N.J. Racket is thrilled to present the second installment of the North Jersey Indie Rock Festival Lineup Announcement. Last week, we released the full lineup of artists from festival co-founder, Sniffling Indie Kids, which consisted of Adam and the Plants, Delicate Flowers, LKFFCT, Quality Living, Rocky and the Chapter, Shred Flintstone, and Spowder. Now, we present the lineup from the remaining festival co-founder, Mint 400 Records.
On May 30, Kult of Mary released their second EP Mighty Fine, and if you’ll excuse me for making the lazy joke, the EP is, in fact, might fine. This is Kult of Mary’s second release on Mint 400 Records, following the 2016 release Double Dope. Might Fine is a four song EP that clocks in under ten minutes, but just like you were taught in your high school health class, it’s the quality, not quantity that really matters.
Kult of Mary excels in delivering “no bullshit rock n roll.” This album sounds like the best parts of 1977 and 1991 in all the best possible ways. It’s that kind of classic, low-fi punk fused with low, ripping thrash. Back to the roots in its purest form; grimy, dark, and muddled with a straight, hard, and fast delivery. Save the glitz and glamor. Fuck your feelings. Kult of Mary doesn’t have time for any of it.
Last Saturday, John Cozz hosted a release show for his new album, Salt, Pepper, Ketchup, in the basement of the Underground Skate Shop in Newark. The show featured an impressive lineup, paintings on display from local artists, homemade Taylor ham, egg, and cheese sandwiches, and well over a hundred people packed into the basement. I’ve previously written a review for Salt, Pepper, Ketchup in which I praised John for his D.I.Y. attitude and all of the hard work he put into creating this album. It was really great to see him get the payoff he deserved with this show, so first and foremost, congratulations, John.