Founded by husband and wife duo Pablo Martin (Tom Tom Club, The Du-Rites) and Dylan Hundley, Lulu Lewis have established themselves as one of New York’s most prolific and versatile underground rock bands over the past three years, whether collaborating with artists like Brendan Canty of Fugazi, Sergio Rotman of Los Fabulosos Cadillacs or sharing the stage with musicians like Lenny Kaye & Jay Dee Daugherty of The Patti Smith Group, Shilpa Ray and Richard Lloyd. The band was the subject of a short documentary from Condé Nast, while their debut EP earned them praise for its “bold pop-rocking with soulful touches courtesy of Hundley’s up-front delivery” (The Vinyl District), while their art house-style videos have been called “a force to be reckoned with, wielding a progressive spirit of artistry and passion” (Atwood Magazine).
Lulu Lewis balance their sharp insight and dark poeticism with an air of playfulness across their genre-bending catalog. Haunting goth rock tracks live alongside tongue-in-cheek, synth-driven new wave, all connected by a sonic world of incinerating guitars, cutting rhythm section, and lo-fi production. Genuine Psychic acknowledges the light and dark duality of the universe without taking itself too seriously. Over the course of ten tracks, it recalls rock sounds of the Bowery’s grittiest days with a perspective that builds on the past, rather than copy it. In doing so, they create something entirely new and unique to itself, free of any trappings of genre or time, and utterly exhilarating.
The Big Takeover – Fronted by vocalist Dylan Hundley and multi-instrumentalist Pablo Martin (The Du-Rites/Tom Tom Club), this self-styled NYC post-punk band released this LP on their own Ilegalia imprint a few months ago and it’s starting to gain traction.Upon first listen, you can definitely see why as the dark, dreamy, moody minimalist pop-coming out of these grooves totally sucks the listener into their sphere. Once you’re in it, you can’t leave and with the recent release of dub interpretations of this material that hit the racks this past October, this amazing trip continues! There’s a lot of Bowie/Eno/Roxy Music in their DNA, not to mention a healthy dose of Suicide and Suburban Lawns. Excellent stuff that keeps getting better with every spin! Can’t wait for what comes next! http://bit.ly/bigtlulu
The Vinyl District – “Think Siouxsie, but also Dinah Cancer, a distinction made to underscore an affinity with punk’s pre-hardcore days, when the form was far less rigidly defined. The spare “Moving Fast” resists the pace of its title and is instead an appropriately moody follow-up to “Dig Beat,” though side two’s opener and album highlight “Intelligent Life” manages to blend “Mechanical Man”era Devo with the Tubeway Army and the joyous Saturday afternoon B-movie matinee energy of the early B-52’s, all while wielding social commentary with a sense of humor. And if that’s not punk, then go eat a sock.” http://bit.ly/tvdlululewis (full review)