Meet the Mint 400 Records Freshman Class of Fall 2017
Our friend Neil Sabatino of Mint 400 Records has been busy as of late (and honestly well beyond that). The label has some exciting announcements of recent signings, not only confined to New Jersey, but throughout these United States. Check out who’s new below and start getting excited for some upcoming releases!
J.K. Lago are So Good, So Far
J.K. Lago released their first, eponymous EP back in February of this year, and it is a killer debut from the trio out of Hamilton Township. After listening to it, I couldn’t nail down the exact genre – which I mean in the best possible way. Part surf, part blues, part funk, J.K. Lago carefully plucks out the best bits of so many different types of music and combines them to deliver this chill, varied EP filled with surprises.
As their first single suggests, J.K. Lago is so good, so far.
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.
Underlined Passages Talk About Tandi My Dicafi
The rock n roll duo of Mike Nestor and Jamaal Turner, known as Underlined Passages, released a new album, Tandi My Dicafi, on Mint 400 Records last month and have been gigging across the north east to promote it. Luckily for me (and by association for you), I was able to catch up with Mike on during their shows in Pittsburgh and Brooklyn and talk to them about the album and everything that’s lead them to this point in their careers. See what he has to say, give Tandi My Dicafi a spin, and make a point to catch them on November 17 at The Grape Room in Philly.
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.