Album Review – Boston band The Luxury – “Bones and Beaten Heart”
Boston-based band The Luxury are celebrating their 10th anniversary together as a group. And they have quite a bit to celebrate. First, any band that can stay together as an entity for a decade, dealing with several changes in lineup and a brief hiatus and yet can still deliver a powerful and tight performance speaks volumes about the music delivered on stage and in the studio. The current lineup of The Luxury is fronted by its founding member, frontman/guitarist Jason Dunn, (formerly of The Halogens), and also consists of keyboardist Steven Borek, bassist Matt Diekmann and drummer Mark McGettrick.
Throughout these past ten years, The Luxury had released two prior albums (2007’s “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things” and 2009’s “In The Wake Of What Won’t Change”), shared the stage with Wheat, Your Vegas, Coldplay, Ra Ra Riot, etc., broke the CMJ Top 200, and won the 2009 WBCN Rock n’ Roll Rumble (whose past winners include ‘Til Tuesday, The Sheila Divine, Bleu, and The Dresden Dolls).
The Luxury is back with their third album (and the first in 5 years), “Bones and Beaten Heart” a conglomerate of 14 songs with essences of Keane, U2, Pink Floyd, The Killers and Muse, with a layer of Duran Duran-ish synthesizer provided by Borek. Jason Dunn says the album’s name references a “psychological timeline” and listening to the third track “Static and Vertigo” explains more on that.
On the album, along with Borek’s synth musings, Diekmann and McGettrick deliver a tight and busy rhythm section to the group. Although “Bones and Beaten Heart” is heavily interlaced with synth, Dunn’s vocal and guitar skills add greatly to the songs as well.
From one melodic wave to the next (with no pause as one song immediately segues into the other), the album opens after a slight synth intro into the upbeat “In Lieu of Goodbye”, the driving fun of “Static and Vertigo”, the trippy groove of “Ring Around The Ghost”, and the atmospheric vocal layerings of “This House”. The listener gets to catch their breath for a brief moment as the laid-back McCartney-synth driven “Losing My Time On You” enters the fray before transitioning over to the ethereal “For You Only”.
“Bones and Beaten Heart”‘s back half continues with the medium-tempo guitar-synth trade-off of “Sleep Through Summer”, a brief interlude with “Moment of Clarity” quickly morphing into the up-tempo percussive beat of “Why Don’t You Cry Anymore”. The album continues with “All I Ever Do Is Win”, the straightforward pop groove of “Season of Perfection”, the hard driving rocker “You Crazy Thing” ( before ending with the Keane-influenced song featured in the video in this review, “Nobody With You” (the video is a live performance of the song).
“Bones and Beaten Heart” drops officially on February 16th (look for it on their official site, with a big record release party slated for February 13th at Cuisine En Locale in Somerville MA (get tickets here) where they’ll be playing the new album in its entirety along with openers Z*L, Vary Lumar and Shadwell. They’ll be following the release party with a heavy tour throughout the Northeast (Pianos in NYC on February 20th, and at the Monkey House in Winooski VT on February 21st for starters) so pay close attention to their official site for more shows to come.
My recommendation? Get your ass out there and pick up a copy of “Bones and Beaten Heart” as soon as humanly possible (check out their official site www.theluxuryband.com, at Newbury Comics, iTunes, etc). If you’ve been living under a rock and weren’t familiar with The Luxury beforehand, you will be after February 16th..and then you’ll be wondering how in the hell you ever got along without them in the first place.
And also do yourself a favor and follow The Luxury by:
- Connecting with them on Facebook
- Following them on Twitter
- Checking out their music on their Bandcamp site
And get your Lux on!
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