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Friends, Romans, Countrymen

FRIENDS, ROMANS, COUNTRYMEN were a Jersey City based rock band that formed in 1990 when founding members Sean Adams and Dan Murphy met at St. Peter’s Prep. After various members rotated in and out over the course of 10 years, Brian Musikoff joined ranks on bass in 1995, thus completing the band’s longest lasting line-up. FRC was most active until 2001, at which time families and careers largely took away from band time. During their heyday FRC played with greats such as Pavement, Sunny Day Real Estate, Dead Milkmen, Doughboys, Garden Variety, Shirk Circus, and American Standard.

Dromedary reissued their last CD, I Am Spartacus, in 2010.

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Glazer

Long-time participants of the famed New Brunswick basement scene, Glazer emerged in early 2014. After solidifying their line-up in 2016, Glazer began developing new material, and recorded a four-song EP titled Repeat Sequence, self-releasing it on tape. Since then, the band has continued to develop their disjointed, frenzied composition style, paired with their pensive lyrical content. 2017 saw the release of On a Prairie, Live in the Dirt, their first full length, on Screaming Females’ Mike Abbate’s (and partner’s) imprint State Champion Records, followed by a split 7″ with Spowder, on the same label.

Kayla Greet of Razorcake says: “Dare I say there’s a little Dino Jr. and Sonic Youth mixing in with layered My Bloody Valentine guitar effects. For how all over the place this record is, once you make it to the end you can fully see the through line they built into these songs. It’s really a neat and tightly packed gift, but assembled with heavy, psychedelic, and out of control elements.”

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Joy Cleaner

After playing in numerous indie rock and punk bands together dating back to 2009 with varying degrees of artistic success, guitarist Joey Degroot and bassist Kyle Wilkerson formed Joy Cleaner in 2015. The duo viewed the band almost as a challenge to themselves to take a more mature, accessible and deliberate approach to songwriting. Recruiting Cary Billemeyer on drums, Joy Cleaner began performing live in early 2016 and were immediately praised for their full embrace of pop songwriting while still retaining a scrappy alternative edge, with many favorably comparing their sound to such bands as Teenage Fanclub, Guided By Voices or The Lemonheads.

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Karyn Kuhl Band

Kayn Kuhl first received national acclaim for her early bands Gut Bank and Sexpod, growing out of the vibrant Hoboken music scene and the legendary club Maxwell’s. (“Gut Bank’s The Dark Ages) is one exceptional debut album.” -Robert Palmer, _New York Times). With her current group, Karyn rocks more commandingly than ever before.

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The Mommyheads

“The Mommyheads are a true indie rock national treasure.
-Fun Fun Fun

The Mommyheads (Adam Elk, Dan Fisherman, Jason McNair, Michael Holt, and Jackie Simons) are an indie-pop band formed in Brooklyn in 1987 by Adam Cohen (now Adam Elk). They developed a cult following across North America through extensive touring in the 1990’s. They broke up in 1998 after being signed and later dropped by Geffen Records. They reformed in 2008. They’ve released ten albums.

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Night Court

Striking a wild balance between embracing the spirit of inspiration and abandoning the strictures of inhibition, Night Court is set loose to draw new/glue repurposed maps over the post/pop/punk/lo-fi rock landscape. Wanting to travel light, the band decided to write only good songs with no unnecessary weight, leaving concentrated grooves of distorted/indelible catchiness in their wake. Where’d they find that sound? It gets me so excited.

Vancouver indie punk/garage pop band Night Court was born during the great lockdown of 2020 from lifelong friends Jiffy and Dave-O and quickly grew into 30 songs, 26 of which became their debut duology Nervous Birds! One and Too, and later compiled in a one cassette ‘Greatest Hits’ compilation on Spain’s Discos Peroquébien. Once Emil Taylor completed the power trio on drums in 2021, the band spent the next year playing locally, touring Canada and the US, and recording their third full length album -and first to be pressed on vinyl- HUMANS! – released June 9th on Debt Offensive Records in Canada and Snappy Little Numbers in the US.

Following the release of HUMANS! the band teamed up with New York indie Dromedary Records for the release of the Frater Set EP, a loosely Halloween-themed collection of short and speedy pop songs.

With a lo-if DIY approach to their recordings, Frater Set continues the band’s love affair with loud, messy, beautiful songs that are not likely to overstay their welcome. The album’s 5 songs- coming in under 8 minutes- were recorded at Magic Hour, the converted “studio” that Jiffy and Dave-O built in Jiffy’s garage. With a wide pool of influences and rave reviews- “loose and crazy indie punk-pop with solid drive and inventive style” (The Big Takeover), “kind of indie rock-ish at times, catchy yet dripping, with feedback in all the right places.” (Razorcake)- Night Court’s energetic live performances have earned them gigs supporting everyone from hometown punk progenitors Pointed Sticks to Welsh post-hardcore noise enthusiasts Mclusky. Currently booking dates in Canada and the US, Night Court demands attention, but long attention spans are not required.