Title - 'Threesome Vol. 1' [EP]
Artist - The Lickerish Quartet
For those not in the know, The Lickerish Quartet (not to be confused with the 1970 Italian erotic film of the same name) is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 2017.
Consisting of keyboardist Roger Manning, guitarist Eric Dover, and bassist Tim Smith, each former members of the band Jellyfish, they released the EP Threesome Vol. 1 in May of 2020 and are scheduled to release two more by September 2021.
Dover joined the band during the 1993 tour supporting their second album Spilt Milk. After their breakup in 1994, Manning and Dover formed Imperial Drag, a band which lasted until 1997.
Meanwhile, Smith formed one-half of the band Umajets and recorded the 1995 album Demolotion with help from Manning and Dover. This marked the last time the three musicians played together until 2017.
By the 2010s, Smith had relocated to Atlanta, while Manning and Dover stayed in Los Angeles. The Lickerish Quartet began forming in early 2017 when Manning reached out to Smith with the intent "to continue in the tradition of a lot of the pop/rock stylings" that he had appreciated.
He then reached out to Dover as well. Without the direct goal of recording, the trio got together for several writing sessions, each lasting around a week long, and ultimately produced 12 songs (Jeremy Stacey was recruited to play drums on the recordings).
As aforementioned, the first release is entitled Threesome Vol. 1, and released through Lickerish Quartet/Label Logic, brings forth four brand new songs.
2. 'Bluebird's Blues'
3. 'There Is A Magic Number'
4. 'Lighthouse Spaceship'
This sprightly EP opens with the foot-tappin' melodies of 'Fadoodle' backing that up with the lo-fi, mid-tempo storytelling of 'Bluebird's Blues,' and then the free wheeling, pliable musical assonance of 'There Is A Magic Number.'
Saving the best for last, in my humble opinion, the near seven-minute epic 'Lighthouse Spaceship' is not only a quite wondrous musical adventure akin to both ELO and Queen, but with its power pop bounce and crisp guitar and keyboard work, it oozes free flowing harmonies that will have you smiling from ear to ear for days!
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