A welcome return from the gold normal of Texan Southern roots rock bands with their first album in eight years.
AUK’s Rick Bayles referred to as Uncle Lucius “considered one of Texas’ best” in 2021, hoping that they might return sooner or later. How proper he was on each counts. Their reunion, with new members bassist Drew Scherger and guitarist Doug Strahan becoming a member of Mike Carpenter, Josh Greco, Kevin Galloway, and Jon Grossman, was a number of the happiest music information this 12 months. (I’m not crying; you’re crying).
Uncle Lucius launched 4 studio albums between their formation in 2002 and their breakup in 2018, however garnered their largest hit after they broke up (‘Hold The Wolves Away’). This surprising viral hit, which was in every single place after its inclusion on the present ‘Yellowstone,’ was a consideration when the band mentioned reforming. Galloway, who launched two superb solo albums within the interim, says, “There’s a brand new perspective that comes with stepping away from one thing for some time, then coming again to it. You may see it with new eyes.”
‘Like It’s The Last One Left’ was recorded at EAR Studios in Austin, the place the band recorded ‘Choose Your Head Up.’ There continues to be the backwoods cool, and the mix of sleazy East Texas blues, outlaw nation, psychedelic rock, and a contact of Muscle Shoals grooves briefly relocated to The Massive Pink, however by some means every thing is best this time.
The first monitor ‘Hold Singing Alongside’ begins off instantly letting everybody know that it’s above all else, an enormous get together. There may be contemplative moments outdoors the get together home with a smoke (‘I’m Joyful’), and possibly some heavy existential discussions within the kitchen (‘Hint My Soul’), however the revelry doesn’t cease for lengthy.
The stand-alone tracks for Spotify and radio solely inform a part of the story. Uncle Lucius are amongst Texas’ iconic artists, and Austin followers have felt slightly protecting of them. The band have been spokesmen of types for the unique native Austin scene, in a single case gently mocking the prosperous LA carpetbaggers described in ‘All The Angelenos.’
Galloway recorded the telephone demo for the manic stomp ‘Civilized Anxiousness’ on the Lightnin’ Hopkins statue in Crockett, Texas. With heart-palpitation drums, it captures the ambiance of making an attempt to only get round in an overcrowded metropolis with nightmarish site visitors and wanting to flee to the woods.
‘Tuscaloosa Rain’ is a stupendous strings-soaked monitor, due to Tosca String Quartet, with harmonies from vocal duo US. Together with ‘Coronary heart Over Thoughts,’ it might make an awesome over-the-top Vegas reside quantity. US additionally seem on ‘Holy Curler,’ a gospel jam that highlights the band’s spectacular musicianship.
Southern rocker ‘Hint My Soul’ is a tackle the sentiment of ‘Let It Be’, letting issues go, and a continuation of that sentiment from ‘I’m Joyful’ (“let the world spin the way it’s gonna spin”). “Let it sing the music it’s gonna sing / Let that pendulum swing the way in which it’s gonna swing / Let it’s a pure factor / Let my tragedy give solution to comedy / ‘trigger that shit’s humorous.”
‘Like It’s The Last One Left’ is in contrast to any Uncle Lucius albums that got here earlier than it. They might nicely have outdone their earlier, already improbable, physique of labor.