Lunch Money Life are a band on the brink of great things. Their debut album, 'Immersion Chamber', was a dark, impulsive beast that the band themselves described as - somewhat prophetically - “apocalypse music”. They are now back with a collection of four songs that makes up their 'Tarmac The Lake' EP, and there is a more playful, lighter feel to the songs than their previous offerings.
That their debut album only came out last year is a bit of a surprise as they have been around, in some form or other, for almost a decade. They have long rehearsed in various churches where Spencer Martin from the band has been organist, and perhaps that backdrop has influenced the grand ideas behind their creativity. Martin is joined in the band by his brother Jack and friends Stewart Hughes, Sean Keating and Luke Mills-Pettigrew.
Previous releases had been stitched together by Danalogue from The Comet Is Coming, but for this EP the band decamped to Ramsgate to record live and four songs in four days makes for a productive week by anyone's standards.
The first single from the EP, 'Human Sacrifice', is propulsive and hypnotic with an industrial air. The ferocious Fever Dream House Arrest follows, and provides a tantalising glimpse of what their live show could offer - the perfect blend of chaos and intensity.
Showing they have a penchant for naming songs, 'Nicolas Cage Please Get In Touch' is probably the best of the lot! The song itself is surprisingly meditative given the erratic nature of the actor. The EP closes with the title track and its darkest moment to round off a perfectly oddball collection of songs.
Ultimately this EP shows Lunch Money Life to be a creative force, and as we look forward to the live show, I hope to not be the only Nicolas in attendance!
Words: Nicolas Graves
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