A Thankful Thanksgiving at the Meatlocker
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.
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.
The Second Annual North Jersey Indie Rock Festival Recap
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.
Exclusive Interview with LKFFCT’s Brian Legentil
For anyone that hasn’t been paying attention, LKFFCT is one of the state’s premier indie bands. For years now, the band has been captivating audiences with some of the most impassioned and energetic performances the underground stage has ever seen. The experimental stoner punk band is preparing to followup their 2016 release, The Flower Investment Pawn, with a new LP, Dawn Chorus, and have just released the first single, “Hatchling.” As expected, people have already been losing their shit over it.
For this interview, I chatted with LKFFCT’s bringer of bass, Brian Legentil about the upcoming release, future tour dates, the upcoming North Jersey Indie Rock Festival, and what he thinks of people who like Aerosmith.
Sniffling Indie Kids Announce North Jersey Indie Rock Fest Lineup
The time has come to announce the first group of bands for The North Jersey Indie Rock Festival set for September 23 at Cathedral Hall in Jersey City. We have already given you the two sponsors for the event, Jonathan LeVine Projects and, your’s truly, N.J. Racket. Now, we present the lineup of bands from, festival co-founder, Sniffling Indie Kids:
A Cinco DeFranco to Remember…If You Can…
A few weeks ago, Frank DeFranco approached me with the opportunity to co-promote a show with his label, Sniffling Indie Kids (SIK), and I couldn’t jump on it fast enough. Not only because the idea of hosting a show sounded cool as shit and was an idea that had been kicked around N.J. Racket HQ for some time, but because I was ecstatic to have the chance to collaborate with a group like SIK, who have made such a big splash in the local community. Max Rauch summed it up pretty well in our interview: “Honest tunes delivered by a label that passionately cares about what it brings to NJ.” Together, we put together a pretty stacked lineup (no point in being modest), featuring LKFFCT, Rosey Bengal, NGHTCRWLRS, and ManDancing; and with the help of another one of our favorites, Mint 400 Records, we locked down Stosh’s as the venue.