Looking for funky rock ‘n’ roll, rocking funk, rhythmic metal, or metallic R&B? Look no further than your own backyard, where you can catch the Brooklyn-based Louisiana Sun Kings jamming for a brief time before their summer tour across the country. This progressive band features the musical stylings of Noelle Tannen, Nikolai Shveitser, Eli Lamb, and Oliver Lamb, who happens to be one of Brooklyn College and the English Majors’ Counseling Office’s very own. Just a reminder, as we all slowly come out of our academic reveries, that sometimes the most exciting new creative talents are right in front of your face.
The Louisiana Sun Kings blend so many different genres of music together, it’s difficult and somewhat unnecessary to try to pigeonhole them into just one. It’s clear from even a brief listen that their musical influences cover a wide spectrum. But while there are elements of metal, progressive rock, funk, soul, and good old rock ‘n roll mixed in their style, the Sun Kings meld these genres together to create a sound distinctly their own. There’s no doubt that this band has roots but it’s equally clear that they’re not willing to stay tied down by conventional forms. With Tannen providing soulful vocals, Shveitser shredding the lead guitar, and the Lamb brothers bringing it all together with Eli providing the drums and Oliver the bass lines needed for a solid rhythmic foundation, this band is one to which you can definitely find yourself swaying along. The Louisiana Sun Kings are fostering their own artistic vision—one that is at once visceral and intelligent—and there’s an essential collaborative spirit amongst them that allows that vision to become manifest.
When we attended their show at the Red Door (though not exactly a club) on Saturday, we were not disappointed. The Louisiana Sun Kings presented a really strong set that had the crowd grooving and cheering. The band’s ability to foster a seemingly contradictory atmosphere of both intensity and chill enjoyment makes for a unique experience as an audience member. Every great musical artist or group starts somewhere, and the Louisiana Sun Kings are starting here in Brooklyn. So get on the bandwagon now; in just a short time they’ll be hitting the road and spreading their sound across these good old United States. If you don’t check them out now, you won’t be able to say you knew them back when. So if you’re a fan of live music, listen up: On June 3rd, they’ll be at Party Expo at 929 Broadway in Brooklyn, and on June 17th, you can catch them at Trash Bar at 256 Grand Street, also in Brooklyn.
Or if you’re feeling ambitious this summer, follow them on their cross-country journey and show your support for some local, deserving talent. There’s so much great music out there that it’s easy to fill your ears with the sounds of the great classics or whatever’s on the radio, but music becomes something truly worth celebrating when we can find it on the rise and identify genuine talent among the faces we see every day. Look below to find out how to access videos, music, and info about upcoming shows. And if you just want to tell Oliver how fantastic you think he and his band are, comment below!
- Brigida Pirraglia, Nora Curry, and James Rodriguez
(A PBnJ Collaboration)
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