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Left Lane Cruiser Claw Machine Wizard

Left Lane Cruiser

Claw Machine Wizard

Alive Naturalsound Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Indiana based duo Left Lane Cruiser released their seventh studio album for Alive Naturalsound Records, Claw Machine Wizard, a few days ago, the latest full length follows on from their last album of new material, 2015’s Dirty Spliff Blues and their 2016 compilation, Beck In Black, and it sees the band return to being a duo, as opposed to the expanded line up that featured on their last full length of new material.

The title track kicks things off with a punked up blues number that boasts an infectious amped up distorted blues riff, and from this point in you’re in for a trip that has it’s origins in delta blues, but crucially it takes in additional influences along the way, there are elements of psyche and garage in the mix that are combined with a raw punk attitude to the delivery. Tracks such as Booga Chaka are closer to their blues origins whilst Still Rollin’ and Lately bring a touch of rock swagger to proceedings. But it’s not all swagger and boogie, Indigenous ushers in a sinister element, whilst Liquor Store closes Claw Machine Wizard in a suitably smoky and bourbon drenched manner.

Claw Machine Wizard is an album that will appeal to Left Lane Cruiser‘s established fanbase, and to those who have an appreciation for the bands that populate the roster of labels such as Abattoir Blues Records, their return to the stripped down approach that has been present on the majority of the albums is one that will be welcomed. Whilst there are moments on the album that don’t quite hit the mark this is largely an album that’s born of the blues and is delivered in a down and dirty manner, and the occasional misfire aside this is a another solid album from Left Lane Cruiser.

You can pre-order the limited edition starburst vinyl edition of Claw Machine Wizard here

Left Lane Cruiser Release ‘Claw Machine Wizard’ Album Today

Left Lane Cruiser Claw Machine WizardLeft Lane Cruiser have released their new album, Claw Machine Wizard, today on limited edition vinyl, CD, digital and streaming formats via Alive Naturalsound Records, the art on the album sleeve is a nod towards MC5’s Back In The USA and Dr. Feelgood‘s Down By The Jetty.

The limited edition starburst vinyl edition of Claw Machine Wizard can be ordered here

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Left Lane Cruiser To Release ‘Claw Machine Wizard’ Album

Left Lane Cruiser Claw Machine WizardLeft Lane Cruiser have announced the release of their next studio album, Claw Machine Wizard, their seventh for Alive Naturalsound Records. The new album is due to be released on the 19th May 2017, the band are currently on tour in the US and have now released the track Still Rollin’ from their latest full length for streaming.

You can stream the track Still Rollin’ from Claw Machine Wizard here

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Left Lane Cruiser Release Stream of ‘Booga Chaka’

Left Lane Cruiser Claw Machine WizardLeft Lane Cruiser have announced the release of their next studio album, Claw Machine Wizard, their seventh for Alive Naturalsound Records. The new album is due to be released on the 19th May 2017, the band are currently on tour in the US and have now released a second track from their latest full length for streaming.

You can stream the track Booga Chaka from Claw Machine Wizard here

Left Lane Cruiser‘s US tour dates can be viewed below Read More…

Left Lane Cruiser Announce Release Of ‘Claw Machine Wizard’ LP

Left Lane Cruiser Claw Machine WizardLeft Lane Cruiser have announced the release of their next studio album, Claw Machine Wizard, their seventh for Alive Naturalsound Records. The new album is due to be released on the 19th May 2017, the band are currently on tour in the US and have now released the title track from their latest full length for streaming.

You can stream the title track from Claw Machine Wizard here

Left Lane Cruiser‘s US tour dates can be viewed below Read More…

Left Lane Cruiser BIB

Left Lane Cruiser

Beck In Black

Alive Naturalsound Records
By

Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

The trashed-out punk blues duo Left Lane Cruiser have now been around for more than a decade, they are comprised of Freddy J IV on vocals and slide guitar and Pete Dio on drums. They were formed in Fort Wayne, Indiana, or Hades depending on who you ask, Left Lane Cruiser play a trashy mix of blues, punk and bluegrass that reeks of intoxification, they have previously recorded tracks with titles like Dirty Spliff Blues, sadly that song isn’t included on this collection, but you can practically smell the smoke and bourbon that has doubtless informed this album.

Left Lane Cruiser bandI have noticed the blues punk scene has been gaining momentum on both sides of the Atlantic and Left Lane Cruiser are one the pioneers of this burgeoning movement. There’s a good chance you will have unknowingly heard their music before now, it has featured in many hit television series, including Banshee, Breaking Bad, and Nashville. Beck In Black is a collection of songs from Left Lane Cruiser‘s first albums for Alive Naturalsound Records. It was originally released in spring 2016 as an exclusive Metallic Gold Vinyl pressing for Record Store Day, and will now be available on July 8th 2016 on CD and digital formats for the first time, alongside their earlier material there are an additional six previously unreleased songs.

The album opens with one of the new tracks, a mean and moody cover of Hoyt Axton‘s The Pusher, it is followed by my favourite track from the collection, The Circus, this is a swirling dervish of blues punk that is deeply addictive and features some exquisite slide guitar work. The album has a distinct bluegrass feel throughout but it is merged with garage and punk influences that are incorporated seamlessly into the mix to make a truly unique sound that anyone who enjoys the trashy side of garage and punk should investigate.

The download of Beck In Black can be ordered from the usual sources and the CD can be ordered here

Left Lane Cruiser To Release Beck In Black On July 8th

Left Lane Cruiser BIBTrashed-out punk blues duo Left Lane Cruiser has been making records for over a decade, and along with their music being featured in many hit television series such as Banshee, Breaking Bad, and Nashville, they have been receiving critical acclaim. They have toured relentlessly over the years, sharing the stage with artists such as Robert Balfour, T Model Ford, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Bob Log III and many others. Beck In Black is a collection of songs from Left Lane Cruiser‘s first albums for Alive. It was originally released this spring as an exclusive Metallic Gold Vinyl pressing for Record Store Day, and will now be available on July 8th on CD and digital formats for the first time, with an additional six previously unreleased songs, including an awesome cover of Hoyt Axton‘s classic The Pusher.
 

You can pre-order the download from iTunes and the vinyl can be ordered here