COMING SOON : LEFT LANE CRUISER’S new album “Claw Machine Wizard”
Indiana’s trash-blues outfit is back with an album of high-energy R&B. “Claw Machine Wizard” is a return to the band’s two man format, and features corky barn burners like “Claw Machine Wizard” and “Booga Chaka”, alongside punked out blues numbers such as “Burn Em Brew” and “High Maintenance”. The album even includes a soul/reggae-influenced ballad titled “Lay Down”, showing that the boys can step out of their comfort zone.
Headed by slide guitar extraordinaire Freddy J IV, and backed by drumming machine Pete Dio, Left Lane Cruiser has been making records for over a decade, and along with their music being featured in many hit television series such as Banshee, Breaking Bad, and Nashville, they have been receiving critical acclaim across the globe.
It’s so rare to hear music these days that’s actually transgressive, in-your-face, and unapologetic. You know, just like the blues used to be. – AMERICANA SHOW
Left Lane Cruiser can deliver quality as quantity. – THE BLUES
Blues as attitude more than ritual. – ROCK & RAP CONFIDENTIAL
Sporting’ a ass pocket of infectious odes to sex, weed, and booze. – TORONTO SUN
Holder is the kind of player that careens around the edges of his busted blues sound to the point of distinction. His quavering electric slide guitar work and forceful acoustic blues reverence both hit the proverbial mark and while there are sonic familiarities to past masters he plays outside of mere imitation. – Jeff Monk / EYEPLUG MAGAZINE
Without throwing any accusations of “authenticity” around, it really seems like coming from the American South gives Green a more natural feel for R&B, gospel and the blues, allowing him to fold his pan-seared shout into the Makeshifters’ hard-rocking crash without having to scream to be heard.
“I’ve got no one but myself to blame!” he shouts during the titanic “My Black Name,” the song most likely to be his “Jumping Jack Flash.” That lack of sentimentality gives Let It Slide the conviction to put it in a different category than the usual flash blues slop. – REVIEWS HERE
The retro milieu in which Leg works is part of his swampy mystique, and it works to his advantage as his growling vocals and dazzling organ and electric piano work coalesce in thick slabs of analog glory. Again, this is part of what drew fans to him in the first place, but the new tones he introduces here also provide the two biggest album highlights. From the start, “St. Michel Shuffle” feels different, setting Leg’s fierce growls against an odd, throbbing organ backdrop, brightly tinkling piano, and a robust gypsy-classical string arrangement. It’s dynamic, unique, and easily the most striking track on the album. – LISTEN TO SLACKER RADIO HERE
Straight ahead, blues based, hurting songs, played by a very talented group. But then, that is what happens when you pay your dues. Green has been playing clubs in his native Birmingham, Alabama for over 15 years before landing a record deal and the time he and his band put in shows. The band is tight and know their way around a rocking good tune. – READ THE REVIEW HERE
While a strong grasp of classic hooks and memorable melodies remain, this musical coming together is an altogether hairier beast. On Hairy Mountain the band lovingly channel the meatier sonic spectrum of the late 60’s and early 70’s, with cult Aussie bands such as Buffalo and The Coloured Balls springing to mind across the album’s 10 tracks. – READ THE REVIEW HERE