After seeing Little Red Lung play The Mint a few years ago, and as well as obsessively playing their self-titled EP religiously, it was inevitable they would become one of my all time favorite band.
When Zoe-Ruth Erwin (vocals), Ali Nikou (guitarist), Rob Hume (bassist) and John Broeckel (drums) come together, you instantly become aware they’re not your typical pop band. Each song has a certain flair that separates them from the masses and you realize not only are they talented musicians but true artists.
For the last few months Little Red Lung have been leaving hints of new music on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Each snippet would fill my musical heart with so much joy!
And now the wait is over.
To sum it mildly, ‘Beware‘ is simply captivating, soulful and hauntingly beautiful. Imagine the passion of Tori Amos with the mix of Florence Welch’s vocal range you have Zoe-Ruth Erwin. My biggest problem with Beware was trying to figure out my favorite song. Granted radio friendly songs like Porcupine Sheet and Get On The Boat were great but I wanted to find that song that spoke to me.
And then it hit me there was one song in particular I would play constantly…..Bell Tower.
And it was clear Bell Towers is the best song on the album. As a collective whole the band creates this majestic haunting sound that seems to elevate Zoe’s voice. And vocally this is the strongest song…..its powerful yet soft. Some singers would lose too much control and exaggerate certain notes. I find its Erwin’s control that takes you to the very edge but Zoe brings you back.
The fourth song on the album, Dead Weight was originally my favorite followed by Civilian Tiger. This album has been on repeat while I work and when I get home to relax.
A new album means we get more live shows! I cannot wait to see Little Red Lung again because they put on a great show and I always leave with a smile on my face.