You come to and your surroundings have changed. You’re in an abandoned church that’s been refurbished with red carpet that meets hardwood floor, and around the windows and walls are old Christmas lights strung up in random patterns. You’ve never seen this place before, but it feels familiar. You don’t know it, but you’re dreaming.
The lights are lit just enough to see the night sky filling in through the windows. You move your eyes to see your friends on surrounding couches and standing next to a giant record player in the corner passing drinks and laughs through thin smoke and the sound of mingled conversation. In the center of the room there’s a projector playing vibrant colors on the wall and you realize you’ve been smiling while nodding your head and tapping your foot along to the music. You laugh for a second and the next thing you know you’re outside; you’re dreaming so you just go along with it. You listen for a minute to the music and laughter spilling from the church as you take a deep breath, and all the way down to your bones you feel what can only be the promise of spring.
Okay, you’re not dreaming. You’re listening to Lieutenant’s debut album “If I Kill This Thing We’ll All Eat For A Week” from Foo Fighters’ and Sunny Day Real Estate’s own Nate Mandel, but to say, “Holy shit! this is a good album”, just felt wrong. Mendel tosses his bass aside to pick up the reigns for his new project, but this album feel less like a solo debut and more like something Mendel has crafted more than a few times on his own.
Checkout “If I kill This Thing We’re All Going To Eat For A Week” out via Dine Alone Records March 10th.
– Hunter Dawson