Swampy New Jersey Slop Pop

“Childhood, Adolescence, Failure.” A collection of EP’s from Montclair, New Jersey’s Lake Effect. A slew of songs originally written for a full length album seemed better suited as 3 individual statements. The songs on “Childhood” bounce along with a playful exuberance combining sentiments of wonder & nostalgia. “Childhood” ends in a ghostly recollection of losing one’s innocence, a logical segue into the angst filled, hormonal world of adolescence. Teenage themes are explored on “Adolescence” in an abstract swirl of sexual emptiness, & depersonalization. “Failure” captures a feeling that is all too familiar amongst American millennials. Its lyrics probe the often futile attempts at trying to establish oneself as an adult during an economic downturn. The trilogy of recordings end on the bittersweet realization that failure may also be one’s greatest achievement.


Today, The Batcave has reached a new level. I am extremely humbled and excited that all of these great things are happening. For this I must thank every single band that has played, no matter how big or small, my house mates for not just dealing with the nonsense that goes behind running the shows but all the music they have had to endure through their floors, and honestly, above all else - all of you who come out to support the bands and the space. I have never experienced so many positive attitudes coming together in a single space. It is an absolute pleasure to be among all of you every night. Pick up today’s copy of the Montclair Times and see what Montclair’s amazing and supportive community has to say about The Batcave. Today is a victory, not just for us at The Batcave and not just for all of us who have worked so hard to make this place what it is, but a victory for music. Check out appearances by Gifts,PinegroveLake Effect, and The Best of the Worst!!!!!

And remember, Support Local Music, Change The World.

childhood, adolescence, failure…

childhood, adolescence, failure…

how man lulz can video have?!

"Don’t adjust your television, this is not a test.Your nervous system suffers over-saturated glands.Sorting information through a magnifying lens, this operation never ends.
You can’t afford to play along, the sharpest tooth in the table saw Surrender your intelligence in obsolete arrest. Your function was intended to evolve and understand. Fortune loses favor with the atrophy of man. This operation never ends. The enemy is myself
I conjure and create like a wishing wellEvery penny’s got a story to tell.I emptied all my pockets on a failed attempt to see….


POZ Showcase: Lake Effect



Just one listen to Lake Effect’s EP Genuine Bonds will have you lost in a reverb-induced daze (in a good way). The New Jersey quarter’s dreamy lo-fi indie tracks are reminiscent of the 90s trademark alt rock. The lyrics of “I Like U” (“You say I smell like shit/and I probably do”) may be filled with melancholy, but there’s nothing sad about downloading the three tracks of Genuine Bonds for free on Lake Effect’s bandcamp.

For Fans Of: Pavement, Weezer, The Replacements
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by Ashley Aron

Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Keith Williams - Guitar/Vocals
Max Rauch - Guitar/Vocals
Brian Legentil - Bass
Ryan Baredes - Drums
What’s your hometown (or what are your hometowns)?
Montclair, New Jersey.
How did the band come together? How long has it been?
The band came together after our previous band (Washington Square Park) broke up in early 2012. We decided to start this band about a year ago.
How have you grown since you started?
Well originally, Lake Effect was just a project and not much of a band. Keith and I (Max) would get together after work almost every day to record stuff. The sound of our first recordings was more electronic, and a bit more experimental. After fiddling with that kind of sound for a while we got the urge to go back to a more rock oriented sound as heard on our latest EP.
What sets you apart from other bands?
We genuinely like each other!
What’s the best part about being in your band?
Meeting up to practice and write twice a week after going through the motions of everyday life. It is awesome to have a space where we can do that. To us, that’s all we need.

More times than not, influences tend to bleed through. What bands are currently inspiring the music that you’re making?
Its hard to pinpoint any influences before the songs are done but if we each had to pick an artist that it would be The Replacements, Pavement, Pearl Jam and The Pixies. We all bring different elements to the writing process so it comes out as this weird hybrid music baby.

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