Fresh off experimenting in hip-hop in 2018, New Jersey singer-songwriter Matty Carlock is paving the way for his genre-splicing solo debut The Jailbirds with another new track. “The Punks That Had Enough” pairs Matty with Mercy Union and The Scandals frontman Jared Hart in an ode to their NY/NJ hardcore roots, and is debuting today via New Noise Magazine. The upcoming album, out February 8, also features collaborations with cult favorite Jesse Malin and another surprising guest: celebrity photographer Danny Clinch, in his first musical foray.
Matty Carlock has long been maintaining parallel (and now, overlapping) presences in hip-hop, hardcore, and Americana; the multi-faceted, former behind-the-scenes writer and producer for upcoming rappers Albee Al and Bulletproof Belv and onetime frontman of Shai Hulud now pays homage to his roots with a rock-centric approach on this release. Calling to mind the down-to-earth and inspiring urgency of hometown hero Bruce Springsteen, The Jailbirds takes expectations and turns them on their heads. Matty Carlock’s musical career may seem like a bit of everything, but what ties it all together is the undeniable passion behind the songs.