There's no denying that 'Jersey Shore' is a phenomenon, one which incites the ire of many Garden State residents. Monster Magnet/Riotgod/Atomic B----wax drummer Bob Pantella sounded off a bit about the show, when asked, telling Noisecreep, "I can't under mention this enough, but as anyone who lives in any kind of tourist attraction area knows, it's really not like that for the most part. Yes, there are some places like the ones you see on TV, especially in the summer, but for the most part, it's not really like what you see at all. It's TV for god's sake. It's not real. Just like every Italian guy you see walking down the street isn't in the mob, well, you get the picture."

Pantella was quick to point out that the Jersey shore region is marked by diversity, not just guidos who like to overindulge in libations. "It's not all Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi. I think that if Springsteen or Bon Jovi came from Boise, Idaho, they would have been just as successful. I guess the reality behind all the diversity is the fact that there are so many people in such a small area."

He also reminded us to not forget that the Jersey shore is an hour from New York City, saying, "Once you leave the city, you're not in the Emerald Forest all of a sudden; you're in Jersey city. Then there is more city and more city. Little by little, by the time you get to the shore area, you'll start to find suburbia. There are so many towns connected to each other that you don't feel like your leaving one and entering another. It seems more like your just in the area. So that makes the 'shore' feel more like one big community than anything. As huge of an area that it is, everyone seems to know everyone else, especially musicians. Everyone in all four bands that I play in knows each other or have been in another band together or shared a girlfriend. Yes it's like that."

Monster Magnet and Riotgod both have albums on the horizon, further proving Pantella's point that Jersey is diverse.


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