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Uncle Lucius - The Light

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Uncle Lucius The Light on LP

The Light, out on Boo Clap/Thirty Tigers, is the statement Uncle Lucius fans have waited for, with its songs of seeking and questioning, of reaching out to others, of excavating the hidden strength within. After years spent spreading their message across Texas, here at last is the vehicle that can take them to the national level. Opening the album, the title track begins deceptively, with singer Kevin Galloway alone in a playful groove, until the band crashes in like a hammer, turning a folky shuffle into a barrelhouse stomper. “Age of Reason,” written by founding bassist Hal Vorpahl, conceals a call to arms within the Stax Records-influenced vibe. 

The Light’s 12 songs share themes of travel, movement, and quests without destinations. Guitarist Mike Carpenter's “Wheel’s in Motion” explores those situations when we concede control over our own actions, when we hide our powers of reason behind the blinders of duty and responsibility. That thread continues in “Don’t Own the Right,” co-written by Galloway and Carpenter, which reminds us not to judge others. Galloway’s “Taking in the View” sprawls like a Western epic with the devil “wondering where the hell have all the real souls gone?” while Jesus “just left Chicago” - in a ZZ Top homage - on a cross-country journey. 

The Light places the band in unfamiliar sonic territory, and much credit belongs to producer George Reiff (Shinyribs, Ray Wylie Hubbard, the Band of Heathens) for testing their limits. “Flood Then Fade Away,” with its propulsive tom-tom groove, and its waves of crystalline synths, is unlike any song in the band’s catalog, yet retains that elusive UL signature. “Ouroboros,” meanwhile, could fit in on a hip-hop album, both for its robotic pulse and its combative lyrics.

A band Carpenter calls “Southern rock for the thinking man” doesn’t shy away from outside-the-box influences. Galloway quotes philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti and mythologist Joseph Campbell in the same breath as Willie Nelson, while Greco evokes The Band and bebop drummer Max Roach with equal aplomb. Each member recognizes that authenticity requires a constant seeking, that at no time may an artist arrive at who they truly are. Instead they must look always beyond their present confines, in order to remain unsettled enough to create. 

Uncle Lucius The Light Track Listing:

1.  The Light
2.  Age of Reason
3.  Taking in the View
4.  Ourboros
5.  End of 118
6.  No Time Flat
7.  Weel's in Motion
8.  Gulf Coast Gypsies
9.  Flood Then Fade Away
10. Don't Own the Right
11. Nothing to Save
12. Someday is a Far Cry
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5. End of 118
6. No Time Flat
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9. Flood Then Fade Away
10. Don't Own the Right
11. Nothing to Save
12. Someday is a Far Cry

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