That’s right. A scented candle. Fortunately, for those of us who prefer great music to that weird olfactory combination of vanilla frosting, blueberry muffins and that stuff the elementary school janitor used to clean up vomit, each of the candles the band releases will include a unique code, entitling the bearer to download two brand new Achille Lauro songs — “Low Cha Cha” and “Hand of Sand.” Thanks to Steal This Track, however, you won’t have to wait until the 10th. You can hear “Low Cha Cha” right here, right now.
Over the years, through line-up changes, style changes and haircut changes, Achille Lauro has always managed to turn its release parties into events. Whether the party was nautically themed or tennis themed, the quartet of vocalist and keyboardist Matt Close, guitarist and songwriter Luke Mossman, bassist Jon Evans and drummer Ben Mossman has consistently created unique experiences worth showing up for, and the release of the Achille Lauro scented candle appears to be no exception. Of course, it’s not just about the gimmick — it’s also about some music truly worth hearing.
While neither “Low Cha Cha” nor “Hand of Sand” will catch longtime Achille Lauro fans by surprise, both songs deserve a place in the band’s quirky, catchy canon. Luke Mossman’s jazzy guitar, Ben Mossman’s dynamic drums and Jon Evans’s deft bass create a unique and tasty treat, the chewy center of which is Matt Close’s beautifully eccentric vocals — half rapped, half crooned, all Achille Lauro.
If you like “Low Cha Cha” — which you can stream below — you won’t want to miss the release of the Achille Lauro scented candle on Friday at the Hi-Dive. Supporting the foursome will be dark pop duo Force Publique and cello-drenched trio Land Lines (three-fourths of the band formerly known as Matson Jones). Doors are at 8, and tickets are just $10.
Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live.
If you’re a band or musician ready to expose your fresh sounds to the readers of Reverb, email your tracks — along with any interesting facts about them, as well as a photo or album art — to Eryc Eyl for consideration.
Eryc Eyl is a veteran music journalist, critic and Colorado native who has been neck-deep in local music for many years. Check out Steal This Track for local music you can HEAR, and the Mile High Makeout for stories about Denver musicians doing extraordinary things. Against his mother’s advice, Eryc has also been known to tweet. You can also follow Steal This Track on Twitter. Sorry, Mom.