Wrapping up our premiere Friday, we are going for a swim as we team up with Lucky 757 for the exclusive stream of their latest album “Lonesome Lagoon.” An instrumental journey into the past when Surf and Rock were coming together to get youngsters dance on and out the beach.
About the album, the band comments:
We were originally drawn to surf rock because we grew up on and loved the sound of The Ventures, Dick Dale, and The Safaris. We started learning a lot of their tunes and wanted to put out our own take of surf instrumental music so we started writing some tunes. Mar Agitado came first which translates as, Rough Seas. We loved it and knew we had to keep going after that!
Lucky 757 started out as a rockabilly band playing tunes from Gene Vincent (from our hometown in VA) and his Blue Caps, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and others. This paved the way for us to get into surf rock just as Dick Dale had played rockabilly before pioneering surf music. Nokie Edwards of The Ventures also played with Buck Owens and the Buckaroos. Both genres were critical to popularizing the whammy bar and use of reverb which are still widely used.
Portsmouth, VA-based, modern surf band Lucky 757 pay tribute to the founding pioneers of the early rock n roll and rockabilly from the 50’s and 60’s. Their high energy take on American roots music nods it’s hat to the genres forbears – Dick Dale, Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry and Gene Vincent. The latter sharing the same hometown of Portsmouth, area code 757.
The band formed in 2014 around core songwriting team of father/son duo Danny (rhythm guitar and backup vocals) and Cory (lead vocals and lead guitar). Wielding their twin Gretsch guitars, Danny and Cory deliver the classic hollow body sound in spades, drenched in Copycat tape echo, and aided by the vintage rockabilly rhythm section of Sam Haga (upright bass, electric bass, producer, and backup vocals) Angel Lopez (all things drums and percussion, backup vocals)
Together, the quartet set off to deliver their high-energy, feel good vibes all over Virginia and down the coast, playing alongside The Screaming Rebel Angels and opening for Rev. Horton Heat and Big Sandy and tearing up big stages such as the Gretsch stage at Lake Havasu Rockabilly Reunion (NV), and the Rats Nest Run Inn (NY), and the Americana Music Fest (Virginia Beach).They released their debut self-titled album in 2015 and quickly followed up with a second album was tracked in a feverish all night session at Sun Studios in Memphis in May of 2016. Both releases were praised by the rockabilly community and found airplay on radio stations around the world, eventually landing them a feature in Rockabilly Deluxe Magazine.
While their music might be perceived as nostalgic, the band is aggressively pushing the genre forward with contemporary influences. Their forthcoming album, Lonesome Lagoon, may elicit hang tens, banana palms, gogo boots and Ennio Morricone scores, yet it is structured in a way that feels fresh and current – a modern take on the classic rockabilly surf sound.