"Bottom Of The Barrel EP" By Lung (Cincinnati, OH)/Indie Rock/Released June 2016
A two piece band with electric cello as the lead instrument is probably about as indie as indie gets. And that’s not a bad thing. Cincinnati’s Lung is composed of vocalist/cellist Kate Wakefield and drummer Daisy Caplan (formerly of Foxy Shazam). Formed in early 2016, the band recorded a four track demo EP titled “Bottom Of The Barrel” that was released in June. The following August the duo embarked on their first tour and has swiftly begun growing a following with their energetic live shows.
While one would expect more artsy fare with cello involved, Lung’s style is loud, direct, and driving. Uptempo compositions with Caplan’s percussion being a powerful force behind Wakefield’s wild bow strokes. In contrast the vocals span a full range of emotion from soft and reserved to manic and frayed. The diversity in sound Lung is able to accomplish with a minimalist set up is impressive and speaks to both musicians’ experience.
The opening track “Control” is a fast paced, punk-like track that sets the tone for the energy of the record. Following second is the title track “Bottom Of The Barrel”. A dynamic, mid-tempo head-nodder that is an EP stand out. “Actor” is a slower, groovy trudge that precedes the fast paced closer “Peaches”. A more frantic track filled with jumpy energy.
With “Bottom Of The Barrel” Lung has given us a tasty teaser of future things to come. The adept play and songwriting of Kate Wakefield is a pleasure to hear with Caplan’s drums bringing pure rock energy to round out a refreshingly unique package. For everybody who wanted to be a rock star but were given classical music lessons instead, meet your new heroes.