The Racket

Posted October 1, 2009 in Music




Aaron Lee “3 Fingers” (lead vocals, guitar); Joe Dip (bass); Raz (drums, vocals)

The Racket (Swingin’ Dingo Productions, 2009)


Reverend Horton Heat, a nickel in the old Seeburg, The Black Keys, maybe a little Clash and Darby Crash in there, too?


Some bands like to wax poetic about the good ol‘ days—how shows were better, the people were cooler, the music was more interesting. However, The Racket’s good ol‘ days are actually part of the present. In fact, the band just landed its best gig last week at the Pharaoh’s Den in Riverside. 


“It was an all-ages show and the crowd was bouncing off the walls,” recalls an enthused Raz, drummer of the trio. “Riverside is a musical melting pot and we are up to our ears in groovy goodness here—we are proud to be a part of it!”


Musical melting pot could also be ascribed to the goodness generated from the group, which tagged itself “punkabilly blues.”


“It’s a short way of saying that we ‘encapsulate everything in rock since the early 1950s and it rolls off the tongue,” Raz says. “Most Inland Empire bands are a mix of genres and sounds, but The Racket is a unique recipe made up of everything we grew up on. From the music our parents would play on long car trips with the family and the music we picked up during our teen years and now.”


And they’ve had plenty of time to cultivate their sound, as Lee and Raz had played together nearly a decade earlier. The pair crossed paths once again on a Halloween a few years ago and The Racket was born. Since then, the band’s brought its concoction of compositions to many gigs, throwing a good chunk of the shows they perform through their own company, Swingin‘ Dingo Productions. 


“We promote artists of all mediums,” says Raz. “Music, art, film, comedy, photography—these are just a few of the things we dabble in. As for the music end of things, we promote and book local bands, organize benefit shows and showcase fellow starving artists. It’s a non-profit network we created for our friends and ourselves. Anything that comes to us goes directly to our artists. It is our way of giving back to our community.”


The Racket w/Craic Haus, McDaniels, Racing 4 Pinks, Cosmic Creeks at The Ghost Town 2135 Glen Helen Pkwy., San Bernardino, Sat, Oct. 3, 8PM.


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