Wednesday, 10 February 2016


Filthy lucre - Australia

Luke Marsh - Various guitars and Vocals
Ed Noble - Drums and Vocals

Well, I've listened to Mara back to back, and then again after taking a break, and I've been sat here for a while wondering what to say, I mean, there is so much going on with this album!

Its obvious that Filthy Lucre has put its heart and soul into Mara, from obtaining the services of producer Sylvia Massey (Tool, System of a Down, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Prince, Johnny Cash) right down to the illustration and Artwork of Muhamad Lukmanul Hakim. This duo has left no stone unturned......and its the same with the most important aspect of any album, the music within. You name it, Mara has it. Blues, funk, psychedelic, stoner, often during the same track, but not only that, you can be transported back to the 70's, 80's and 90's at the same time, such is the variation here. Even so, Filthy Lucre  never lets Mara unravel, keeping each track on a tight leash, but just about pliant enough for you to feel a sharp  nip if you step a little too close. However, if you get REALLY close then the searing riffs will feel like a blowtorch to the face.

Filthy Lucre deserves the utmost credit for Mara. The band has managed to maintain a remarkably high standard through fourteen tracks when most other bands would have fallen by the wayside with at least two 'fillers'. I'm not going to say which is my favourite track on the album, because such is the quality and diversity, it will be different tomorrow........and the day after that. I only have room to play one track on Grip of Delusion Radio this Saturday, but I really want to play them all.