Whilst plotting our next big to surprise the Ventura County with something fresh to work with, I conversed with my friend Kevin about a band he’s managing called Loomis and the Lust. Apparently the band has been causing quite a stir lately in these parts.
Their funky pop rock sound has been selected in the coveted (kinda) upcoming beach festival, West Beach Music and Arts Festival. Luckily I will be in attendance, so I can go into detail on their live performances later on.
The band’s debut EP just got released, and is titled Nagasha. For an EP, the album has great production value right out of the gate; a problem that usually knocks points off a new band working its way out of the womb of music. It’s a shame when an artist’s first run is tarnished by not taking the time to produce quality over quantity.
Led by Will Loomis, I was told right away when Kevin handed me the album that the band is very versatile in its sound. I wasn’t sure how true this was going to hold, but at first listen, I got a feeling of pop rock with the first track, Bright Red Chords, which is about a song about going out on the town (and what to wear while doing it, clearly).
Taking on a little bit more blues heavy approach, the second of five songs on the album, Break On Love, tells us about just that. It’s a tough world ladies, and I can’t keep batting you off forever, so this one goes to my list of songs that I can strut too. Furthermore, I feel like this song would be perfect for an episode of Entourage for a montage sequence with Vince and the boys.
Returning to the rock pop work, Sweetness, the third track takes me down memory lane of women who play games and used to actually win them. Every guy has been down the road where his friends try to tell him he’s being an idiot for his choice of love interest. I know how you feel Will, just brush em off your shoulder my friend.
The 4th track is called Cure For Sale, and takes what I like to call the Coldplay approach. That’s when you whisper to the mic and have a steady drum beat while the other instruments float in the distance. A juxtaposed pairing to the track before it, this song is about those lazy days where you can be with your woman and forgot about your worries for a moment, while you lay in bed till noon cuddling. I can attest to the joys of a good cuddle now and then, watching the failed lives of Jon and Kate.
A perfect way to end this EP is the last track Girl Next Door. Not only do we have an uproar after the track before it, a dance-worthy rock riff emerges with quite the interesting line of lyrics to repeat towards the end. “Give me some sugar, I am your neighbor” rings on, while we think about the hot neighbor you only wish would be so kind as to ask you for it, whilst prancing around in more body language than actual clothing.
Loomis and the Lust is one of those bands that surprise you at first, but once you realize what they can do, you kick yourself for wondering how you missed talent like this for so long. Well played gentleman.
Cop the EP now on iTunes and if you get the chance, catch em at the festival for another feeling of the bands talent.
Until next time my friends,