NOTE: THIS LIMITED EDITION EP IS SOLD OUT.
THE SONGS ARE AVAILABLE ON ITUNES (http://tinyurl.com/eqpe2)
SEE ALSO THE "ROCK AND ROLL (IS EVIL") CD (http://cdbaby.com/cd/luxxury3)
San Francisco-based, disco-industrial gold diggers Luxxury slink onto the scene with The Drunk EP (Omega Point Records), their four-song debut release. Mixing two parts of The Killers' amped-up New Wave techno-rock with one part Roxy Music glamour vamping, a splash of "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy"-era Rod Stewart, and a twist of irony - Luxxury serves up an intoxicating, dark pop cocktail guaranteed to make listeners lose their dancefloor inhibitions. Coming on strong with kinky guitar riffs, arousing electro beats, and a charming awareness of its own trashiness, Luxxury doesn't want to be your favorite band of all time - it just wants to be your favorite band tonight.
The Drunk EP pops its cherry with the title track, a steady synthesizer-and-bass throb with singer Buck Washington crooning about nightclubs, jet planes, young girls, and Chanel in his oily baritone. The guitar-driven Duran-cum-Berlin homage "All the Way" finds Buck intertwining his voice with that of guest vocalist Steph M, climaxing on the hook "Let's get together / here or wherever / nothing's going to keep my hands off you..." "Disco Noir" relapses into clubland, as the lyrics get way too clever for their own good ("It's so hard to tell / if she's being ironic / She dances with boys / but her hair is so les-bi-onic"). "Understood" merges the rock and electro sides of Luxxury's sound with a splurge, mixing hair-metal guitar licks and drum machines to raunchy effect.
Revelling (wallowing?) in the most perverse aspects of 70s and 80s disco/pop/rock, Luxxury could slide quite easily into a ménage à trois with The Scissor Sisters and The Darkness, while The Faint watches from the closet. And like those groups, Luxxury takes its retro-kitsch seriously, backing up its campy facade with skillful musicianship and songwriting. For all The Drunk EP's aspirations to disposability, Luxxury's smart, sharp-dressed pop will stay with listeners well beyond the morning after.
NOTE - THIS LIMITED EDITION EP IS NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES.