The Lotts are a real band.
Having spent a full year perfecting their buzzsaw sound behind closed doors, they burst onto the Warrington scene in 2018 like an aggravated Tasmanian devil with debut EP Out Of It. Taking cues from the Manchester punk scene of the 70s, but simultaneously looking and sounding frighteningly youthful, they are the absolute antithesis of ‘modern’ (read: overproduced) music.
Speed Of Sound in particular [is] sounding like a world record attempt for ‘Fastest Song Recorded in One Take’.
In fact, Out Of It was recorded live, in one take and straight to tape at the legendary Rockfield Studios (the birthplace of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody).
Equal parts carefully-crafted artwork and unbridled fuzz-punk freak-out, this record is an irresistible caffeine hit. The songwriting here is unbelievably concise – the whole record clocks in at less than 10 minutes long, with third track Thimble lasting a mere 47 seconds. Its brevity doesn’t soften the impact one bit, though; beneath the squalls of feedback, all the tracks on show here are well-rounded, considered pieces of music.
The title track is as good a place to start as any, giving us a bombastic introduction to the biting guitars and frenetic drums that drive the EP. Frontman Henry Buchanan’s vocals are shrouded beneath layers of fuzz and delay, lending his yelps a Hives-like quality.
The band don’t let up for the first three tracks, with Speed Of Sound in particular sounding like a world record attempt for ‘Fastest Song Recorded in One Take’. The first sign of slowing down comes on closer Where Are You Going. Probably the strongest song on the EP, it lopes along atop a lopsided drum groove. Buchanan sounds genuinely confused as he yells “where do you come from? / where are you going?”, lending the whole thing a brilliantly drunk feel that Iggy and the Stooges would be proud of.
All in all, Out Of It is a startlingly self-assured debut from a band who clearly know exactly who they are. A perfect balance of careful preparation and gut instinct, it’s a testament to the vision of the young band. Congratulations to them on such an exciting release, and this writer can’t wait to see what they come up with next.
Have a listen for yourself below and check the bands socials via the links.
Many thanks to Chris Gibson for a great review. Chris has sang and played guitar in Delphina Kings. Give them a listen here.