The Launch of Record Crates United Presents

We’re thrilled to say we held Record Crates United’s first ever event yesterday, and it couldn’t have gone any better.

Held in my backyard as a partial belated housewarming party and test run for our equipment and surroundings, our little DIY show was a mellow but spirited occasion.

We invited a couple of New Jersey bands, Camino Sound and Heavy Flow, to plug in and jam, and damn, did they ever.

Camino Sound warded off the ever threatening rain with their sunny blend of post rock, surf and psychedelia. Oozy dub and kosmische jazz melted into cosmic funk grooves while the grey clouds began to part overhead.

Camino Sound

Then came Garwood natives, Heavy Flow, who threatened to tear down our newly purchased home with their thunderous blues rawk. This uniquely powerful guitar and drum duo ripped through fierce originals and blistering covers (which includes a rousing Bill Withers rendition and the most chooglin’ version of “Good Times Roll” that has probably ever been performed).

Not many acts can mix hardcore energy with soulful vocals and slamming blues licks, but then again, most acts aren’t like Heavy Flow.

Everyone involved loved these groups, and I’m sure so will all of you. Please check them out and give them a follow. Buy their music when you can!

The vibes were so warm and positive and the weather worked with us so surprisingly well, it was a magical day. Here’s hoping we can have many others just like it in the near future.

Stay tuned.

Published by Record Crates United

Keith Hadad, the creator and manager of RCU, has been a contributing writer to Elmore Magazine and Thewaster.com and maintains a regular column, “Keith Hadad’s Choice,” in Blicker magazine. His writing has also appeared in the Smithsonian Folkways' Guest Blog and the Optical Sounds Fanzine. Also, please check out the blog's super-active Instagram account, @recordcratesunited for daily blurb-styled music reviews.

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