Album reviews are at times difficult to write for a number of different reasons. One reason is that when music is good, it tends to not be so easily defined or explained. Shitty music is derivative of something else and can be summed up by saying its shoegaze, or pop-punk, or metal, or better yet, it sounds like The Smiths or “is influenced by” Radiohead. Of course, that’s a diminutive point of view that good, truly original music cannot be lumped in with. Another instance is when a piece of music transcends being just music and instead represents something larger than itself. The bad news for me is that both of these things are true for LKFFCT‘s latest EP, Cayenne, released back in April. The good news for you is that its got some fucking bangers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.