The Dingees have been talking about record a new record for a couple of months. All merchandise the band has sold as gone directly to the recording of this record. Well earlier today Ethan Luck posted the photo below with the caption “18 years later, you’re tracking drums for your old band’s new project.” So tracking for the new Dingees record is underway!
I’m a huge fan of Ethan Luck. He’s played on records I absolutely love and his solo material is always interesting an fantastic. I loved his last ep and wished I had given it a spin before I had put together my Best of 2015 list. Luckily, Luck gave me a change to make him a part of the 2016 list.
Luck’s Record Store Day diital 45″ features two of my favorite tracks from Luck yet! I’ve been waiting to hear more of Luck’s punk roots come out and on this 2 song single, they shine!
Both One Tracked Mind and Control are an ode to the influence of Social Distortion. Punk attitude, rock and roll vibes. It’s an emotion I haven’t heard from Luck’s solo efforts the last 3-4 years, and I love it. I’ve always known Luck as a punk at heart and finally, his solo efforts showcases those roots.
These are my two favorite tracks from Luck to date. 5 out of 5 Stars!
Ethan Luck has announced that his new EP will be available on December 8th on all digital outlets. December 8th will also be the day when pre-orders for the vinyl version of the record will be available. The vinyl version should be out in March 2016. You can listen to the EP’s first single, Coming Out Alive, below.
Ethan Luck’s been busy. In between all his work on the road as a tech for Kings of Leon, Luck has found a way to pretty steadily release a stream of EPs. Following Wounds & Fears and Greetings From the Garage (Luck’s cover EP), Luck has released Hard Seas, an EP of songs about his struggle with anxiety. (You can read about the EP here)
As much as I’ve enjoyed Luck’s work up to this point, Hard Seas is my favorite of the three EPs. Less on the country western vibe (although it’s still there) and more on the punk/Social Distortion vibe.
The opening track, At Least I’m Yours, is an upbeat punk influenced tune with a positive spin. It’s Luck feeling grateful for his wife (possibly God, who knows). That in the midst of chaos and anxiety, he has a rock that’s standing beside him. It’s a great track. Can’t Sleep Sound is more biting and bitter in tone. A mix of punk fury, country twang, and some spanish guitar flair, all mixed with Luck sounding more pained than I’ve ever heard him sing before. When I Let You Down is the true country song on the album. Acoustic guitar with the driving country rhythm on the snare drum creating a classic country sound. The intro to Crooks and Kings is a little weird, as it sounds like Luck is having trouble picking up the rhythm of the guitar strum for the song, but by the time the verse hits, the song is beautiful. Just a great ballad. Very Social D. Set Free is almost this cry for help. The desire to put the anxiety and pain behind him. A sense of hurt and pain but you can feel hope in the chorus.
Another great EP from Ethan Luck. I’m sure this won’t be the last.
You can download Hard Seas at http://ethanluck.bandcamp.com/album/hard-seas
At one point Ethan Luck announced that he was working on a ska/reggae record, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from Wounds & Fears. Luck has done it all. Punk, ska, metal, rock. Luck’s even had a country western band that performs metal covers. So Wounds & Fears could’ve contained any number of things.
Wounds & Fears is a pretty impressive country western record. Where Bret Detar has leaned toward the americana side of country and Mike Herrera is playing punk influenced country, Luck has delivered a true country western record. It’s classic sounding and well done.
A Bullet For the General has tons of western influence but it’s a great surf rock instrumental intro. My Only Home is a tried and true country song. Everything feels like there’s a slight rockabilly influence but there’s no denying that Luck can write country western songs.
Wounds & Fears is an extremely enjoyable record, even if you’re not a fan of country. It’s good to hear an artist step away from his comfort zone and deliver such a high quality record.
You can download Wounds & Fears at http://ethanluck.bandcamp.com/