American Alt-Country-Punk quintet release come back single ahead of new album
Sounding somewhere between the Rolling Stones-Gimme Shelter, The Hold Steady-Chips Ahoy! and Bruce Springsteen-Badlands, Memphis based Lucero’s new single Can’t You Hear Them Howl? is as bombastic as it is catchy. Ben Nichols’ guttural drawl cuts through the clean guitars and punchy horns like a knife through jalapeño mustard!
Since starting in the late 1990’s Lucero have made a name for themselves by releasing music that can’t be classified as one set genre, but borrows from a host of their loves. However their back catalogue can be split between country ballads, in that beautifully classic sad vein, rapid punkier numbers and full on Soul drenched horn doused belters. Can’t You Hear Them Howl? is somewhere between all three. Lyrically Nichols is pondering life, the universe and everything, while his gravelly vocals wouldn’t be out of place on a Rancid album, yet the horns bring everything back to Memphis’ deep soul traditions, Stax Records in particular. In fact their music has been described as “synthesis of soul, rock, and country that is distinctly Memphisian”. This pretty much sums them up.
In a recent interview Nichols stated “I think the main influence when it comes down to it, the songs at their core, are heavily influenced by classic rock. So basically, we’re a wannabe classic rock band.” If that statement and this comeback track are anything to go by their new album All A Man Should Do, released on ATO Records later this year, should be classic Lucero!