Rewind to January 2012…
From out of nowhere a new band spawns in Idaho Falls, ID, and plays their first live show.
Liberty Lush opened up the ‘Holiday Rehab’ show in Idaho Falls last year and began their journey as another local Idaho band. I was at that show and got to see that very first performance. The music was fresh and original. It reminded me of a fusion of 80’s hair metal and 70’s punk. Kind of like if you could image a cross of Prety Boy Floyd and the Ramones. The stage presence, was well, a bit lacking, a few of the members had some presence and the others, they sort of stayed out of focus. All in all their performance was good though, especially for a band that had not played live before. Their music was catchy, and stuck in my head, although not like an overplayed pop song. Having been in the music business since ‘84, I could definitely see these guys doing something, and going somewhere in 2-4 years with some hard work, practice, and a lot of exposure. It was a great show, a little rough around the edges, but definitely worth seeing.
Fast Forward to January 2013…
Liberty Lush (a lot sooner than expected of most new bands) has released their first album entitled ‘MERICA.
Now I know a lot of local bands rush to get out their demo as fast as possible, and start shopping it, trying to get a distribution deal, or signed to a label. It’s the way of the music world.
Liberty Lush, however, has spent most of the last year playing live and improving drastically every aspect of their music and performance. The album really is just the icing on the cake.
Over the last year, they have had the opportunity to play with bands such as Royal Bliss, Warrant, The Sammus Theory, Still Standing, Dokken, Quiet Riot, and Skid Row, as well doing some regional touring with L.A. Guns and Saliva. In less than a year these guys went from a local Idaho Falls band that no one had really heard of to a regional/semi-national touring band with more tours to be announced shortly. According to the bands lead singer Ryan X when asked about how they have pulled off so much progress so fast, he responded with, “an extreme amount of dedication, hard work, and personal sacrifice”.
Their last live performance with Warrant, was such a transition from those first few shows. If it was your first time seeing them, you never would have guessed they have only been together and playing live for a year. With their performance being that of a well seasoned touring band, Liberty Lush rocked the house with their extreme style of show. It’s only going to be a matter of time (a real short amount of time, I think) before these guys wind up on the small arena circut at which time some of us will be able to say… “I remeber when…”
The album ‘MERICA, indeed holds it’s own in the rising rock world. The tracks include…Emblem of Desire, Middle Class Mess, Box of Dreams, Love Can’t Die, Breakdown, Fabricated Life, Comfort, Attention Whore, X, and VNH. The Enhanced CD version also includes the video for the song ‘Fabricated Life’. Musically the entire album is well polished, but not overly so (like so many studio albums are nowadays). The vocals throughout the album are clear and discernable on every song (something else missing in a lot of new albums), and the words are clear and catchy enough to make you want to sing along, but not overly catchy so as to make you bored with it like a overplyed tune on the radio. The power and emotion behind ‘Box of Dreams’ and ‘Breakdown’ is real and reflected very well in the vocals. This is definatly the first ‘MUST HAVE’ album of 2013 in my book.
Live Photos by: Erik Roth / Hellbent Productions LLC ©2012-2013 All Rights Reserved.
Photos supplied and used with permissions: Liberty Lush, Hellbent Productions LLC.