Song of the Day: Lurky Tunes – “Hold On


Chomsky’s Sean Halleck has been busy writing songs during the band’s nearly 20-year hiatus. Finally we have a new record – and it’s a damn good one.

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Lurky Tunes – “Hold On”
RIYL: waiting for a good thing for almost 20 years.
What else do you need to know: Aside from various reunion shows with his beloved band Chomsky, vocalist/guitarist Sean Halleck has been the least visible here. While guitarist Glen Reynolds has released solo material, played in the big Smiths/Morrissey Panic tribute act, and worked with Talib Kweli (among many others), bassist James Driscoll is a busy session musician and the drummer Matt Kellum played in an early version of Panic, Halleck has been at home writing songs.

After Chomsky went on hiatus from his 2004 album, Land let’s go to the second, Halleck hasn’t released any new material since. Eighteen long years later, we now have a seven-song EP called Emergency point 1 under the name Lurky Tunes. Featuring covers of The Pixies’ “Gouge Away” and Prince’s “Dirty Mind,” the standout original is today’s song of the day, the opener, “Hold Tight.”

From the opening jangly chord to the tight selection of verses, the hooks go straight to your cerebellum. A part of the excellent Chomsky did not miss anything of his absence. Singing a little lower than what we’re used to hearing, it’s very much in line with the kind of writing he’s known for.

Halleck’s songwriting has been rather hard to identify for decades. He loves XTC, but he doesn’t quite sound like the magic power pop of Andry Partridge and company – the same can be said for the police. Her voice and songwriting do not appear to be explicitly drawn from a single act. It’s just Sean Halleck.

The seven titles on Emergency point 1 were recorded only a few weeks ago at Pleasantry Lane Studios, all with an acoustic guitar and a vocal microphone. He wanted to release these songs raw and without the constraints of overthinking or tinkering.

“I’m pretty happy with how they came out,” Halleck said on his site. “And know that you can change your whole world in less than a weekend.”

He added: “I have nothing to sell at this point. Nothing to promote. Just checking the tunes. Who knows where this might lead.

It’s in this biased writer’s opinion that these tracks lead to more than one of North Texas’ best songwriters.

Lurky Tunes – “Hold On”


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