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Eric from Foreign Figures and the band is Not like the other kids

Amanda Giordano


"how to we dream differently, I think the big dream for us is to create music than can allow others to feel safe enough to express their true authentic selves. and to impower others to chase after their dreams as well. What makes us different? (not like the other kids) no one has my same personality, style, taste of music, voice. but we definately like different genres of music and we as a band blend hip hop, r&b, rock, and we kinda have our own sound." 

Thank you Maralee Nielson

Until we get caught is Not like the other kids

Amanda Giordano


We’re “Until We Get Caught” and we are a 6 piece pop punk band hailing from both Staten Island, NY and Providence, RI. That’s right, half of us live in New York while the other half live in Rhode Island. Right off the bat, you can tell that we aren’t like most bands. Our music style isn’t like most other popular bands as well. 

What makes us unique however is not just our location or our music. But we all come from different walks of life and have experienced all different upbringings. Since this band started in 2014, our goal wasn’t to get signed and become rock stars. It was to send a message to anyone out there that life may not always go the way you want it to, but you should make the most of it and live it to the fullest. We bring this up during every show we play, whether that be local or when we tour across the country. Every song we write has many hours of trial and error behind it, so much heart and soul and each message in these songs are something we hope resonates with the listener. 


Aleks Gershman- Unclean Vocals

Chris Brady- Clean Vocals

Rickie Garcia- Rhythm Guitar/ Vocals 

Chris Petrocchi- Bass Guitar

Nick Rod- Lead Guitar

Tom Reig- Drums


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Zara Lone is Not like the other kids

Amanda Giordano


Why am I not like the other kids?

I think my background kind of shaped me into the person that I am. I went to catholic school for 4 years, then went to public middle school, got shipped off to Pakistan, went to a private boarding school out there, came back and attended the rest of high school and college here. I graduated with a political science degree with a minor in sociology from Wagner College. While in school, I interned with the United Nations. I also became licensed as a business risk analyst and insurance consultant while in my junior year of college and landed a job a couple days after graduation as a professional sports business risk analyst on 42nd and Park. I went back to school a year later to get my MBA (also Wagner College) and currently work at Marsh and McLennan. I think my educational diversity really shaped my point of view and expanded my horizons very early on.

I think I'm relentless in my pursuit of success, I want to do everything - and I make sure that I do. I started my artistic endeavors with writing prose, it developed into poetry and short stories. I am a makeup artist and it sparked my interest into the realm of fashion. I then branched off into photography and started playing with graphic design. The more I did shoots and collaborated with other local artists, the more I started curating my own vision and decided that I wanted to start a project where I could have the artistic visions in my mind come to life. I have eclectic taste and enjoy quirky statement pieces, I like controversy and pushing the limit, and sometimes, my vision would clash with the photographer or creative director. I think the only way I figured out how to do that was to start directing shoots from start to finish. I wanted to find a way to complement my artistic vision with my purpose. I believe that my purpose in this lifetime is to bring to light the social and ethical issues that we see day to day but are unpopular to talk about; it's to change the world by pushing the limit to achieve positive results. It is sometimes to become the bad guy but to plant a seed in people's minds that forces them to think beyond the level of comfort that they are used to. One particular issue that is close to my heart and that I'm working on a piece for is mental health in the South Asian community. I hope to shed light on the stigmas associated with culture and religion in minority communities. Another issue that I would like to tackle is how to bridge the gap between adolescence and adulthood by teaching people the important things that are neglected by school curriculums like learning how to interview for jobs and maximizing your personal brand.

Lastly. I think what really sets me apart is that I have an immense amount of pride about where I come from. I'm a self proclaimed Staten Island fanboy and I am enlightened enough to acknowledge that there is immense talent and opportunity here. I believe that supporting where we come from and the people that we are surrounded with not only strenghthens your own personal mission by expanding your network and building bridges but strenghthens a community. I believe strongly in the power of unity and hope to make this a core value of my upcoming blog, called Chronicles of the Lone. It is going to be a culture blog hyperfocused on the concepts of social awareness, art, and community. 

Lavish is Not like the other kids

Amanda Giordano


People always ask me how am I different from everybody else. People tend to look at me and can immediately tell I'm not everyone else. From the way I carry myself humbly, the way I dress, even down to the energy I give off as soon as I step into a room. But what makes me very different from a lot of people is the way I speak. My #1 obstacle in life has sparked off the person I am today.

Being an artist and speaking into a microphone with a melody has always been easy for me. Speaking is something that is easy for everybody. It's how we communicate. It's how we express our feelings and tell people we love them. For me, speaking without lyrics and a melody has been a huge obstacle. Being a person who stutters makes me different from everyone else. It's things so easy like saying "thank you" after somebody holds the door that makes me frustrated because I cant get the words out. Ever since I was younger, I turned that frustration into lyrics & melodies and showed people that 'stuttering kid' from Staten Island has a bigger voice than you think when I begin to rap. I'm #notliketheotherkids because I take my weakness and turn it into one of my biggest strengths - music. I know my worth and I know my voice is powerful... even if it takes me a while to say what I have to say.