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Lucy Kruger & The Lost Boys


Lucy Kruger and The Lost Boys
Burning Building
Unique Records / Schubert Music Europe / The Orchard
Release: 19 January 2023

Lucy Kruger & The Lost Boys present ‘Burning Building’, the second single from their forthcoming ‘Heaving’ LP, following their first offering ‘Stereoscope’, released at the end of 2022. The full-length album will be released in spring 2023 via Unique Records, a division of Schubert Music Europe.

Lucy Kruger & The Lost Boys are an art pop ambient noise band whose music is full of atmosphere and intensity. Based in Berlin, the group is fronted by South African-born Lucy Kruger. To encounter her music is to witness a singular journey of constant reflection that produces an ever-widening arc of creativity. This burning psychedelic folk is both intimate and energetic.

A spiky post-punk anthem for our time, this song is both more playful and more intense than the band’s previous work. A chaotic and cathartic doomsday monologue, there is a change-up in tone, sound and subject matter multiple times within its short run-time. The opening groove feels like a dark cheerleading anthem that is soon subsumed by a doom-like rumble, over which Lucy spits a stream of consciousness.

There is a schizophrenic quality to the song, as if it’s been captured within the wrong groove and has to rush to find itself or to escape, hopefully spilling some moments of truth along the way. The first line in the second verse “I’m catwalking out of a Burning Building” brings up the feeling of masquerading in a situation that would be better suited to running.

In April 2022, the band released their third album in the ‘Tapes Trilogy’, signifying a relinquishing of control throughout the course of the three records in terms of both the sonic landscape and the stories brought to life through the lyrics. This song cycle began in 2019 with the band’s debut album ‘Sleeping Tapes for Some Girls’, followed by ‘Transit Tapes (for women who move furniture around)’ in 2021 and the final ‘Teen Tapes (for performing your own stunts)’ in 2022.

Pursuing a slow, steady exploration of what it takes to make music that’s universal, that endures, that draws listeners in, even after countless listens, Lucy Krugar & the Lost Boys continue to explore live performance that drifts between introverted and ecstatic. They have performed at the likes of Rheeperbahn, Fusion, Maifeld Derby, Wave-Gotik Treffen, South of Silence, Immergut, Left of The Dial, and Synästhesie.

As of January 19, ‘Burning Building’ is available from fine music platforms, including Spotify and Apple Music. On April 7, the full ‘Heaving’ LP will be released, followed by her album release show at Berlin’s Lido on May 5. More tour dates kick off in February, running throughout spring. Tickets are now available at https://lklb.tourlink.to/tickets

CREDITS
Music and lyrics written by Lucy Kruger
Mixed by Simon Ratcliffe at Sound & Motion Studios (Cape Town)
Mastered by Uwe Teichert at Elektropolis (Brussels)
Drums, guitars and bass guitars recorded by André Leo (Berlin)
Viola recorded by Jean-Louise Parker (Berlin)
P&C 2023 Unique Records / Schubert Music Europe GmbH
Published by Copyright Control
Video created by Julia Schimautz, Don’t Try Anything New & Cult Wife
Lucy Kruger – vocals, guitar
Liú Mottes – guitar
Jean-Louise Parker – vocals
Martin Perret – drums
Calvin Siderfin – bass
Artist photos by Holger Nitschke

TOUR DATES
Feb 03   Cape Town, South Africa – Gorgeous George
Feb 04   Stellenbosch, South Africa – The Daisy Jones Bar at OMG
Feb 05   Cape Town, South Africa – Café Roux – Cape Town
Apr 04   Freiburg, Germany – Slow Club
Apr 05   Zürich, Switzerland – Fabriktheater Rote Fabrik
Apr 06   Alessandria, Italy – Cascina Bellaria, Sezzadio
Apr 07   Sion, Switzerland – Point 11
Apr 08   Varese, Italy – Circolo Gagarin
Apr 10   Macerata, Italy – Circolo Dong
Apr 10   Fano, Italy – Bagni Elsa Nº3
Apr 12   Bologna, Italy – Efesto
Apr 14   Paris, France – Supersonic
Apr 15   Lille, France – To Be Announced
Apr 16   Amsterdam, Netherlands – Cinetol
Apr 19   Nuremberg, Germany – Z-Bau
Apr 20   Bielefeld, Germany – Johanniskirche
May 02  Leipzig, Germany – Moritzbastei
May 03  Hamburg, Germany – Hafenklang
May 04  Hannover, Germany – Glocksee
May 05  Berlin, Germany – Lido
May 24  Dresden, Germany – Jazz Club Tonne
May 26  Offenburg, Germany – 361 Grad im Spitalkeller
May 27  Esslingen, Germany – Psych In Bloom
May 28  Offenbach, Germany – Hafen 2
Aug 10  Bad Kötzting, Germany – void

Lucy Kruger & The Lost Boys – Burning Building

Lucy Kruger & The Lost Boys – Stereoscope

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