Upon recovering from being steamrolled over by the onslaught of Satan’s Satyrs’ new album, The Lucky Ones you’ll likely wonder just what exactly it was that hit you. A punky, sleaze rock groove (perhaps even a whiff of 70s glam) meets NWOBHM melodic fury, Blue Cheer mass and volume, and Ozzy’s dramatic charisma condensed into a sound all its own, perhaps. At its core is an unstoppable, unpretentious exorcism of rock’n’roll exuberance.
“It doesn’t sound like anything else happening right now,” says bassist/vocalist Clayton Burgess, who, for the last few years, has split his time in British doom heroes Electric Wizard. “The band has its own unique idiosyncratic sound.”
A significant difference on this album is the addition of second guitarist Nate Towle, which expands the band’s steamrolling capacity tenfold. Burgess, Towle, guitarist Jarrett Nettnin and drummer Stephen Fairfield convened at the Richmond, VA studio of Windhand guitarist Garrett Morris, working in fits and starts over several months, first quickly capturing the raw energy of a band firing on all cylinders, then fine tuning the sounds and experimenting to get everything as massive as you hear it now. Likewise, Burgess’ lyrics show new levels of achievement.
“I pushed myself to get more of my own life in the songs, but open enough that anyone can interpret them in their own way,” he says. “I just wanted to capture weirdness. It reflects my unusual tastes, but also takes a personal perspective.”
The twin guitar assault begins from the very first beat of The Lucky Ones and never relents until the last second of the 9-track, 35-minute album. Opener “Thrill of the City” wastes no time launching into soaring harmonized riffs and swaggering rhythms setting the scene for a debauched good time. The title track, perhaps the most personal song on the album, is also the most unabashedly melodic. “Too Early To Fold” captures the frustrations and challenges of life as a touring musician, expressed through a belligerent 2-guitar attack and pounding snare on all 4 downbeats driving it all home. “Trampled By Angels” pits a swinging T Rex vibe against dizzy, noisy guitars and lyrics about a pioneer of fetish photography using his medium to express forbidden desires to the world. Likewise, The Lucky Ones itself is a vibrant, brash and loud expression of defiance against convention that refuses to be ignored.
released October 19, 2018
Clayton Burgess - Vocals, Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Lead Guitar on “Take It and Run”
Jarrett Nettnin - Lead and Rhythm Guitar
Nate Towle - Lead and Rhythm Guitar
Stephen Fairfield - Drums
Recorded at various points from Oct ‘16 - Sept. ’17
at Phantom Sound Recording & Reproduction, Richmond, VA
Engineered by Garrett Morris
Produced by Clayton Burgess
Mixed by Garrett Morris and Clayton Burgess
Mastered by Terry Waker at Tonalex
Illustration and Photography by Dilek Baykara
Design by Clayton Burgess
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Her Vocals. lady makes the bass,guitar and drums all come together. melody and tone! play bass and i am in love with their sounds. way they write and each song moves you. how does one select a fav on this master piece of melodies,and amazing tone? Diablerie,Grey Garde,Pilgram's Rest,and first to die dont get you heart moving your in trouble lol Mickey/mojo62