Lucero-Women and Work
First album I got to listen to this month was the new Lucero album entitled Women and Work. The title fits the album. Lucero are five hard-working-hard-drinking fellas from Memphis. They have kept the horn section like the previous album and pounded out another one for us to put in before we crack the first Grain Belt Premium on Friday night. These guys are great live—think of the Replacements slower songs, sang by a guy that sounds like he has smoked three packs a days for years. Great album, and great way to start the month, by the best alt country band around.
Second album was Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball. I’m a huge Boss fan. The River is my favorite album ever, so I’m biased when it comes to Bruce, but I’ll at least admit the last two records were garbage. But the Boss is back! And he’s pissed at everyone on Capitol Hill and Wall Street too. Wrecking Ball is his most eclectic effort to date. If you haven’t seen him and Jimmy Fallon’s skit when Jimmy is Neil Young, and he and Bruce team up for a spoof on one of those awful LMFAO songs, you’ve missed out.
I save the best for last. By way of Rise Records, the English band Sharks dropped their first proper full-length album No Gods last week. These guys bring me back to high school when punk stood for something, when I was entrenched in the Gillman Scene. The Sharks have picked up were The Clash left off. I’m not saying they are the next Clash, but they have that same relentless DIY work ethic. Every time I go on Facebook they are promoting shows, and T-shirts, and stuff. The lead singer/guitarist James Mattock seems like a great guy—at least from interviews I’ve seen—and they have taken the long path; having been a band for five years, but only putting out a few EPs overseas. Who knows, I could be paying for their grandmothers nursing home bills, but I don’t care because No Gods is the best album I’ve heard all year! The first single “Arcane Effigies” is breaking out all over the Internet, and they have just finished up their second tour in the past two years, with a little band you may have heard of called Social Distortion. These guys remind me a lot of early Green Day and the Buzzcocks—the album has rich vocal harmonies. Of the three albums I talked about here today, No Gods is a must have. I should note; Rise Records, known mostly for hardcore and screamo, or whatever kids are calling it these days, decided to branch out with this release. They are also putting out the new Bouncing Souls album Comet in June, and one of my most anticipated, Hot Water Music Exister in May.
Okay WTH? Ohio State is like the T-Wolves, blink and now their up by ten. Hope everyone has a great weekend. (We did. -Ed.) Go Big Blue! I got you winning all of my brackets. (Bummer. -Ed.) Next month: Joyce Manor review. Also, crossing my fingers that I will get a phone interview with Kasey Anderson—an alt/country artist from Portland—to talk about his shows at SXSW. Speaking of SXSW music festival go to this link and check out Hot Water Music’s set from The Rolling Stone Rock Room showcase. They debuted a new song called “Drag My Body” about twelve minutes in, and its bone chilling. Chuck Ragan—solo, or with the band—is one of the best songwriters of this generation.
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