What do you call a band that has its roots in rock and punk (inspired by Springsteen, the Replacements and the Clash), but has traveled a different path with their awesomely raw bravado? You call that band Lucero. The Memphis collective decided to record their live album in Atlanta over three nights in November and America is about to discover this wicked sextet. Singer/guitarist Ben Nichols helps the band draw comparisons to the Gaslight Anthem with his gritty vocals.
With alt-country and punk rock both viable genres for this band, you can imagine the sounds coming from the speakers. Lucero decided to make Atlanta’s wonderful new Terminal West venue as home base for recording their new live album. Over three nights, the band rocked through numerous numbers, even tolerating some fisticuffs along the way. On the third night, Nichols told the fans, “You guys are a calm group. We had a few fights last night!” Granted, this music is likely to stimulate in its fans a primal aggression that will hopefully only result in stomping, dancing and yelling.
Touring in support of their latest EP release Texas & Tennessee, the band continues their ultra-hot U.S. tour. Check dates here: TOUR and look for the live DVD sometime in 2014.
Athens, Georgia quintet Radiolucent were in fine form opening the show. The self-described “Country/Soul/Southern Rock” band lit it up like the headliner, with many local fans in attendance. Hot off the KISS Kruise III – yes, that KISS – the band continues to tour and play their wicked music to adoring groupies. Look for them on The Rock Boat in Miami in February. You can also pick up their fantastic 2012 release Turn Me On & Turn Me Loose.