Lusts - True Romance

The psychedelic brothers are back and, their blend of motorik and New Order has hit the ground running. Their groove of psychedelic pop music is becoming indelible on the grey UK landscapes of this decade.

 'True Romance' steers Lusts towards the fine work of Sumner and Marr's Electronic era. With the melodic ease of 'Forbidden City', it swirls away like a hazy festival afternoon. What is setting it back from Electronic's greatness are those killer hooks. Neil Tennant's vocal on the chorus of 'Disappointed' or the melancholic melody and power of Marr's synth work on 'Forbidden City' have echoed down the ages. 'True Romance', doesn’t quite grab that brass ring.

 For most, to be mentioned in the same breath as Tennant, Sumner and Marr is enough. For Lusts, we suspect they want more. The talent is clearly their, could this autumns new album be the one?

Lusts live at The Barfly


Lusts formed whilst searching for the ghosts of Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemmingway. This kind of purity comes across in abundance during their headline set at John Kennedy’s Xposure night.

Brothers James and Andy Stone played tracks from ‘Illuminations’, a decent but not great album. Tonight though, their performance takes these songs to another level. They inject a style and a sense of marvel into everything they do on stage and its infectious throughout the intimate crowd.

Their debut album showcases classic pop sensibilities in the style of New Order and Echo & The Bunnymen. Live though, Lusts get across their distinctiveness a lot more. There is just enough punk aggression to suggest these brothers are set to travel a very interesting path. 

Perhaps the biggest signifier that Lusts will go on to become a great live band is the difficulty in selecting a highlight. Support bands Whistle Jacket and especially FEWS, both built towards their big hitters where as, Lusts hit the ground running and didn’t deviate.

They have dates coming up at the legendary Night & Day venue in Manchester and festival appearances at SXSW and The Great Escape. Expect them to make a big impact. 

Lusts – Illuminations

Lusts are a two piece from Leicester made up of brothers Andy and James Stone. They released their debut ‘Illuminations’ in October of last year and with new single ‘Sometimes’ due for release, TT felt it right to revisit the album.

At the heart of ‘Illuminations’ is a carefree spirit searching for a release. The aforementioned single ‘Sometimes’ opens the album. Not for the last time here, a strong Echo and The Bunnymen influence looms but with a hazier touch. The chorus scratches around the edges of Stone Roses levels of euphoria, not bad for a first effort.

‘Careless’ and ‘Mouthwash’ also maintain sense of intemperance. The former takes the dreamy landscapes of Tame Impala and injects them the urgency of pop music. ‘Mouthwash’ on the other hand, is more direct with a New Order soul which is hard to dislike.

When your influences are the illuminati of the indie world, it’s tough to punch your way into their realm. Lusts, for the most part have walked that fine line just right. ‘Temptation’ aptly has Bernard Sumner vocal in tandem with looping Psychedelic Furs guitars.

Title track ‘Illuminations’ may sit in the shadows of the Bunnymen’s ‘Lips Like Sugar and ‘Bring On The Dancing Horses’ but its not to be ignored. The only thing preventing it standing alongside the scousers is the absence of Ian McCulloch’s great vocals.

Sadly the album does offer up some filler in ‘Waves’, ‘Bad Weekend’ and ‘Fountain of Love’ which, lend the album an unwanted perception of repetitiveness.

That said, the pro’s far outweighthe cons and if they drop these tracks for more experimental bugged out numbers like ‘Attraction’ then their next offing will see them striding towards the big time.