Hot Off Their Kurt Vile Support Tour, Lushes Play Free London headline show at the Shacklewell Arms
Mon 7 December – London, UK @ Shacklewell Arms – from 8pm
For Free Ticket Sign-up here: http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/PYI0712
Having replaced Waxahatchee as support for Kurt Vile this month, Lushes‘ first trip to Europe was an epic experience, highlighted by exhaustive travel, skittle bombs, Buckfast shots, late nights and some pretty incredible performances. They’re back in London to play their own headline show at The Shacklewell Arms on Monday 7 December. Don’t miss it!
Lushes‘ new album, aptly titled Service Industry, came out last month via felte and is a rollercoaster through the maze of modern living. It was recorded and mixed by Sonic Youth’s long time engineer Aaron Mullan at Echo Canyon, during a period of intense money, work and life stress.
The sound also came out of the tension between the duo – with singer/guitarist James Ardery having grown up listening to punk and rap, and drummer Joel Myers raised on classical music. But the tension comes into balance with every song, ejecting the band’s music from the cultural hype machine out onto our daily lives.
First single and opener “Low Hanging Fruit” captures the feeling of hypnotic desire for empty instant gratification, with its angular guitar riffs and softly menacing bass line.
With their second album’s first single, Lushes suggested you just quit. But with “Circus,” featuring a manic sax solo from Zs frontman Sam Hillmer, we dive into the emotional space we all deal with – but rarely admit in public.
Service Industry extends the tensions begun with Lushes’ debut album, What Am I Doing. In their first album, the themes of anxiety were often held back in pursuit of serene moments, brief escapes from our mundane lives. With Service Industry, Lushes give you something more raw, more guitar-and-drum driven, more primal.
The album throws a wrench in things. It stands as a map of a crisis, a bleak and gorgeous snapshot of our world, and a question: why continue living like we do?
You can order Service Industry felte’s webstore.
Video for “Circus”
“… taller and louder than the 2014 debut in every way.” – Tiny Mix Tapes
“We were just about to give up on today when this brilliant Lushes track (“Circus”) snapped us out of it…” – London in Stereo
“Alternately soothing and jarring, floaty and frenetic, it’s a rewarding set of music that instantly communicates its appeal yet reveals new wrinkles with each subsequent listen.” – Stereogum
“The verse and chorus offer violent stylistic shifts from one another, with Lushes jumping between classic stoner rock and British post-punk a la Gang of Four or Wire.” – Ad Hoc on “Dead Girls”
“… a head-on collision of howling guitars, sucker-punched percussion patterns and a closing remark driven by groove-locked chords and an unresolved chorus swiped from an opera record. Maybe?” – Self-Titled
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