The Victoria Lucas

The Victoria Lucas

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The history of indie rock, from the Mekons and the Replacements to Guided By Voices and Pavement, has been written by hopelessly boozy romantics with an ear for a tune and a literate turn of phrase. It is squarely in this tradition that the Brooklyn-via-Pittsburgh quintet, the Victoria Lucas, plant the roots in their unique take on roots rock.

By foregoing all things both angular and droning on their excellent full-length debut HIT THE GROUND RUNNING FAST, the band share little with their Brooklyn contemporaries, instead reveling in the glory of a spinning room, a catchy chorus, and a heart worn on a sleeve. Among the pleasures are "Tucson," a driving, Velvets-y nugget; "Allegheny Monongahela," on which vocalists Juan Stacey and Kathy Horne find their inner John Langford and Sally Timms before the band explodes into an in-the-red guitar/organ grind; and "Ain't Love Grand," a joyous stomp that reimagines jock jams as anthems for the losing team to fall apart to.

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