The West Front is a four piece alternative rock band from NJ. The band's lineup includes singer/songwriter Eddie Fernandez, drummer Chris Skolsky, lead guitarist Vinnie Bruno, and bassist Tony Nemati. “Together, the guys have a great mix of darker tones and a slight hint of that hope that a listener can truly grab on to. They deliver raw energy, honesty and consistent melodies. Though they are definitely rock, they find ways to augment that standard rock format. I cannot put my finger on it, but something about this band sticks out. Their songs are tight, concise and inventive. Between their poetic-like lyrics, amazing lead vocals, hard-hitting guitars and a solid rhythm section, you have The West Front (Maria Marr/95.9 the WRAT).”
It seems some things in life are just meant to happen. Funny how a simple conversation 20 years ago at a high school lunch table, could turn into performing in front of thousands at Starland Ballroom. "After finding out Nemati played the bass, I asked my Dad for one that year for Christmas. But as fate would have it, the only left-handed thing in the store was an acoustic guitar. I remember immediately falling in love with that guitar, and the idea of writing my own songs. Looking back, that guitar enabled me to let my guard down, and let some stuff out" (Eddie Fernandez). Although the two started up a trio during their senior year in high school, performing up and down West Front St. in Red Bank, they never intended to establish themselves. After college pulled the two apart, Fernandez and his younger brother Nick set out to establish their own band. When the brothers found the hard hitting drummer Chris Skolsky back in 2001, The West Front was born. For the next eight plus years, there were plenty of late night rehearsals, lead players who came and went, and a countless number of shows played. The band grew up together, and musically the Fernandez brothers grew apart. When Bassist Nick Fernandez left, there was a huge hole to fill. This is where fate stepped in. When the band put up an anonymous ad in 2012, looking for a bassist, it seemed straight out of a movie when Tony Nemati walked through the doors. "We knew after the first song, that we found our guy" (Chris Skolsky) .
The band has spent the last 14 years playing throughout the tri-state, re-working and road testing their songs. They’ve recently started making a name for themselves, while performing live on Monday Morning TV (WFMZ-PA), being featured on 95.9 The WRAT as the Jersey Rock band of the week, shooting their latest music video at The Paramount in Asbury Park, and being shot by legendary rock photographer Mark Weiss, who came out to see the band at the Pony. "It's great to come out and see that people still just enjoy playing music together. They weren't trying to pretend" (Mark Weiss). They’ve also opened up for notable acts such as Fuel, Tantric, John Eddie, Tom Keifer of “Cinderella,” Johnny Gallagher Jr., Switchfoot & Needtobreathe (inside on the Pony stage), Jesse Poland (LACES) from "The Voice", and Matthew Ryan. "We have no plans on stopping anytime soon, because we're doing it for all the right reasons. I think that's the best part of it. It's about the passion for the music we make together, for playing with one another, for bringing countless people together, allowing them to express their talents, and for giving people a song that they can really connect with." (Chris Skolsky).