PREMIERE: Lushes, “Traffic”

Felte continues to expand its roster past the darker side of the record store aisle—The Tower of Light, Eraas, Standish/Carlyon—with the Brooklyn-based duo Lushes. First heard on a gear-shifting ballad (“Harsh”) and a sludge-slathered march towards the sun (“Dead Girls”), frontman James Adery and drummer Joel Myers keep the left turns coming on “Traffic.” A mission statement in some ways, it’s the first song they wrote together, 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?

“I want people to think, ‘Wait, this is loud and guitar-heavy one minute, but the next song opens with backwards piano loops’,” explains Adery. “I want them to feel like they’re constantly being caught off-guard.”

That sounds about right. Look for the rest of What I Am Doing on March 4th; the band is also playing an early release show in Brooklyn next Monday with Excepter and Zs. They’ll tour the rest of the country next month, starting with a Greensburg, PA, stop on March 5th…

Lushes tour dates:
2/24 Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right #
3/5 Greensburg, PA – DV8 Bar & Gallery
3/6 Cincinnati, OH – The Comet
3/7 Louisville, KY – Astro Black Records
3/10 Murray, KY – Terrapin Station
3/11 Little Rock, AR – The Main Squeeze
3/12 Austin, TX – Beerland
3/13 Austin, TX – The Liberty
3/14 Austin, TX – Hole In The Wall (Exploding In Sound Showcase)
3/15 Houston, TX – House of Creeps
3/16 Oklahoma City, OK – Blue Note Lounge
3/17 Kansas City, MO – Record Bar
3/18 Lawrence, KS – Eighth Street Tap Room
3/21 Carbondale, IL – The Swamp
3/24 Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle
3/26 Columbus, OH – Double Happiness
3/27 Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox

# with Excepter, Zs