Lettuce has announced the forthcoming release of their next studio album, to be titled, Resonate, and due out this spring on May 8th via Round Hill Records. The album’s announcement on Wednesday morning should be a wonderful start-of-the-day surprise for fans of the funk band, as it comes just months after Lettuce released their Grammy-nominated Elevate LP this past summer.
The band’s announcement also came with the arrival of its lead single, entitled, “Checker Wrecker”. The nearly-six minute, horn-filled track hears the band team up with veterans of the Washington, D.C. scene in Big Tony Fisher (Trouble Funk) and Tyrone “Jungle Boogie” Williams (Rare Essence).
Big Tony wastes no time in making his presence known as he quickly belts out, “Add a little bit of that trouble funk with some Lettuce baby!” The groovy tune bounces along with lightning-strike horn fills and a vibrant beat to match. Although the track is an instrumental, Big Tony’s commentary certainly helps to liven up the already-booming energy with more lines like, “Put some stank on it!” and “Hey Shmeeans, give me one of them funky solos!”
“Go-go music is the style of music that links funk to hip-hop and this song is a tribute to that groove. Having Tony and Boogie, iconic go-go legends, as features on the track gives it even more of a boost in energy and swagger,” Lettuce said about their latest recording in a statement via press release.
Listen to the band’s brand new single featuring Big Tony Fisher and Jungle Boogie Williams in full below.
Lettuce – “Checker Wrecker”
The 11 total tracks to appear on Resonate were recorded at the same Colorado studio as Elevate with help from producer Russ Elevado.
The band added about their forthcoming follow-up to 2019’s Elevate,
Resonate is a definite continuation of the vibe of ‘Elevate’. There’s brand-new tracks on it along with some stuff that we’ve only played live at shows. When listening ‘Resonate’, we hope you can feel the groove, be moved to dance and allow it to shine a bright, positive light on any lingering negative vibes. We want the good vibes we have as brothers, a band, and musicians to resonate with those that hear this record and see us live. We’re stoked for all our peeps to hear it!
“Then there’s another one after that that will come soon, too. We’re on some prolific… we want to release a lot of stuff right now,” Lettuce guitarist Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff told Live For Live Music of their plans for more new music on the horizon in an interview last month. “We want to keep the momentum going. We want to keep our people engaged with new music. Between stuff we recorded with the symphony and stuff that we’ve been doing video-wise, I just think you’re going to hear and see a lot more Lettuce over the next couple years.”
Lettuce just kicked off a run of U.K. and European tour dates earlier this week, which will keep the band on the road across the pond until March 13th.
Head to the band’s website for album pre-order, and ticket info for their upcoming performances.
2. Good Morning Mr. Shmink
4. Checker Wrecker
5. Silence Is Golden
7. Mr. Dynamite
8. Remember The Children
10. House of Lett
Fans along the east coast will get the chance to catch members of Lettuce including Adam Deitch (drums), Nigel Hall (keys), Eric “Benny” Bloom (horns) and Ryan Zoidis (horns) who will team up with their former guitarist Eric Krasno (Soulive) along with Nick Daniels and Ian Neville (Dumpstaphunk) for their special Dr. Klaw performance at Brooklyn Comes Alive at Avant Gardner on Saturday, March 21, 2020.
Additionally, Bloom and Zoidis will join Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company) for his special iteration of his ever-evolving project, Oteil & Friends, alongside pianist/keyboardist Jeff Chimenti (Dead & Company), guitarists including Eric Krasno (Soulive), Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), and many more.
Tickets to Brooklyn Comes Alive 2020 are on sale now. A festival pass to Brooklyn Comes Alive grants attendees access to the full schedule of programming across both stages, including the late-night sets. Fans can also purchase late-night-only passes, which grant attendees access to The Great Hall only from 12:00 a.m.–4:00 a.m. Brooklyn Comes Alive late-night passes can be purchased here.