WE REVIEW THE LATEST ALBUM FROM LEWCA – FRIDAY NIGHT ROCKSTAR
Upcoming and second album release of this year titled “Friday Night Rockstar” from solo artist Lewca set to release on December sixteenth is a somewhat chaotic fusion of indie rock, dance and electronic music painting a humorously realistic picture of drunken, youthful debauchery.
Filled with the classic British dry irony and humour “Friday Night Rockstar” is an album that shamelessly takes the piss out of itself and the transition from reckless youngster to middle aged feelings of tediousness and uninspired boredom. Borrowing from both modern-day popular music and that of the 80s on the album Lewca creates a nostalgic yet relatable atmosphere by combining New Wave, Lo-fi indie and alternative genres together to craft a murky portrayal and comparison of the past vs the present.
Taking inspiration from the electro-punk style of bands such as Sleaford Mods and the brilliantly simplistic and realistic narration of the ordinary persons day to day life pioneered by U.K garage artists such as The Streets, “Friday Night Rockstar” begins as it means to continue. The first track “Such a Cunt” which begins with theatrical piano chords mocking the cliché “inspiring” ballads released by your average pretentious rockstar and quickly descends into what sounds like the most standard D&B track you’d hear on a night out in a cheap club, with Lewca’s rather unflattering vocals shouting the mantra “stop being such a cunt” on repeat as the bass drops. As with all of the album, the song doesn’t take itself seriously and pokes fun at midlife crisis and pretentiousness.
The title track of the album “Friday Night Rockstar” featuring vocals from Mondo Trasho takes this theme of ostentatious rockstars even further. With lyrics sarcastically painting the image of a sell-out desperately clinging to the last threads of fame Lewca wittily rips the piss out of the self-proclaimed “badass” and “hardcore” try-hards in the industry with stereotypical electric guitar riffs and obnoxious lyricism. Lewca mixes this with some subtle but effective electronic beats to continue the hazy club vibe of the album. The result is something hilarious and very musically cohesive compared to some of the rest of the album.
Another track that stands out as being the best of the album is the song “Everyday Struggle” which documents the boredom and despair of a 9-5 working life. With bleakly relatable lyrics on cheap labour and feeling as though you’re selling your life away over a catchy 90s rock inspired electric guitar riff and a soaring, anthemic chorus the track is both catchy and sympathetic. Another impressive song off “Friday Night Rockstar” that hits the perfect mark of funny and catchy are “Harmony Korine” which has an unforgettable earworm of a chorus and looks back brutally candidly and nostalgically to a time of teen and twenties benders. A third very strong track is the closing track of the album “Smoke In The Air” which is an energetic garage track accompanied by melodic, acoustic guitar chords that runs impressively smoothly given its wacky combination of sounds and genres as well as growling, ominous vocals from Lewca.
However, although the album is clearly satire and consistently lyrically amusing there is always a danger with creating a satirical album that the quality of the musical content can be overlooked or compromised. It’s a bold move to create a satire album, but to pull it off whilst making it genuinely listenable rather than just an artist using it as a dumping ground for their ranting about the world makes it arguably not only bold but successful. Although Lewca certainly achieves that on moments of “Friday Night Rockstar”, the instrumentals and songs aren’t consistently accessible or that engaging. Tracks such as “I Fell In Love With A Serial Killer” or “Golden God” feel unfinished and chaotic in a way that isn’t enjoyable to listen to and others such as “Radio Gigolo” have the charming humour of the lyrics compromised by repetitiveness. Overall, “Friday Night Rockstar” has some impressive moments and makes for a hilarious listen, but its success as an album could be compromised by it not being a fully refined listening experience throughout.