Lushfarm is a somewhat obscure Baltimore band amongst the art and hardcore scenes, but is also a band that is completely solid in their sense of self according to their upcoming third full length album. Lushfarm brings back everything we love about alternative 90’s bands such as The Smashing Pumpkins and Bush, focusing on intense emotional vocals with a flourishing arrangement of drum beats and electric guitar riffs to accompany.
The upcoming third album by Lushfarm, The Sushi Was A Waste Of Night Time certainly proclaims Lushfarm’s zen in an alternative 90’s rock filtered post punkness. The band’s first album, Dead At 30 is light and a bit theatrical. The second album, Lushfarm (self entitled) is the deep end of the Lushfarm pool with plenty of serious brooding and heavy musical arrangements. The Sushi Was A Waste of Nighttime (TSWAWON) to be released on August 13th, 2013 falls happily right into the sweet spot between the first and second albums and features some impeccably cohesive song writing.
Interestingly, the title of the album comes from a dream that lead singer Craig Taylor had about his brother’s unborn son. You can read the full story on lushfarm.com.
I don’t know how much unborn sons, oceans, and drowning brothers have to do with this album, but never the less it makes for interesting background and an interesting light in which to view this album. Not Just Anybody is the lead track and single on the album. It picks up pretty close to where the self entitled album left off, but holds true to a tighter pop format with a hooky sing-a-long chorus.
Home is a smooth little number with a bouncy bass line and plenty of bold choruses. Lately I is a bit meek and mild in comparison to the other tracks on TSWAWON, but very loveable with it’s stripped down vocals and guitar between angrier more robust segments. Only Son is a personal favorite and a song I swear you could have heard on HFS in 1996 and not found it out of place. Deep rhythmic drum sections change into noisy full on rock assaults with searing vocal accents that deliver abstractly concrete emotion.
Stories and The Giver are transitional songs on the album between Only Son, an archetypical Lushfarm arrangement and Potomico, a softer lo fi college rock exploration. I like the Potomico sonic exploration on this album, but I doubt this song signifies a new direction for Lushfarm because Shelter finishes strong with non stop crackling shouts, sound effects, and edgy tension filled guitar riffs iconic to Lushfarm.
Check out Lushfarm live at their CD Release Party on August 10th with The New Media and Goat at Metro Galley, Baltimore!