The very real story of a very fake band
Infernal Racket, the very real band (that I made up), is releasing some albums this year. The husband and wife duo's sound comes from using nontraditional instruments like a leaky faucet or a washing machine. They were predicted to be a breakout act that was until absurdity struck.
"Wheelie/Deathray" debut single
For their first single "Wheelie/Deathray" Infernal Racket sampled Kenmore's" 28133 5.3 cu. ft. Top-Load Washer with Exclusive Triple Action Impeller ®". Infernal Racket didn't get legal permission to sample the "28133 5.3 cu. ft. Top-Load Washer with Exclusive Triple Action Impeller ®". Kenmore takes their intellectual property very seriously and sued Infernal Racket. Taking "Wheelie / Deathray" off shelves of record stores everywhere and into their trash cans.
Due to the ongoing lawsuit Infernal Racket wasn't "legally allowed" to record their next E.P. "Cheap Trax". As a result the band promoted the album through cryptic posts on their social media. This way they could only advertise to their true fans and do it for free. Secret messages, written in the font "Bookshelf Symbol 7", were posted on their Instagram and could be decoded to reveal coordinates of places you could buy the album, lyrics to new songs and non-sequitur's like "this one means nothing."
To raise money for their upcoming trial with Kenmore “Cheap Trax” was recorded with a shoestring budget. To cut costs they used objects only from the dollar store and recorded on a tape recorder. The budget for the EP was $10 the same price they sold it for. “That album was very cathartic” said Kath. “We were so pissed about the lawsuit. We were just destroying everything we bought to get our anger out.”
Full Length LP promotion
The judge ruled in favor of Kenmore and that Infernal Racket would have to become Kenmore's official band. As a result they must only perform at Kenmore corporate events and be limited to Phil Collins covers.The only way they could record anymore music was if they weren't the primary musicians in the recording they asked their fans through their social accounts to send in their own "instruments" and sounds to make music with thus burying their names in the 500+ credit list for the album.
"Deluxe Noiseless" LP
Finally after a tumultuous year Infernal Racket released their full length debut "Deluxe Noiseless" which was universally panned. This caused Kenmore to drop the group. "We don't want to be associated with a band Spin considers 'simultaneously sophomoric and pretensions.'" said a Kenmore exec. What's next for Infernal Racket, who just became parents this November. Jon say's "A break. Then maybe we'll do an album that just samples the weird noises our daughter makes."