...we've got the means to make amends. I am lost, I'm no guide, but I'm by your side. (Pearl Jam, Leash)

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

I can get us out of here tonight

A friend of mine told me I should check out the new song from Memphis alt-country rockers Lucero over at Muzzle of Bees, and it has just made my musical month.

This is an advance track from Lucero's upcoming September release Rebels, Rogues, and Sworn Brothers, and I will have a hard time waiting until then to hear the rest of this album. Not to shortchange Lucero with endless comparisons, but to me it's like the best signatures of a young, urgent Springsteen written all over this song. When Ben Nichols sings "I can get us out of here tonight," it's that same burning twinge that Springsteen makes you feel in your soul that makes you want to throw caution to the wind, roll down the windows, and take off on the interstate.

I Can Get Us Out Of Here Tonight - Lucero

Gritty rock-guitar riffs pair with a thumping drumbeat that wildly echoes your own on that first date, with vocals that capture that manic raspy quality of Westerberg. While it doesn't exactly compare with the poetic perfection & richness, the lyrical imagery echoes some of my favorite Springsteen creations like the dancing across the porch of "Thunder Road," all the madness in my soul of "Born to Run." There's a sweetly-named girl (Jenny, Wendy, Mary, irrelevant), a fast car, and a need to escape.

Listen at 3:41 when the electric guitar cuts out, leaving just the sweetly nostalgic piano and these lyrics:

"Jenny lights her cigarette, wonders how she got in this mess
Saturday night, wrong side of town

Set em up, knock em down
Well come on babe, don't look so sad

You know it ain't half that bad . . ."

The way he sings it, I am in love. "Don't look back, don't hesitate. The car's outside, we can't wait. . . I can get us out of here tonight." Let's go. The night's busting open, these two lanes will take us anywhere.



At July 11, 2006 6:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I figured I'd come over and leave the response to your comment on your blog... but yes... I was quite happy to see a new song from Lucero. I have to say it doesn't initially ensnare me quite like preivous songs have, but I still anxiously await to hear the whole album.

Thanks for dropping in on kissatlanta.com. Can we be blogger friends?! = )

aim = prestoncrg

At July 12, 2006 7:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heather, great review of the song. I love how you broke down the lyrics towards the end of the song. I'm sure you will dig the rest of the album.

At July 12, 2006 9:48 AM, Blogger c said...

heather - the way you break down the unique parts of songs is one of my fave things about your posts.

i like everything i hear from lucero but i haven't fallen in love with any of their songs yet. i'm in like with them, though ;) i think they have a lot of similarity to marah in their sound.

At July 12, 2006 11:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Heather...I read and enjoy your blog all the time, so thought I'd leave a message!

I've heard of Lucero a lot, but this is the first I've HEARD them. Does that make sense? ha!

Anyway, I enjoyed it. Thans for sharing.

At July 25, 2006 4:48 PM, Blogger Steve said...

You don't have to wait until 9/25 - the new album is actually available for digital download now at the band's website. Love me this internet stuff.


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