Shred Flintstone and Smock have already arrived in Austin, Texas for SXSW, but before they left, Dan Barrecchia, Zach Inkley, and Jesse Benicaso sat down to talk about the festival and their plans to rep the Jersey indie scene. Besides the upcoming tour and festival, we get into some interesting topics of conversation like sending heartfelt DM’s to celebrities on Instagram, chasing tornadoes in Nebraska, Miller High Life sponsorships, Jesse’s future as a magician, why they all hate John Cozz, why they all love Max Rauch, why they all love John Cozz, and living life as an interstellar nobody.
Thank you to everyone that’s been tuning in for the past couple months. The response we’ve gotten to Racket Radio has surpassed everything we had hoped for and we truly appreciate that anyone at all gives a shit. This episode marks the end of Season 1, but we will be back soon with another round of episodes from some more great artists, so stay tuned in and keep an ear out for that.
Last week, at the recently re-opened Meatlocker, the newly formed local super-group Smock arrived on the scene with a riotous set. Sandwiched between established commodity LKFFCT and fellow new-comers Shred Flintstone, it was the highly anticipated first appearance of Smock, comprised of members from Kult of Mary, Whiner, and Sunflower, that brought the crowd out in force.
Hey everyone, welcome back for another episode of N.J. Racket’s Racket Radio Podcast. Joining us for Episode #2 are two are very popular artists and personalities in the New Jersey DIY scene. Max Rauch of LKFFCT and NGHTCRWLRS is not only a great artist and performer in his own right, but is a well respected engineer who has worked with some of the best artists New Jersey has to offer, and John Cozz of John Cozz and the Squirts is everybody’s favorite anti-folk turned pop-punk, amateur filmmaker, crab leg enthusiast. In our episode, Max and Cozz talk about some of their other favorite artists in the scene, irony and sincerity in their songwriting, what their grandmothers think of their music, and how none of us have read Infinite Jest.
About a month ago, the New Jersey indie scene was introduced to Haunt Club, comprised of Anthony Yebra, Stephen Omark, Erik Romero, and Tim Pannella. The band’s debut album, aptly titled Volume One, was jointly released by Sniffling Indie Kids and Beware, Vampire Rats, which had both released works by band members previous projects, dollys and The North American, respectively. Since the album’s release, Haunt Club has been receiving pretty wide acclaim and have shared a stage with some of the scene’s best artists, including Deal Casino, Toy Cars, Smock, Delicate Flowers, and Weakened Friends.
Thanksgiving Eve turned out to be a fitting occasion to have a show featuring six of Northern Jersey’s acclaimed bands – Sunflower, LKFFCT, Whiner, Trü, Smock, and Shred Flintstone, gathering to celebrate Tyler Curtis’ birthday. Though some groups have been around longer than others (scene veterans LKFFCT, for instance, are somewhat of a collective “father figure” at this point), all of these musicians have been supporting each other for years, as well as the whole music scene of the greater Montclair area.