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In the early 80’s, after reading a Dylan biography while blaring The Sex Pistols, Lach came to Greenwich Village. He went to Folk City figuring they’d flip over him. They flipped all right: kicking Lach right out onto the street! So did the other folk clubs. It seemed Lach’s form of punk/folk was not at all welcome. Fuck ‘em, he thought, and moved to the Lower East Side, opening his own illegal after-hours club, “The Fort”. The same week Lach opened The Fort, Folk City held the New York Folk Festival, and so, Lach held the first New York Antifolk Festival. Thus, the first wave of Antifolk was born.

A year later the cops finally told our hero to move on. The Fort became a mobile club inhabiting various New York hotspots. Lach’s Antifolk sound became the inspiration for many artists such as Beck, The Moldy Peaches, Jeff Lewis, Hamell On Trial, Michelle Shocked and countless others.

In 1990 Lach put out his debut CD, Contender on Danny Goldberg’s Goldcastle label. The album received rave reviews in the press and considerable radio play but alas, three months later the label folded. Lach moved to San Francisco releasing an EP, Family Values Pack, containing The Hillary Clinton Song which aired on over 600 stations during Bill Clinton’s first campaign.

In 1993 Lach returned to New York and started The Fort up again at The Sidewalk Cafe in the East Village, ushering in a new wave of Antifolk.

In 1997 Lach started his own label, Fortified Records, and released, in conjunction with Shanachie Records, Lach’s Antihoot: Live from the Fort. Fortified subsequently released downtown comedian Rick Shapiro’s Unconditional Love, produced by Lach (1998) and Major Matt Mason USA’s Me, Me, Me (2000)


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  • BlueJohnny42

    Dear Perps- Lach here. First time on and am surprised to see my music here, people selling it etc. No one ever consulted me about that! Very strange. Then to see Vin InSignifacant's complete lies and made up idiot wind about me posted here without the ability to delete it leaves me rather non-plussed with yet another modern site. I'm busy writing new songs, stories, poems and performing so it'll be a while before I can address this. In the meantime, please use to listen to and buy my tracks. And please visit and follow @lachtoday. Thanks all!

    20 Mar 2014 Reply
  • secretjunior

    What a Douche-Lord: "After going to Lach's place and telling him that I thought it would be good idea to cut our loses and each go our own way he...said: "You can't do that...I own your record." "What are you talking about?" I said. "It's written in the contract that the agreement is valid starting on the signing date for the length of the term and "The Term" is defined at 2 years. We're several months past 2 years of the signing date." "I own your record...forever...Sales Period means the time period beginning on the Signing Date and continuing in perpetuity for the Master manufactured during the Term in the Territory." I was kind of dizzy in disbelief. Was this really happening. "Are you really doing this?" Lach looked down at the contract took a breath and said, "Well, of course we could discuss the idea of you buying your record back from me." I said I would give him $50 dollars just to see what he would say. "Oh, I think this is a million dollar album," he said without flinching"

    15 Jul 2010 Reply
  • zackkary

    I love this. The only Antifolk I know besides Jaymay. Love it.

    9 Mar 2009 Reply
  • netclectic

    Lach here. Sorry for the impersonal nature of this email but time is of the essence. My new album The Calm Before has been entered into the Grammy Nominations as follows: Category 69 – Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album 122. The Calm Before – Lach Quite frankly, I am up against artists with very major label pushes and politics behind them. Being a small one-man operation the most I can do is to ask you to please pass this email on to your list. You never know who just may be a voting member. Anyone can Click Here to listen to the entire album for free. Hopefully, after listening, some people out there will vote for my work and we can have some fun. As Joe Biden said, "This may be the most important vote you will ever cast." Cheers- Lach

    22 Oct 2008 Reply

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