Blues Lawyer have announced their new album ‘Something Different’ which is expected this November via Mt.St.Mtn. There’s a muted romanticism buried under the caustic veneer of a Blues Lawyer song. The Oakland four-piece, comprised of Elyse Schrock (The World), Rob I. Miller (Mall Walk), Nic Russo (Dick Stusso), and Alejandra Alcala (Preening), began as almost comedic side-project to house some of Miller’s more off-kilter compositions. Now, the band have become a staple of Bay Area lineups, appearing alongside bands like Sheer Mag, Gun Outfit, and Omni.
Hailed as an “instant classic,” their debut album ‘Guess Work‘ helped establish the band as more than an afterthought, with KEXP placing it at #2 on Sonic Reducer’s Top 10 list. On their forthcoming sophomore LP, ‘Something Different,’ the band up the witty lyricism and hooky brevity that made their debut so memorable. Across the album, the band confront late-twenties ennui and modern alienation, the feeling of finally acknowledging the gnawing pit in your stomach, and attempting a peace treaty with uncertainty. On standout It’s Not Up to You, Miller and Schrock sing about on a seemingly inescapable toxic relationship, feeling powerless to extract themselves from it’s grip. From the Start and Miles Away see the band wring emotion from rigid drum machines, looking back on the impermanence of fleeting friendships. On opener Something Different, the band channel their Riot Grrrl influences, even finding space in the minute-and-half run time for a guitar solo from Russo, who makes his presence known through the LP with deceivingly simple and hook-worthy melodies. Watch the video clip for album track It’s Not Up To You via YouTube below.
Blues Lawyer’s brand of minimalist punk could fit equally well on Flying Nun’s catalog of wiry lo-fi, or amongst the understated slacker-pop of Courtney Barnett’s Milk! Records. Recorded with Andrew Oswald in various studios and practice spaces across West Oakland and mastered by Total Control’s Mikey Young, ‘Something Different’.
The vinyl version of the LP is limited to 300 copies, two-colour swirl vinyl, artwork by Nadair Asghari.
Record release party
Fri 11/8 – Oakland, CA – Eli’s w/ Twompsax, Unity, The Umbrellas