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Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 4:38 PM (PST) by Johnny X
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 10:58 AM (PST) by jaystone
In spite of his busy schedule cramming for his upcoming debut tour as a member of Street Dogs, Boston punk scene veteran Lenny Lashley recently found time to play a record release show in support of his stellar solo debut, Illuminator (see our review here). The night featured a few false starts (to be expected given that it was this incarnation of Lashley’s Gang Of One project actually performing together) and Lashley himself complained about his voice being shot, though that didn’t seem to bother the hot, sweaty, capacity crowd upstairs at the legendary Central Square club The Middle East.
Also on the bill were Boston punks Scrapes, Mung (yes…holy crap…MUNG!) and the evening’s headliners, Have Nots. Apologies to the latter band as we turned into pumpkins prior to their set, though you can check out Fat City Magazine’s shots here. Anyway, click here to check out out photos. While you’re at it, here’s our recent sit-down with Lashley.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 4:28 PM (PST) by jaystone
The name Lenny Lashley has been synonymous with the Boston punk scene for as long as I can remember. Okay, so perhaps I ripped this sentiment from my recent interview with the man himself, but the fact remains the same. In spite of his veteran status, Illuminator (jointly released on June 25th via Pirates Press and Panic State Records), marks Lashley’s solo full-length debut. Though rooted in the hard-working, DIY ethos that his hometown is known for, Lashley’s career-to-date has been fairly diverse, whether through his better-known blue collar punk days in Darkbuster or the alt-country twang of his Lenny And The Piss Poor Boys project. Illuminator is certainly no different, as it finds Lashley taking a page, or perhaps an entire chapter, from the Joe Strummer playbook.
Illuminator is an autobiographical collection of songs that deal primarily with the time period since he suffered a mental breakdown while on a European tour in the waning Darkbuster days. Little has been said publicly about the breakdown, but Illuminator seems to serve as Lashley’s way of exorcising those, and other, demons from the past. While the subject matter, and thus the tone, might be more serious than some of Lashley’s previous work, it is still run through the filter, and the sense of humor, or a working-class Boston born and bred punk rocker. The opening trio of songs, “Kingston,” “Hooligans,” and “White Man” are of the balanced, mid-tempo, melody-driven rock variety that Strummer perfected later in his career, most notably on the posthumous released Streetcore album.
It’s an all-too-common trap for half-assed review writers, among whom I’m admittedly the half-assiest, to refer to songwriters as wearing their hearts on their proverbial sleeves. And yet, one can’t help but identify and appreciate the amount of honesty that Lashley puts into ripping the skeletons, and their are many, from his own closet. Lashley changes the feel up pretty drastically on down-tempo tracks like “Happily,” “Anti Christ Mass Song,” and “Heavens Gate,” each song more heart-wrenching than the one before. Album closer “Recovering,” however, is the shortest and arguably the punk-rockinest tune on the album, and it finds Lashley seemingly achieving equal parts acceptance of his past faults and a proud sort comfort in his own skin.
If this writer has one bone to pick with Lashley and Illuminator, it’s that the album is too damned short. From start to all-too-early finish, the melodies catch you pretty quickly. Several times I was left with the sensation of having a song get stuck in my head before it had reached the halfway mark, only to be shoved aside by the next song in the queue. However, Lashley’s also got a brand new career as axe man in Street Dogs to study up for, so I suppose we can cut him a pass.
If you haven’t done it already, check out our recent interview with Lenny here.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 11:44 AM (PST) by jaystone
Lenny Lashley has been synonymous with the Boston punk scene for as long as this writer can remember. So when it was initially announced that the former Darkbuster frontman would take be taking over for Tobe Bean in the Street Dogs, it seemed, while potentially volatile, it could be a match made in heaven. But hey, it’s Boston punk rock, what else would you expect?
I had the privilege of catching up with Lenny outside a local coffee shop on what was the first sunny day Boston had seen in about two weeks. We talked about his upcoming solo full-length debut, the decision to join Street Dogs, the recent passing of Torr Skoog, and the state of the Boston punk scene. Click here to check it out.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 3:45 PM (PST) by jaystone
Boston punk veteran (and newest Street Dog) Lenny Lashley has announced pre-order options for his solo debut, “Illuminator.” Pirates Press and Panic State Records are teaming up for the vinyl release (issued under his Lenny Lashley’s Gang of One moniker), and each will have two exclusive color options available. Click here to see them all in their gold-themed beauty.
Interested to hear Lashley’s new album before its June 25th release date? Click here to stream the whole thing. And keep it tuned to Dying Scene for more with Lenny in the (hopefully) near future.