The LottsThe Lotts: We Are The Lotts – EP review

We Are The Lotts EP

(Whispering Pines)


Released Friday 24th July

Introducing Warrington newcomers The Lotts is nothing short of exciting, as they hit home with a great debut of no nonsense garage rock reckons Wayne Carey.

Artwork by Uncle Dad (Mac DeMarco, The Breeders, The Residents, Jonathan Richman)

The Lotts are what you need in a band right now before the lockdown eases and we can see live bands once more. They have the excitement and fucked up rush of new Manchester upstarts like The C33s and the melody of local heroes Twisted Wheel.

We Are The Lotts is a garage rush full of bollocks, as is I Don’t, another rush of gutter garage punk that ends abrubtly. No fucking about with guitar solos here. Dumb rolls on through with excitement and you can feel the sweat of a small venue (don’t make me cry) running down your isolation beaten speakers.

Preacher Man is more melodic and gives off a hint of what these lads are capable of when the starting gun is fired to let us back into our beloved venues. The only slow down for an out there Mouth which shows a psychedelic side courtesy of the great production, which is simple yet hard hitting. A weird little number which evokes the spirit of The Velvets.

Here’s a little rundown of the band themselves…

Formed in 2018, The Lotts’ ferocious live set encapsulates everything that the band stand for. do it fast, do it loud. It was this mindset they first took to Rockfield Studios (Monmouth) in 2018. The intention was to record 3 tracks and see what happened. They recorded 16 tracks in 3 days, all live and straight to tape.

This began their relationship with Thighpaulsandra (aka Tim Lewis), most notable for his production work with Julian Cope, Cocteau Twins, Coil and Tim Burgess. Working in this way was a welcome change for Lewis and was reminiscent of bands he’d engineered in his early career at studios including Loco and Coach House Studios in Bristol where he worked alongside artists including Portishead and Massive Attack

In September 2019 the band returned to Rockfield. Once again they worked at a phenomenal pace tracking more than 5 songs per day over 3 days. Lewis then mixed the tracks at Aerial studios, Brechfa through the very same mixing desk that had been used to Record Portishead’s “Dummy”.

The band’s main influences are Beefheart, Zappa, The Stooges and The New York Dolls with a hefty blend of the Velvet Underground. Yet intriguingly these artists only became known to the band when other people began making comparisons. At first the Lotts were just doing what they did; it wasn’t about copying anyone. They were inspired to pick up guitars by Ty Segall and Mac Demarco but the sound that evolved was from another era entirely.

As far as the band are concerned it’s Garage Punk.  “It’s just simple energetic rock, what’s wrong with that? We don’t write songs to tick a certain box or whatever. It’s music for people who like it simple and stupid” (Henry, guitar and vocals)

“Simple and a bit gross” according to Adam (lead guitar). “We just want people to get weird with us, you know?”

Reviews of the band’s live performances from their most recent UK tour describe them as raw and exciting driven by chaotic energy.

“An entertaining romp with raised guitars and guttural rasps”

“Turned a family pub into a mosh pit. SHOCKING!!!!!!!”

Independent venue week kicked off a number of gigs across the country including Manchester, London and Brighton culminating in a ferocious Liverpool show for top promoters EVOL.

Things just sort of happen at Lotts gigs. Wanna get weird?


Henry Bucanan – Vocals & Guitar

Adam Bridge – Guitar

Joel Norton – Drums

Jamie Evans – Bass

A cracking debut from a band that mean it. No thrills, no nonsense garage from a bunch of energetic firebrands who are here to fuck shit up!



Words by Wayne Carey who writes for Louder Than War. His author profile is here

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