You haven’t heard of L.S. Dunes? Not that surprisingly. Their 11th November 2022 album Past Lives is their debut. Furthermore, the abdn as such has just been founded this year. The rationale: they are a so-called supergroup with established master musicians of the music scene. A good reason to have a listen.
L.S. Dunes – About The Artists
The L.S. Dunes have been founded this year in Chicago. The key driver was vocalist Anthony Green (Circa Survive, Saosin). The full lineup includes the guitarists Frank Iero (My Checmical Romance), Travis Stever (Cambria) as well as bassist Tim Payne and drummer Tucker Rule, which are both members of the band Thursday. So far, the band has released three singles.
L.S. Dunes – Past Lives – Track by Track
The eleven track album lasts 44 minutes.
Past Lives starts with a lot of power and quite some volume. However, 2022 is also having quite a lot of quieter moments. The screaming voice of Anthony Green stays in your mind from the very first, but there are also quite a lot of catching moments on the instrumental side. My first step into the world of L.S Dunes feels very comfortable.
The second track is one of my favorites. First of all, Antibodies feels like the perfect showcase for Green’s unique voice. On top of that, the melodic quality of this song is definitely remarkable.
3. Grey Veins
Grey Veins starts a bit slower, but also presents the catching main chords from the guitar side. The lyrics come with a strong emo character – and latest when the song develops towards the chorus, you just have to love Tucker Rule’s work on the drum.
4. Like Forever
You want some straight, powerful rock which feels like the perfect guitar slap in your face? Then you might very likely smile while listening to Like Forever. A very nice written song with a clear plot, which is just giving you the full rock vibe for its whole 3:21 minutes.
The guitar riffs and the screaming vocalist battle for the reign of Blender. The battle is a 4:29 minute one closing with a tie. If you want to listen to the lyrics, the mastering gives you some additional challenges. Therefor, it is a nice song to unwind and enjoy.
6. Past Lives
The title track is on the sixth position. Even though the nice has a nice punch, I just don’t see it on the very top of my list. Good work on the vocals and instrument, but the full result is just better at other spots of the album in my point of view.
7. It Takes Time
Groovy bass lines, distorted sounds, howling guitar lines – It Takes Time creates a rather dark sound, but is then presenting a rather melodic chorus.
8. Bomb Squad
This single release reminds me of the “Battle of Blender”, as I described the high level of guitars and vocals in the fifth song. However, I feel that the overall sound of the fifth track is simply better. The vocals are finally more dominant in this track, though.
The 4:42 song Grifter is definitely a nice listen. However, I feel that it a but too long. Not too much character added to the album, but a nice listen.
10. Permanent Rebellion
Permanent Rebellion has been the first single release of the superband. Good rock sound with a nice alternative touch. Good addition to the album, which works with the two superimposing vocals lines in the chorus.
11. Sleep Cult
Past Lives closes suprisingly: Sleep Cult has a strong ballad touch, the vocals and the gentle guitars feel a bit too kitschy to me, though.
L.S. Dunes – Past Lives – Spotify
Here is the album on Spotify:
L.S. Dunes – Past Lives – My View
Past Lives is a really good listen. You feel the massive talent gathered in this album. Even though some songs feel to push a bit too much, the album is a great listen. Hope we hear more of this Chicago-origin project in the future.
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