We first heard from Electric Standard a year ago, upon the release of their two-track EP Electric Standard Time. That record introduced The Static Dive readers to a trio of veteran Boston rockers who cut their teeth on the stages of their hometown’s legendary music scene. The band came together in 2015 to make music inspired by rock, blues and soul classics from across the decades.
Electric Standard dropped their debut single, a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Loving Cup”, in 2016. Since then, the power-trio of Drew Dunphy (vocals, guitar), Seth Peterson (bass), and Mark Walsh (drums) have released four singles, an EP and two full length albums. Their latest hit shelves on January 25, 2023.
Lady Luck & the Grand Vizier is the brand new sophomore full-length release from Electric Standard, available worldwide via all major streaming services. The eleven-track record continues the adventurous band’s exploration of the sounds that shaped rock & roll. From the Grateful Dead-meets-Waterboys roots rock of tracks like “Roll That Lonely Roll” and “Half of Half” to the John Prine-style Americana folk/rock philosophy of “Don’t Send Me Your Money”, they proudly wear their influences on their collective sleeve.
“If You Took the Long Way” is some nice REM-inspired, jangly guitar college rock, and the group’s organic arrangement of the Culture Club classic “Time (Clock of the Heart)” highlights the song’s deep soul roots. They drop some Chicago blues on “Whenever You’re Around, I Leave Town” and dig deep into the Delta on the tongue-in-cheek acoustic “Give Me Back My Wig”. Elsewhere, Dunphy steps on the distortion pedal for rockers like “Child of Darkness”.
Through all of Electric Standard’s stylistic experimentation, the song remains king. The band’s commitment to the story and their appreciation of a great hook are the threads that tie the record together. It’s a fun listen for any fan of quality singer/songwriter rock & roll.
Check out Lady Luck & the Grand Vizier in its entirety below, or listen on your favorite streaming service. You can also hear the songs “Child of Darkness” and “Time (Clock of the Heart)” on the Deep Indie Dive playlist. Follow the links below to connect with Electric Standard.
Recorded, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Bill Mason at Second Story Studios. Featuring guest spots from Bird Mancini as well as vocalists Angelina Avedano and Mark Rocheteau. Tarot-themed album cover was created by Zach Peterson.