The North Jersey Indie Bedrock Anniversary moves to White Eagle Hall in Jersey City for its third abundance on Saturday, Oct. 6, with 17 bands apery a affiliation of the state’s almanac labels, music websites and radio stations.
The anniversary this year encompasses bands from all over the state, with musicians who ambit from bright-faced twentysomethings to veterans whose careers date aback to the ’80s. The calendar includes accustomed names like Asbury Park’s Dentist, Jersey City’s Black Wail, and Glenn Morrow’s Cry for Help from Hoboken, while the music ranges from New Milford garage-rocker Tony Saxon to ambient instrumentals from the Royal Arctic Institute, spazzy cream bedrock from Yawn Mower, blues-rock from the Components, and self-described “stadium rock” from New Brunswick’s Professor Caveman.
The anniversary is appointed to run from 4 to 11 p.m.
Representatives from New Jersey’s music media, including You Don’t Know Jersey, Speak Into My Good Eye, Pop Break, Jersey Indie, and WFDU-FM will acquaint some of the acts and allotment their comments on the accident and New Jersey’s beginning music scene.
The anniversary started two years ago aback two labels, Mint 400 and Sniffling Indie Kids Records, absitively to arise an aggressive advertise for their acts at Jersey City’s Cathedral Hall, a deconsecrated Catholic abbey that airish some logistical problems, including stages on two altered floors.
“I’m aflame about not accepting to run up and bottomward a flight of stairs for a 14 hours; I’m aflame for air conditioning; I’m aflame to not accept to run the complete ourselves,” Frank DeFranco of Sniffling Indie Kids Records said. “I’m aflame to not comedy and aloof adore a lot of abundant bands this year. I’m selfishly best aflame to apprehend the bands on our characterization (LKFFCT, Professor Caveman, Smock, The Vaughns, Secretary Legs) in White Eagle Hall.”
Everyone complex with the accident bidding contentment with the move.
“Most of the bands on our characterization comedy a lot of DIY venues and abode shows and it’s consistently nice to apprehend them with abundant sound,” DeFranco said. “At this event, they’re activity to get that. It’s additionally been a while aback I bent Glazer, and Phil has been architecture some batty accessory afresh (recently bought a bottomward pedal he congenital out of an anxiety alarm radio) that I can’t delay to apprehend live. I’m additionally stoked to see Yawn Mower because I’ve alone bent them already at Stosh’s and it’ll be ailing to see them in a abode like WEH.”
Organizer Neil Sabatino of Mint 400 Records agreed.
“I anticipate the actuality that we’re activity to accumulate anybody in one allowance this year instead of accepting bodies run up and bottomward stairs will accomplish it feel a little fuller than it did at a gigantic amplitude like Cathedral Hall, with the army breach amid two stages,” he said.
At the aboriginal two festivals, ability vendors had booths in Cathedral Hall’s basement alms a array of articles and bandage merchandise.
“We got rid of the vendors because there were so abounding added things activity on at this time of year that we aloof didn’t accept a lot of interest, but I anticipate accepting a able bar and kitchen complex at White Eagle Hall will beggarly a little beneath burden on us,” Sabatino said. “Not that the abbey wasn’t abundant for what we bare those aboriginal two years.”
This year, added labels will be involved, too.
“We were alive on some projects with Rhyme & Reason Records so it fabricated faculty to allure them, and Sniffling Indie Kids has been alive with Accompaniment Champion Records, so we brought them in, and we brought Little Dickman Records aback from aftermost year,” Sabatino said. “I anticipate all-embracing our ambition is to accommodate added and added labels eventually. This year, bristles acquainted added than abundant because we did appetite to do it at White Eagle Hall and they weren’t activity to let us go on for eight or nine hours to do our festival, which is what we had at Cathedral Hall. We had to cut it bottomward to a six-hour thing, so that’s what we did. We were able to ability out to added podcasts and writers and blogs this year, and we able to run some contests to accord abroad tickets, which is new. And one of the blogs is accomplishing a non-partisan aborigine allotment affair at the concert, with a berth area bodies can annals to vote.”
Last year, the anniversary accustomed some criticism because it was so predominantly male. That’s been addressed this year, with added acts that accommodate women. But while greater assortment charcoal a goal, don’t apprehend an arrival of reggae, applesauce or hip-hop artists.
“It all started out as aloof a talking allotment amid Neil and myself and again it became a thing,” DeFranco said. “Then it became a bigger thing. It is alleged the North Jersey Indie Bedrock Anniversary so I would brainstorm we’d apparently accumulate it in the ‘Indie Rock’ spectrum. I alone affectionate of like that it is accurately focused on indie bedrock because it sets a added constant accent and vibe. Not aloof for attendees but alike for the bands themselves.”
The benefits, DeFranco said, extend to added than aloof the audience.
“It’s a abundant befalling for bands to be able to arrangement with added bands that they would logically allotment bills with,” he said. “It’s additionally allurement for bodies to break for beyond chunks of the day. It’s like, here’s a agglomeration of bands that if you like one, allowance are you’re apparently activity to like a lot of the others playing. A lot of it additionally has to do with what bands are alike accessible from the altered labels complex with the festival.”
Organizers are already cerebration ahead.
“Mybe in the approaching we could alike add a baby acoustic stage,” Sabatino said. “I’d adulation to accept added than bristles labels if we could anytime cull it off.”
If you go …
The North Jersey Indie Bedrock Anniversary will booty abode at White Eagle Hall, 337 Newark Ave., Jersey City, on Saturday, Oct. 6. Doors accessible at 4 p.m.; $10. Advance tickets are accessible at Ticketfly.com.
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