We recently had the pleasure of getting to know the wildly innovative and undeniably fearless rockers Lenny through their outstanding new EP effort entitled “Bug”.
The on-the-rise Richmond, Virginia-based rockers have been steadily gaining notoriety for their unorthodox, yet incredibly alluring brand of Rock. Lenny is the brain-child of Rad Burt and Paul Pearce. The new EP, Bug, consists of songs written separately by Rad and Paul prior to forming the band and represent the ‘core’ of the band’s early development.
The band is currently recording new material for a future release. Radcliffe Burt has been writing and performing music since the early 1990’s in Atlanta, Boulder CO and Richmond VA. Influenced by the acoustic music scene built by the Indigo Girls and Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta, he formed jangly rock band Millan & Kenzie. After 3 records and 7 years of touring, he relocated to Richmond, VA in 2000 where he formed an acoustic band, The Orderlies, and released one record, ‘Beautiful You’. While recording demos for a solo rock record, he met guitarist Paul Pearce. Lenny came into being in order to properly develop, record and perform these songs in late 2013.
With independent recording continually growing more affordable and accessible than it ever has been; the industry is quickly becoming over-saturated with hobbyists and fame-seekers. Due to this, it is becoming ever-harder to be noticed within the endless sea of independent noise. The number of new artists entering the industry every day is growing exponentially. With this increase in industry competition, you’d think there would be a “standard” for things you shouldn’t do if you’re trying to become noticed and successful. Unfortunately, this is not the case…in fact, it seems that a vast majority of new artists have taken the lazy route —- copy those whom are more successful than you. You would think that this competitive environment would inspire some artists to go against the grain and carve out their own identity, but this is too often not the case.
The undeniably fearless and musically captivating Lenny are an incredible exception to this rule and are quickly emerging as a refreshing Rock sensation.
Their approach is refreshingly unusual and fascinating, while their music remains curiously relatable and hard hitting. Highly inspired and emotive vocals shine through searing guitar riffs, hypnotic sonic layering, and a wildly groovy rhythm section; making for a diverse and unpredictable musical experience. Their sound is an amazingly varied fusion of genres, while maintaining engaging and intriguing songwriting.Listeners are taken on a sonic journey through a broad spectrum of genres that pays homage to revered legendary and modern rockers; all while adding an entirely unique self-defining twist.
Lenny are fiercely carving out their own distinct musical identity, and restoring the faith of music lovers everywhere.
The band is quickly proving that with their addictive, unique, and highly engaging tunes; music, as an artistic medium, can transcend the label of “commodity”, and become something much deeper, more intimate, and immersive.
Each track featured on the EP is fantastically sequenced in a way that maintains the listener’s interest, and contains minor mixing and instrumental intricacies that are both unique and add undeniable character to the track. Lenny consistently surprise and impress with their outstanding instrumentation and with their vocal prowess, displaying a strong command of infectious vocal melodies and lush harmonies. With the powerful and effective backing of guitar, bass, and driving percussion; Lenny prove that their vocal prowess is simply one example of their many strong assets. Impressively, somewhere within these complex and fastidiously crafted tracks there’s a magnificent injection of anthemic, yet unexpected hard-hitting instrumental and vocal pieces and that conjure up a plethora of engaging feelings.
Their approach is refreshingly unusual and fascinating, while their music remains curiously relatable and hard hitting. Highly inspired and emotive vocals shine through searing guitar riffs, brilliant sonic layering, and a wildly groovy rhythm section; making for a diverse and unpredictable musical experience. Their sound is an amazingly varied fusion of genres, while maintaining driving and intriguing songwriting.
BUG is an extended play recording (EP) of 5 original songs. With themes ranging from addiction, lust, the absurdity of social media, life and death in the hospital and forgiveness, the group takes a hard look at individual struggles with each passing day. Deftly avoiding morose or glum passages, the band constructs bright melodies with a solid rock and roll core to drive the message home. Single “Consumes Me” is about addiction and it’s insinuation within the fabric of life. While we are not a band in recovery, each of us are old enough to have experienced the consequences – directly or otherwise – of an illness that claims so many. The refrain, ‘I want to escape…escaping’, is the feedback loop that springs the trap. If that weren’t enough, Rad’s blistering guitar solo ends like a car skidding off the highway…and is no accident.
Lenny are a remarkable act and an amazing breath of fresh air within an industry that has become overly saturated with copycat artists whose sole goal is to cash in on an increasingly uninventive formula. We can definitely see this band continuing their rise and becoming a household name and inspiring a new generation of independent artists. “BUG” is a MUST LISTEN!
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