Formed in 2003 from the ashes of INVASION,
RIGHTEOUS JAMS came together when vocalist Joey
Contrada (ex INVASION/STOP and THINK) met Elgin
James (former WRECKING CREW/454 BIG BLOCK
vocalist) in a thwarted robbery and ensuing street fight.
The two became quick friends and soon were playing
alongside fellow Invasion/Mental members Justin
DeTore and Derek Scace. RJ's blend of old school
hardcore influences such as SSD, BAD BRAINS, BLACK
FLAG and CRO-MAGS and positive, self-affirming lyrics
instantly turned them into a crowd favorite and a
staple of the American hardcore scene.