I made music for quite some time, beginning with the post-hardcore/alternative metal band Horror Time in Jersey City, N.J. in the early 90s, the Joe Pagetta Band in the mid-nineties, and as a solo singer-songwriter though the early aughts in Nashville before going on music sabbatical in 2007 following the release of my final EP, Other People’s News. That EP, and the 2004 full length-release Joywood are both available wherever you stream music. In 2022, I released my first new music under the band moniker, Court Us All. The first single, “Love and Serotonin,” was released on April 1, 2022 and is also available wherever you stream music. There is information and links below to the new Court Us All single and the 2021 reissue of Horror Time’s first EP, 1991.

Court Us All (2022)

Court Us All is a new pop-rock band/moniker that released its first single, “Love and Serotonin” on April 1, 2022. It was co-produced by Joe Pagetta and Dave Coleman and engineered by Coleman at Howard’s Studio Apartment in Nashville, with Pagetta on lead vocals, rhythm acoustic and electric guitar, Coleman on bass and electric lead guitar and Marshall Richardson on drums. It’s embedded below via Soundcloud and available wherever you stream music.

Horror Time: 1991

Horror Time in 1991
Horror Time in 1991

“Wallowing in anomie and despair would set these guys apart from most young metal bands, but the variety of their influences — from tender acoustic guitar intros to angry, fluid electric leads — and the serious of their lyrics impressed me the most.” — Jim Testa, Constant Listener, Gold Coast, July 15, 1991.

Horror Time was an alt. metal/post-hardcore band formed in Jersey City, N.J. in 1990 by Chris Morelli, Joe Pagetta, Jonpaul Pantozzi and Rocky Patel. Released in October, 2021, the album 1991 combines the band’s original four-song cassette studio EP recorded at Sound on Sound Recordings in West Caldwell, N.J. with archival live tracks from Pearl Studios in Jersey City. Digitized from cassette by Joe Pisapia at Middletree Studios in Nashville, TN in 2021.

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Read an essay about Horror Time in Today’s American Catholic: When Coming of Age was Horror Time.