OLD FRIENDS (LOVITT RECORDS)
The sound of this record is one thats come only with age and experience, after thousands of miles have been logged in cramped touring vans.
Theyre following a path that many punks seem to follow as the years go on; the need for quiet, the need for space, for reflection and introspection, but the same amount of need for honesty, passion and expression.
These feelings get put into something tangible in an old farmhouse near a far out Washington D.C.
suburb, where PYGMY LUSH live, write and practice, tucked away. Theyve tried to carve out a niche of solace in the middle of endless sameness, a place where they can stand.
A lot of the songs are about friendships and connection, unsurprisingly. The things that bind us together through the years, and the things that split us apart.
On the title track, vocalist Chris Taylor makes a declaration to his community. "Ill make a promise to all my friends/Ill never leave this world without you...the end isnt distance/its just a place to stay." What is life when youve found your world, your purpose for it all? What is left? Anyone with two eyes and a brain might love reading through the lyric sheet for Taylors humorous and heartbreaking honesty.
"Chewing on trash, fluorescent blues/Dont eat the food/Dont even move" All these elements combine to make a somber and introspective piece of music that defies any genre labels.
PYGMY LUSH is the kind of band that brings people together, leaving any room unspeakably silent after they play.
Keep this one around for being inside, when it eventually starts getting chilly again, or even when the unbearable heat of summer sends you seeking refuge indoors.
Youre gonna need it.