Local favorites ManDancing announced earlier this week that they will be rereleasing their debut album Everyone Else on Take This to Heart Records, marking a significant step forward. One of the first bands covered on N.J. Racket, it’s been a privilege to watch the band grow and develop for almost two years now and more so to see the fruits of their labor to finally pay off. In the past few days, I got to catch up with Stephen Gerard and Ben Petty to talk about everything that’s been happening with the band, where they’ve been, and where they’re going.
Last Sunday, The Homeless Gospel Choir played their first of two New Jersey shows with Early Riser and ManDancing at Backroom Studios in Rockaway and the second show will be on Thursday at The Saint in Asbury Park.
I’m writing this review of Jean Pool’s new album, Save the Elephants, and the subsequent album release extravaganza about an hour after leaving the show. I regret that it’s taken me even this long to do it, but I felt that it was urgent to get in the shower as soon as possible to wash away any chance of ringworm. It was hot, humid night in a building with no AC, fans, or open windows, filled with sweaty, moshing punks. It’s that kind of show filth that you don’t notice until after the encore, the lights come on, and you make the transition from Teen Wolf back into a somewhat functional member of society. But, now that I’ve done all I can to mitigate the risk of fungal infections – Jean Pool.
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.
Last week was a rough one for me. I’ve been commuting and working long hours, got my finals coming up, caught a cold, and tried to mix in holiday preparation on top of it all. It was the kind of week where, when Friday comes around, you don’t want to be bothered with any more bullshit – just let go and melt into some good tunes.
ManDancing was having their own problems. They were originally slated to play a different show in New Brunswick, but those plans fell through the day before, leaving them to scramble last-minute to try and find a venue willing to put them on. Of course, they were able to find one, because they’re ManDancing, and they fucking rock.
We are pleased to share these few tracks from our last few weeks, having added even more great local artists to our coverage. You’ll probably love them all…