Quit your day job.
What are the pros and cons? How long have you been there? How hard would your life be if you left it? Would you be afraid? Terrified as you approached that last day? Or would you step out onto that sidewalk the first moment you’re free from it, take out a deep breath, stare at the glassy dusk of the street and say, “Thank God”? What do you think?
Brooklyn based duo Lushes have thought about it and Lushes are confused too. Don’t you worry. They’re not looking for an answer. They have an album for you, though – Service Industry – out October 16, 2015.
The album 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.
Opener “Low Hanging Fruit” captures the feeling of hypnotic desire for empty instant gratification, with its angular guitar riffs and softly menacing bass line. “Rub Your Eyes” is an atmospheric and gorgeous meditation on breaking routine, finding peace and determination in finally answering hard life questions you’ve been avoiding for years.
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.
Lushes – Service Industry (LP/CD/MP3)
01. Low Hanging Fruit
04. Rub Your Eyes
05. You Only Have
09. Grey Tiles
10. Shed Weight
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