Joining us for Episode 4 of Racket Radio are Neil Sabatino and Adam Bird to try to justify their terrible opinions on Star Wars: The Last Jedi and also chat a bit about some local indie music, their opinions on which I have much more respect for. For those that don’t already know, Neil is the owner of Mint 400 Records as well as the singer and guitarist of the band Fairmont and Adam is the lead singer/songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist/a bunch of other things in his new project A Bird.
Avant garde punk band Shithead’s Rainbow (SHRB) has released a new music video for “Bad,” the first single off their upcoming album Ludlows, scheduled to be released on February 16 on Mint 400 Records. I’m unable to describe this band as well as they describe themselves, so allow me to use their own words, “Bayonne trash, with Jersey City style, and Ridgewood cheese, and Newark Bay broth, served by our toxic sunset.” I don’t know about you, but now I’m fucking hungry. Grab a snack and enjoy the video below.
The Clydes’ newest album, So the Story Goes, released in October by Mint 400 Records, gave me something new to appreciate with every listen. Made up of brothers Brent and Brian Johnson, bassist/keyboardist Andrew Lord Chandler, and Madmardigan on drums, The Clydes offer nine tracks that get better and better the more you listen, just like a fine wine, or so the story goes. Get it?
Throughout this album there’s the impression of sustained floating, particularly in “Broken Boy” and “The Vampire of Hanover,” thanks to keyboards and the killer guitars – present on every track, really. The effect is like taking a drive on a curvy road where you don’t know what’s coming up next, but you’re content to let the road take you.
Mint 400 Records set out to accomplish one thing when it formed in 2007, and that was bringing quality music to the masses. This year finishes up with a re-release of Mint 400’s Christmas Compilation that is sure to satisfy even the Grinchiest of us all. The compilation is a collection of 12 previously released epics that features label veterans such as The One and Nines, Fairmont, The Ashes and label newcomers Les Trois Chaud and The Duke of Norfolk.
On of my biggest pet peeves is when band’s are defined in terms of other bands instead of given the credit for their own individuality and creativity. When you read things like “They sound like Green Day,” it’s usually bull shit because even Green Day doesn’t sound like Green Day anymore, but that’s a conversation for another time. Point being, I was a little ashamed of myself when I listened to Mutual Interest‘s upcoming album Better Than I Expected and immediately thought to myself “holy shit! they sound like The Smiths….sans Morrissey’s pretentiousness.” But so much that made so many people fall in love with The Smiths is present in Mutual Interest, from the jangling post-punk riffs to the melodramatic new wave tones, and if you doubt me, listen for yourself. The premiere of their single “Sunset on a Perfect Day” is streaming below.
Our friend Neil Sabatino of Mint 400 Records has been busy as of late (and honestly well beyond that). The label has some exciting announcements of recent signings, not only confined to New Jersey, but throughout these United States. Check out who’s new below and start getting excited for some upcoming releases!