Luke Henderiks wears a lot of hats.
Bus Buddies and Loser Year are a couple of his more notable projects, but Henderiks is connected with so many others that those within his inner circle of punks and freak-folk auteurs have offered to host them all at an event that would be dubbed Lukefest…and their bid has only partially been in jest.
With so much on one plate, it took this penman by surprise when Henderiks announced his latest recording project Teenage Halloween, a Folk-Punk three piece featuring Aidan Gramarosso (Loser Year) and Alex Ball (The Snüs, The Boring Twenties).
Built on a foundation of youthful angst and driven by a quest to shape their creative community into one of acceptance and equality, Teenage Halloween is different animal for Henderiks than any past project he’s fronted.
“Teenage Halloween is basically is an outlet for me to let out my anger towards the government, social standards and my own life,” Henderiks said. “This is different than any other band I’ve ever been in. Teenage Halloween is finally one where I can focus on my perspectives on different subjects. It’s one where I can finally write serious lyrics, instead of the fun energy Bus Buddies operated with, or the sarcastic tone of Loser Year’s music.”
Save for a pair of charming demos – “Comic Book Love Song” and “Airport Song” – Teenage Halloween has no recorded music to offer…However, that hasn’t stopped the outfit from landing a show with Canadian Punks PUP on November 9th at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken (more info here).
That said, according to Henderiks, Teenage Halloween is in the midst of recording its debut album with Hot Blood bass-plucker and recording engineer Christopher Schaeffer, and is reported to be working closely with Asbury Park’s premiere independent imprint Little Dickman Records on this forthcoming collection, which is slated for a spring release.
As an early Halloween treat, stream and download Teenage Halloween’s two tracks below and stay tuned for more on this burgeoning Asbury Park-based outfit.