On November 6, 2015, funk jamband Lettuce will release their fourth studio album, Crush, via Lettuce Records.
Band members featured on the album include guitarists Adam Smirnoff and Eric Krasno, bassist Erick "Jesus" Coomes, drummer Adam Deitch, keyboardist Neal Evans, saxophonist Ryan Zoidis, and trumpet players Eric Bloom and Rashawn Ross. Crush was produced by the band, and recorded and mixed by Joel Hamilton in Brooklyn, New York's Studio G.
On Lettuce's official website, Coomes shared some words about the album:
We’ve all noticed that our music goes into a lot of different directions onstage, and we wanted to capture that in a way that we never really have before. It’s definitely more wide-open in terms style, but it still stays true to the funk.
The fifteen track album spans just under an hour, and is guaranteed to impress you with its varied styles of Afrobeat, funk, soul, and rock, with grooving rhythms and hip hop inspired beats. There's blazing guitar solos combined with horns and organ in "Chief," while "Phyllis" has an old-school, smokey jazz vibe to it that comfortably flows in and out of psychedelic consciousness.
Krasno also shared some insight about the album's varied styles:
More so than any of the records we’ve done before, this album is very much about the improvised grooves and improvised solos Instead of going at it like, "Here’s a melody, now here’s a guitar solo, here’s another melody, here’s a sax solo," everyone’s leaning on each other in a way that’s completely unspoken. It’s all of us moving as one unit and creating this new sound together.
If you want to be the DJ at a party, throw on "Sounds Like A Party" and watch the dance floor light up. "Trillogy" is seven solid minutes of spacey grooves underneath electronic flourishes with horns sprinkled in. High energy drumming fuel a retro "Pocket Change," and Alecia Chakour steps in as a guest vocalist to deliver a soulful approach on Bobbie Gentry's 1970 song "He Made A Woman Out Of Me."
There's an abundance of energy on Crush, and never a dull moment. Every song has its own distinct personality, which helps to keep the album sounding fresh and invigorating. You might be asking yourself, "But do Lettuce bring this same amount of energy to their live shows?" As someone who's seen them a few times, I can confidently tell you YES!
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