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Lettuce announce new album, Crush, share “Phyllis” — listen

on October 05, 2015, 10:00am

Over the last two decades, Boston-via-Brooklyn jam band Lettuce have gained plenty of notoriety around the festival circuit. They’ve performed everywhere from Pemperton to Bonnaroo, even performing as the backing band at the 2013 hip hop Superjam. The band members have also found additional success supporting numerous mainstream artists: drummer Adam Deitch has played sticks for acts like Pretty Lights and Talib Kweli, guitarist Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff toured with Lady Gaga, trumpeter Rashawn Ross is a member of Dave Matthews Band, and bassist Erick “Jesus” Coomes recently played on Dr. Dre’s long-awaited Compton.

All of that history — incendiary live performances and a wide rage of extracurricular musical influence — has been compressed and encapsulated on the funk outfit’s upcoming fourth album, Crush. The follow-up to 2012’s Fly sees the band uncovering a newfound accessibility while also capturing the energy of their on-stage presence. “Crush takes off where Rage and Fly left off,” Smirnoff explains to Consequence of Sound. “We continue our journey of the funk universe playing through many styles, including phychadellia, classic soul, and hip-hop. While still paying tribute to the past, this album clearly is pushing boundaries and has us heading into the future.”

Though clearly future-thinking, much of the material was road-tested before it ever entered the studio, meaning it’s as close to Lettuce’s live show as you can get on a studio album. “That energy we get when it’s prime time and we’re about to go onstage and we’re just excited beyond belief—that all came out on this new album,” Deitch says in a press release. “There’s a feeling that the band is rising, and it’s a really beautiful thing.”

As a first sample of just how beautiful, Lettuce have shared lead single “Phyllis”. Reverb heavy guitar lines spiral against hip-hop rhythms, intertwining with the trademark enthralling trumpets and saxophones. A noir aesthetic creates a powerful sense of mood, while every breakdown feels cinematic, like the “too badass to look back at an explosion” trope. It’s a slick new look for the band, one that suits them well and shows they’re still crushing it.

Listen in below.

Lettuce will be performing the new material live when they had back on tour in mid-October. Their fall/winter tour dates, including a New Year’s Eve gig at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre, can be found below.

Lettuce 2015 Tour Dates:
10/14 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
10/15 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
10/16 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
10/17 – Eureka Springs, AR @ Hillberry 2: Harvest Moon Festival
10/18 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
10/20 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
10/21 – Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
10/23 – Rockdale, TX @ Art Outside
10/24 – Placerville, CA @ Hangtown Halloween Ball
10/27 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
10/28 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue Theatre
10/29 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
10/30 – Birmingham, AL @ WorkPlay Theatre
10/31 – New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Music and Arts Experience
11/01 – Live Oak, FL @ Suwannee Hulaween
11/03 – Framingham, MA @ The Chop Shop
11/04 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
11/05 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
11/06 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead
11/07 – Nashville, TN @ War Memorial Auditorium
11/08 – Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
11/10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
11/11 – Buffalo, NY @ Tralf Music Hal
11/12 – State College, PA @ State Theatre
11/13 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
11/14 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
12/31 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre

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