Single Premiere: “Freak of Nature” by C.R. and the Degenerates
There are a few certain things in this world that just feel right. Kinda like the momma bear’s porridge (and Johnny Cash), they walk the line of being too hot or too cold, strange or familiar, mellow or upbeat. So too does C.R. and the Degenerates new single, “Freak of Nature,” off their upcoming album The World According to C.R., which will be released by Sniffling Indie Kids in January 2018.
Dawn Chorus is Everything You Love About LKFFCT and More
Not that they ever really went away, but LKFFCT is BACK fellow Earthlings, or should I say, RTHLNGS. Yes, your favorite heavy hitting, vowel absent, North Jersey DIY kings have graced indie music lovers yet again with their 3rd full length release. Dawn Chorus is their most eclectic and well-structured album yet and it is exactly what a band’s junior effort should sound like. Developed, mature, and honest, the album beautifully encapsulates everything from the fear of lost love to the peace found in a simple walk down Bloomfield Ave.
Surprise of the Century Releases The Disabled Ableist
New Jersey three-piece Surprise of the Century released the first single off their upcoming eponymous EP with a show at Pianos on October 1. The single, titled “The Disabled Ableist,” was recorded by The Meatlocker’s Dan Rivas and mixed and mastered by Young Legs’ Steven Donohue. The EP will be the band’s first formal release since their demo was released in November of last year.
One of the area’s most active DIY bands, Surprise of the Century has been gracing the stages of The Meatlocker, Clash Bar, and Boontunes for over a year, while frontman Sean Ritz is also known to book one hell of a show on his own. The band is overdue for a proper release, and I’m personally very excited to see what they have lined up for us.
The Carousers Get Rowdy on Their Debut EP
The Carousers’ eponymous EP, released October 6th, starts out hard and never lets up. The trio out of Long Branch, made up of guitarist/singer Joey Affatato, bassist Cassidy Crosby, and drummer Andy Jackle, packs so much energy into these five songs that you won’t need caffeine for days an hour or two, let’s be real.
The Carousers hits you in the face with guitars, accenting harmonies, and wry lyrics about the struggles of love, made all the more vivid by Affatato’s raw delivery. “Another World,” their single released last month, starts out, “Eyes glued to my stupid fucking phone/Waiting for your name but it don’t show,” characteristically mixing self-deprecating humor with heartbreak to convey self-awareness and perspective in the face of romantic frustrations.
A Bird Breaks the Mold with “The Sun and the Moon”
Every time Adam Bird’s new project, A Bird, is mentioned, it is prefaced by the fact that he is formerly the frontman of Those Mockingbirds. (Of course, I’m now guilty of it too.) When A Bird released their first single, “Polluto,” back in June, I thought perhaps Bird would be rid of that preface. With the release of “The Sun and the Moon,” A Bird is making a statement that this is a fresh and original project, not only in respect to Those Mockingbirds, but in respect to the musical landscape as a whole.
Rocky and the Chapter: They’re Not Supposed to Care About Us
You guys, Rocky and the Chapter are back AGAIN with their fourth release since this time last year, “They’re Not Supposed to Care About Us.” These guys are out of control, but that’s great news for the rest of us, since it means we get more kick-ass EPs like this one, released September 29th from Sniffling Indie Kids.
Right away, “Dream It” slams to life, strong and hard on the guitars, the vocals matching their force. Then, a softer side of the EP, “Give” is a bittersweet, melodic track that perfectly demonstrates Rocky and the Chapter’s ability to be vulnerable and powerful at the same time. “What do you say when you’re helpless and the world stands still to wait?” Catanese asks. “It’s taken everything I’ve made as I fall to earth, and try to raise.”