Release Date: March 13, 2012
Run Time: 17:42
2. Sir Captain Jones
3. Galway Bay
4. Selfish Bastard
5. Lantern Heart
6. Poor Troubled Life
Lexington Field has a new EP coming out this March and I’ve been lucky enough to get my paws on it for an early look. The title of the EP Poor Troubled Life will be released on New Folk Records. The band comes out of San Diego California and they began playing music in 2007. Since then, they have released one EP and a full-length album. Both of which I highly recommend. Beau Gary does vocals, guitar, and has the ability to make you feel nostalgic. Cami Smith is on fiddle, Bryan Hane as lead guitarist, Casey Jones on base and Vincent West on drums.
The first song on the EP is Crippled Creek. When I saw that on the back of the album, the first thing that came to mind was, Lexington Field would have their work cut out for them to impress me. The reason being, I currently live in the bluegrass state, right in the heart of Appalachia. I’ve heard this tune many times, by some very talented musicians. I’m sure you can guess what my first impression was just by looking at what we’ve rated this EP. It’s the most enjoyable non-banjo version of the song I’ve ever heard. This little 1 minute 30 second intro song got me excited for the rest of the tracks. I think I can say this is the best intro I’ve heard in recent memory.
Sir Captain Jones is not the kind of man you would want to stand toe to toe with, but he can provide you with content for a great song. Beau’s vocals sounds like they came out of an early to mid 90s punk band. That’s a good thing by the way, His voice reminds me of a more carefree time, that was topped off with great music. Speaking of vocals, the band does a terrific job of harmonizing. It sounds like they are having a party when they’re playing their music. Very dropkick Murphy’s like, I enjoy that kind of things from bands. You can tell this is the kind of band you want to see live just by hearing the energy they put into their music.
Next up, we have Galway Bay. It’s probably not the ballad that you’re thinking of. This would be the spoof that was written and performed by The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. It’s a humorous song, that they managed to turn into a good rock cover. Selfish Bastard is another pretty funny song, but this one makes me a wee upset when listening to it. Musically, the song rocks. it just brings out some guilt in me because I can relate to certain parts. In order to make myself not feel like a bad person, I’m just going to assume that you can relate to it as well when you listen to it.
Lantern Heart is about having an obsession with a gal that’s nothing but trouble, but you just ignore it. At this point the album takes a turn. The best way to describe this is with emoticons. For the first five songs I was all but once I got to the title track Poor Troubled Life I became . It’s not a depressing song, actually I would say it was a feel-good song, but it is about hardships. More so about the yearning to overcome them.
With a vocal styling that is reminiscent of the 90s punk bands, a song about caring deeply for a girl that treats you like dirt and welcoming it, being selfish, pirates, and great music, I’m reminded of what it’s like to be back in high school. We have a lot of goodies coming out this March, and this EP is definitely something you want to spend your money on.