The Black Lemons Release EP Don't Own the Future
The Black Lemons sophomore release is a five song EP entitled Don't Own the Future. The Lemons have made a record for these uncertain times, taking on a range of social issues, from opiate addiction in Misery Now, a power pop expression of frustration and empathy, to economic inequality in the powerful punk anthem Rich White Men (Don’t Own the Future).
The record punctuates topical observations with surprising stabs of emotional honesty, all laid out in the Lemons trademark pleasing sense of pop craft. The cut Maeumui Bunggoe, (Korean for “mind collapse”) features Adrian Belewesque guitar, wailing over Simon’s demented vocals, conveying the shock and dismay that followed Trump’s election. Record of the City serves as a layered metaphor, in which hopeful musicians throw away their best attributes in the hope of becoming famous, while at the same time, Music City, Nashville (home to the Lemons), demolishes it’s culture to attract more money, and more residents.
Don’t Own the Future finds The Black Lemons both filling out and simplifying their sound, at the same time. Drummer Scot Sax provides grooves that are more developed and interesting than in previous Lemon’s releases, while Jay Lawrence brings his steady hand and chord sense providing an anchor for the rhythm section. Stephen Simon continues to shift his bass lines between melodic and throbbing, finding just what is needed to pull you in.
In all, Don’t Own the Future is a fascinating snapshot of our culture in a time of flux, and of a band at that is synced up with the present moment and not the least bit afraid to shout in it’s face.