On September 23, Sniffling Indie Kids and Mint 400 Records hosted the Second Annual North Jersey Indie Rock Festival at Cathedral Hall in Jersey City, featuring twenty-four bands across five different local record labels. N.J. Racket was fortunate enough to sponsor the event alongside the world-renowned Jonathan LeVine Projects.
As I had been looking forward to this event for months, it is hard for me to really explain what that day was like and how the experience was to me on a personal level. I got to work closely with Sniffling Indie Kids and Mint 400 while they planned the event, and while my personal involvement was minimal, witnessing the level of effort and dedication they put into lifting this event to its full potential and to create a space and atmosphere that was positive, safe, inclusive, and (most of all) fun was truly inspiring. Before we o any further, I want to take a moment here at the beginning to say thank you to everyone that participated in the event, from the festival planners, performers, promoters, vendors, and audience members. These types of things cannot exist without everyone’s passion and participation.
One of the bands I am genuinely the most excited to be seeing at the Second Annual North Jersey Indie Rock Festival this coming Saturday is Fruit & Flowers, a Brooklyn-based band who released their debut EP, Drug Tax, earlier in the summer on Little Dickman Records. Fruit & Flowers brings a really unique surfy, experimental, noise-punk sound that is truly unlike anything else I’ve ever heard, while still expertly crafting infectiously catchy tunes.
I was absolutely thrilled to be able to speak with the band’s two guitarists, Ana Becker and Lyzi Wakefield, ahead of the indie fest about Drug Tax, touring, Little Dickman, their Audiotree performance, Twin Peaks, the importance of DIY, and Ancient Greek mythology. Check out what they had to say and be sure to come check out Fruit & Flowers, along with the other twenty-three mega-talented bands, September 23 at the North Jersey Indie Rock Fest at Cathedral Hall in Jersey City.