by Nathan Cardiff

Kansas City band The Lucky have released a fun, fast, and frantic little four-track EP to combat the wintertime blues. The trio balances a bratty, vicious sound with catchy hooks and lyrics (think Best Coast with a lot more grunge).

Dual vocalists Camilla Camille and Jason McKee’s real life relationship is apparent in their songs; cute and carefree at times, but never insincere. The Lucky’s songs have a wry grin on their face, but that smile is full of razor sharp teeth. A band with a ton of attitude, they spit and snarl on the self-titled release. The quick and charming “Lalalalike You” shares the intimate details of new love and grabs you by the hand before planting a big ol’ kiss on you. The Lucky makes you want to cuddle up a little bit closer to that special someone in your life. And if you don’t happen to have a significant other, don’t fret; their punk tunes will get everyone tapping their toes.

Clever and with plenty of sass, The Lucky gets right to the rock and roll. The fuzzy guitar open on “Owl & Me” has just the right amount of grit and seems to fit perfectly with Camille’s lovely voice, in a strange “one of these things is not like the other” sort-of combination (an oddly perfect match).

The Lucky has a knack for the poppy, garage rock love songs on the EP. At just about 15 minutes, the three-piece will have you immediately starting the record over as soon as it ends. It’s catchy, romantic, and smart. “The only ones for me are the mad ones,” McKee growls on the final track, quoting Jack Kerouac. The lead vocalists’ chemistry gives the EP a kind of buzz and Jonathan Thatch’s drumming brings an intense energy to match the racing guitars. It’s more than appropriate that this EP was released around Valentine’s Day; The Lucky will make you swoon with their sinister charm. A lively record that isn’t afraid to get a little dirty.

Favorite Tracks: “Mad One”

by Nathan Cardiff

You can catch The Lucky on Tuesday, March 12th, at the Riot Room in Kansas City.



Nathan has contributed to I Heart Local Music since November 2012. He lives in Kansas City, MO.

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