“A genuinely irritating five minutes,” he says of shoot for Zappa-influenced tune from upcoming “Etc.” Hear it now via Relix.
Nick Lutsko as photographed by Harris Oates
Nick Lutsko – In The Press
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Ever seen a wicked solo performed by a guitarist being pelted with hot dogs? Skip straight to the shredding here!
“We bought as many hotdogs as $20 could buy, which happened to be about 200 hot dogs,” says Chattanooga-based musician Nick Lutsko about the off-the-cuff video for “ALL SHOOK UP,” the latest single from his upcoming Etc. album.
In the clip, Lutsko’s father, girlfriend, and friends joined in on throwing hot dogs at him as he attempted to perform the song. A friend of Lutsko’s cousin also got into the act, posting a link on Reddit which helped the video gain 17,000 views over the weekend. “It was a genuinely irritating five minutes,” Lutsko jokes of the shoot.
The song itself is a commentary on “sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll” that was inspired by Frank Zappa.
“There’s a quote from Gustave Flaubert that I saw in Zappa’s autobiography,” Lutsko says. “It reads, ‘Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.’” He continues, explaining “I see a lot of guys who are trying to complete their rock n’ roll checklist and end up losing themselves entirely.”
“ALL SHOOK UP” appears on Etc., Lutsko’s upcoming sophomore album. While his debut was a decidedly folk record, Etc. is decidedly not. The shift in sonic style on Etc. actually represents Lutsko’s newfound ability to realize a sound that he was logistically unable to record during his initial dip in the waters of record-making.
This time around, Lutsko has captured a sound that curiously, but accurately, designates him one of the few musicians on Facebook listing their genre as “Folk/Funk/Blues.” Loud drums, crazy bass, and dirty guitar solos are all in the mix on Etc., an ambitious album that never sacrifices a hummable melody or clever turn of phrase to simply stand out as eclectic.
Etc., the new album from Nick Lutsko, arrives on March 17th, 2015. Lutsko is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
Nick Lutsko – Live
03/20 Knoxville, TN @ Preservation Pub
04/10 Chattanooga, TN @ JJ's Bohemia Record Release Show
06/13 Chattanooga, TN @ Riverbend Festival Chevy Truck Corral Stage, 6PM
(S/R – March 17th, 2015)
01. Cherry Red Medicine
05. Dreaming of Medusa
06. Geranium Thief
07. By & By
08. (You Aren’t So) Beautiful
09. Thanks to Uncle Stacy
10. Remember Me
11. Morning Star
Nick Lutsko Links
Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion