The Lush - Lost in Between
Record Label: None
Release Date: December 2007
The Lush might not be played on your local rock radio station, but they definitely should be. The quartet from St. Louis, Missouri demonstrate a tight bond sonically with the familiar whiff of emo-rock on their debut EP Lost In Between. No matter how hard and aggressive The Lush play, they make every song sound like it was meant to be a heartfelt rock ballad. The guitar hooks of Alex Wilkinson are romantically bowed making brilliant archways over the melodic bedrock as lead singer Jeremy Tripp displays a voicing reflective of The Maine’s John O’Callaghan. Bassist Andrew Dunn and drummer Gabriel Wilkinson vary their throngs of rhythmic strokes from cindering massively to glistening gently. There is so much in The Lush’s content that it is nearly impossible to turn away from these tracks. The band make everything sound so good.
The Lush congeal their melodic lines beautifully through the rock ballad “Circles,” with lyrics that make crisp judgments about human nature, “We find ourselves contented / We simply breathe until we stop / Not noticing our lives are lost / It's easy to see what hope can do / But only if you want it to / Me, I'm just a little short of what makes your perfect heart burn/ We'll break this chain if we carry on and on and on.” They never cease being a cohesive team as their song “The Good Die Alone” is saddled with nu-metal wares, emo-rock provisions and power punk fringes that light up the track with revved up rhythms and buckets of power chords. The pristine hue of the chord flints in “Fake It Till You Make It” and “Taken With Empathy” are electrifying and erupt into volcanic slides as the rhythmic bolts fork into the running phrases with a concrete fist. The Lush vary their tempos from strolling softly to rushing furiously as the guitar patterns produce ringlets of flames that filter around Tripp’s vocals. Their song “The Dissonance Between Us” tubes both tempo styles, starting off with a gentle opus that segues into raging floods and vocals that ride the torrential waves as skillfully as pro-boogie boarders on the ocean surf. Tripp fetches the swells and isobars like surfers and rides through the undulating lows and highs with fearless surges of energy.
The Lush may only have an EP out now, but it is enough to incite interest in their music. The band’s handling of power chords is done with pro maneuvers and a concrete footing. Their playing is tight and laudable, even to pros in the industry. You definitely get your money’s worth purchasing Lost In Between. Hopefully The Lush will not stop here.