummer John Sawicki. John Sawicki has been traveling the world playing drums for the last 15 years. He's performed with Tommy Lee, Adrian Young, DJ Lethal, 30 Seconds to Mars, Steve Stevens, Street Drum Corps, The Lost and Found Orchestra, Guy Lombardo Big Band and of course STOMP!
He's an incredibly gifted musician and we know he will be a tremendous asset to New Life Crisis. We look forward to many great years with John at the helm.
Can’t wait to see you all soon.
New Life Crisis