Distributor/Label: Skyfire PR
Steve Cairney – Vocals
Joe “Kenny” Daglish – R. Guitar, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Steve Potter – Lead Guitar
Dan Simpson – Bass Guitar
Pete King – Drums
Pete Moore – Song writing
1. Running For My Life
2. A Million Hours
3. Turn The Tide
Is anyone else a touch suspicious about a band that has a separate songwriter? It’s hard to get your head around that relationship – did Pete Moore write a load of stuff and then find a band to play it, or did Lucks Lane form purely because they were bowled away by Moore’s writings? Why doesn’t Moore play his own stuff? Why don’t Lucks Lane write their own stuff? Look we’re not saying this type of set-up is wrong per se, it just smells odd. And stuff. But then they are from Peterborough…
Whether a five, or six-piece (depending on if you’re counting Moore), Lucks Lane are unbelievably safe. You feel you could strip off all your valuables, hand them over, and get them back again at the end of the night. Including all your loose change. As a precursor to their next album, EP A MILLION HOURS is like a lollipop man guiding you across the gap between releases; sure and steady and dressed in safety gear.
There’s not even a chance of a scraped knee on ‘Running For My Life’ because it never picks up enough speed to near anything close to what we call running. It just sort of jogs along at a middle-aged pace. This is what passes as rock down at your local pub, a group of guys who got together to play their instruments and write songs that stick closer to the middle-of-the-road than the white lines. And for some stupid reason the opening riff reminds of ‘Summer Of 69’ for just a second and you think “Oh Christ, not Bryan Adams”. And then “Actually would that be so bad at this moment.”
‘Turn The Tide’ actually tries with its opener, and could have been the work of many a young whippersnapper, but meanders back to that central line as it progresses. The lyrics have a certain knowing acceptance, and it’s definitely carrying the most rocks on A MILLION HOURS. But then there are only three tracks. ‘A Million Hours’ itself is a semi-acoustic Bon Jovi or de-amped Motley Crue ballad. And yet for some reason at times it actually feels louder in its impact than ‘Running For My Life’.
A MILLION HOURS is rock-pop, bred for the radio, and the likers of things that don’t go too loud. And as such Lucks Lane may have an audience that is far larger than this EP suggests. On the music alone though, a million hours spent here would be pretty dull. And that ain’t rock n roll.
Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs