Card Reader Wins Interstate Music Awards, Set To Record Upcoming EP w/Nik Bruzzese This Spring

Long Island pop-punkers Card Reader haven’t let their foot off the gas pedal in 2021. The band is buzzing off their recent first-place finish at the Interstate Music Awards. An underground artist competition hosted by Jeff Peterson CEO of Interstate Music (

Card Reader was selected out of hundreds of submissions to be named a finalist. First place earned them $5000 in gift cards and a trip to perform live on the Interstate Music stage in Wisconson later this year.

Winning the contest has been icing on the cake for a band continuing to make strides in the new year. Upcoming releases for this spring include a new music video for “Smiling Ghost” and an acoustic EP set to release on Friday, March 26th. The acoustic EP will contain stripped-down versions of previously released tracks and has been engineered by their very own Matt Sullivan. The band is also scheduled to record their sophomore EP with veteran producer Nik Bruzzese at Gradwell House in Haddon Heights, NJ this April.

Guitarist/vocalist Tom Petito elaborated on Card Reader’s big win and the road ahead. “We’re fired up right now. Starting 2021 off on the right foot is crucial for any band. I think we did just that. We received a big wave of support in this competition and winning it all has been an unreal experience. Our family, friends, & fans had our back in a big way. We’ll use this momentum to help fuel the fire as we prepare to record our new EP in the spring. Nik reached out to us after the contest win and expressed his desire to take our sound to the next level. We couldn’t agree more. It’s our move now and our opportunity to show the music world that Card Reader is for real.”

You can watch a brand new studio mini-documentary on the band’s 2020 ‘Mental Scars’ EP below.

New York Pop-Punks Card Reader To Release New EP In November

This week, we’re introducing a new band you may not have heard of yet. That all changes now with the Pop-Punks; Card Reader!

Card Reader is a pop-punk band from Long Island, NY. A quartet consisting of guitarist/vocalist Tom Petito, drummer Rob Cigliano, guitarist Marc Lambert and bassist/vocalist Matt Sullivan. The group is getting ready to launch their first EP release “Mental Scars” on Tuesday, November 10th. This release follows up their debut single “Familiar Voices” as well as their two other independent releases “True Enemy” and “Sore Eyes” made earlier in 2020.

Card Reader has forged ahead to provide fans with more music in 2020. This time with the added experience and vocal presence from their new bassist Matt Sullivan. They attacked writing their new EP with the goal of reinforcing positivity and pushing the boundaries of their sound. Veteran music industry producers Nik Bruzzese (Man Overboard) and Ace Enders (The Early November) provide a strong boost of confidence behind the release. The self-titled lead off track “Mental Scars” also features a guest vocal appearance by Ryan Beebe of the Philadelphia based band Goalkeeper. An exciting first-time collaboration for both bands.

Card Reader founder Tom Petito elaborated on the process of creating the new EP.

“We didn’t hesitate. We got right back in the studio and challenged ourselves to push the envelope on what we started. This EP is called Mental Scars because everybody has them. We all live with our past mistakes and failures. The difference is how we use them. We wanted to convey a message that inspires using your past as your greatest weapon. It’s not about anyone else but yourself. Create new motivation and hold yourself accountable for your dreams. Most importantly never give up on who you are.”

Stream ‘Metal Scars’ below.

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