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Lach (rhymes with "snatch"[1] ) is a musician associated with the anti-folk movement.[2] Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was trained as a classical pianist from an early age only to abandon it upon hearing The Sex Pistols, The Jam and The Clash for the first time. Realizing he was a songwriter, Lach backtracked and explored the roots, relishing the works of Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and Woody Guthrie. It is claimed that he was outcast by the folk establishment for his liking of punk.[3] In the early 80's Lach went to Greenwich Village's Folk City but soon had to move 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, so, Lach held the first New York Antifolk Festival. He came to prominence in 1988 with the Tompkins Square Park Riot.[3]

Lach tours rarely and has released only six albums over twenty years.


  • Contender (1991) - 3/5 on AllMusic[4]
  • Blang! (1999)
  • Kids Fly Free (2001)
  • Today (2004) - "a gem of an album"[5]
  • The Calm Before (2008) - 3/5 on AllMusic[6]
  • Ramshackle Heart (2011) - 3/5 in The List[7]


  1. ^ Kihn, Martin (12 Sep 1994). "A Scene is Made". New York Magazine: 69–70. 
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. "Biography: Lach". Allmusic. Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Ahearn, Charlie (Sep 1990). "Anti-Hero". Spin: 16. 
  4. ^ "Lach - Contender". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Turner, Catherine. "Lach - Today". Music OMH. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Raggett, Ned. "The Calm Before - Lach". All Music. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  7. ^ Pollock, David (13 June 2011). "Lach Ramshackle Heart". The List (Edinburgh/Glasgow). 

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