It’s always exciting when a new band prepares their first formal release, but it’s more exciting when the band is comprised of local scene veterans starting from scratch. You don’t know exactly what to expect, other than expecting it to be good. Such is the case of Ragged Lines.
Originally started as the duo of Carter Henry and Lucas Dalakian, Ragged Lines announced their arrival in the fall of 2016 with the release of a self-titled demo. Now, a few weeks short of a year later, and with the addition of Matt Viani on drums, Ragged Lines looks forward to releasing their debut EP, Red Lights, Your Ghost, with the help of engineer/producer Erik Romero. Today, we are fortunate enough to be able to premiere that EP’s first single, “Rut.”
There was a pretty special show hosted at The Edge Mansion in New Brunswick on January 19. I’ve been meaning to write about it for over a week now, but since January 20 I keep feeling overcome by fear, hopelessness, and impending doom, but so is life following the inauguration of the small-handed Tangerine Tyrant. I didn’t intend to ever get political on this site, but it’s been vaguely unavoidable in the past ten or so days. Still, few things can inspire such feelings of freedom and strength as good, honest music. Just like Woody Guthrie taught us, “This Machine Kills Fascists.”
The Edge Mansion has the perfect setup for a basement venue. The main stage area is pretty large and wide open, dimly lit with rows of Christmas lights. There’s the long hallway when you first go down the stairs which gives the artists a great space to set up their merch. You can pack in right up front and dance around face to face with your favorite bands, or hang back if you’re trying to have a more chill night. Sure, occasionally a monitor might cut out during a set, but that’s part of the D.I.Y. charm that you grow to love when you start indulging in this scene.