Release date: March 1, 2022
Format : Digital
Location: Pueblo, Colorado
Favorite Tracks: Rudest Gun In The West, The Heat And The Pressure, Shotgun, Ludlow, Away From Me, All In, Rockin’ On Time,
Sounds Like: The Specials, Madness, The Selecter, Symarip, The Pilfers, Toots & The Maytals, The Dendrites, and The Skatalites
It’s a great day here on the CPRA news desk. The Pueblo based gunslingers, Last Reel Hero have released their brand-new album, “Back To The Sun”. It’s been a couple of years since their last release. So, we are very excited for some new music from LRH. You can read our thoughts on that one here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/12/last-reel-hero-s-t/. So, let’s dig into “Back To The Sun”. In case you didn’t read the link above. The band gets their name from a line in the movie, “The Harder They Come”.
The record starts with, “Rudest Gun In The West”. It’s mellow and a perfect introduction. “The Heat And The Pressure” is next and you can feel the tempo rising. It’s fast with that familiar “Pick It Up”, beat. The horns and gang vocals are awesome. The guitar riffs are unexpected but add that killer ska punk sound. If you haven’t started dancing by now, you my friend have no soul. The next track is “Shotgun”. Check out the rad video below.
“Shotgun: is a callback to simpler times, when life was easy. The next song is, “Ludlow Mine”. It’s a tribute to the workers at the Ludlow Massacre. “The Ludlow Massacre was a watershed moment in American labor relations. Socialist historian Howard Zinn described it as “the culminating act of perhaps the most violent struggle between corporate power and laboring men in American history”. This a wonderful track.
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“Away From Me”, is next up and speeds the tempo back up. That rad ska punk sound returns. This track is about unity and reclamation. The bass, guitar, drums are amazing. “Back To The Sun”, returns to the western theme. It feels a bit on the northern soul side, but uniquely American in story. It’s about not giving up, no matter the stakes. “All In” comes in with a vengeance. The ska punk is strong on this track. I can’t help but tap my toe.
“Rockin’ On Time” is the next track on the list. It continues a rad Jamaican beat. I can see this track getting mixed with several other songs from the genre. DJ’s will love this track. “One Fine Day” is about reuniting with friends and loved ones. Be sure to check out the video below. It speaks of hope during times of darkness.
“Looting And Shooting”, brings us to the end of the line. The horns have an old west Spanish feel to them. While the organ fits in perfectly adding a perfection of ambiance. Now I am not sure if this song is about Miami Police Chief Walter Headley. He was the first person to use the phrase “Looting and Shooting” in a press conference on December 26, 1967. “Headly announced that six three-man teams of officers equipped with “shotguns and dogs” would respond to the “young hoodlums” from “Negro districts” in Miami with lethal force and stated “his men have been told that any force, up to and including death, is proper when apprehending a felon”.” Source wikipedia.
It terrifies me to think that this intolerable act of racism still existed in the United States less than 100 years ago. Sadly, racism will never go away. The only thing we can do is prevent it from continuing. Now this track could also have a way simpler meaning within the storyline and the LRH universe. I of course always read a bit too much into music, but that’s me.
So how is Last Reel Hero’s “Back To The Sun”? This record is a must have for any ska lover, any lover of Colorado, and anyone who enjoys well written music. I will be adding this record to my nominees for best local album of 2022. I am really hoping we get a vinyl release sometime soon. Until then my friends, you can listen and purchase here, https://lastreelhero.bandcamp.com/ .
Tracks: (Per Bandcamp)
- Rudest Gun In The West
- The Heat And The Pressure
- Ludlow Mine
- Away From Me
- Back To The Sun
- All In
- Rockin’ On Time
- One Fine Day
- Looting And Shooting
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lastreelhero/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lastreelhero/
- Bandcamp: https://lastreelhero.bandcamp.com/
- Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5z9jo1cvSlCVOp7Cow87OI?si=we-Peq4mT3qlJLXm-JBWVg
- CPRA Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKz1rNscQ_g&list=PLAHReU2iGck3MJt3v-V9CRGp9iEdodsy6