Friday, February 22, 2019

L.E.S.R. - s/t ep (1984, L.E.S.)

Yet another lost cause when it comes to surveying pertinent info on Google, but a sheer treat for the ears.  The seemingly background-less L.E.S.R. (no, I don't have a clue as to what their acronym references) were your basic four-piece set up: vox/gits/bass/drums, who probably had a bevy of obvious accusations leveled at them back in the day - rootsy bar rock, power pop, and perhaps more inaccurately, even rockabilly.  No need to fret over cataloging this NYC quartet, because their searing strain of saucy, no frills rock was effective as-all-get-out.  Call 'em a more pedestrian Flamin' Groovies if you will, or perhaps a succinct foreshadowing of what the Georgia Satellites would ride into the top-ten in a couple years  Whatever the case, L.E.S.R. made a devastating case for themselves inside of 600 seconds or so. 

01. Ain't Got the Money
02. 166 Norfolk
03. Sane
04. Jealousy


Dan Geist said...

I'd bet the acronym stands for Lower East Side Rock (or Rockers). Fun stuff.

Alex said...

I'm not sure whether to ask here or on the original post, but would you be able to reupload Doll Congress' self-titled EP? If you're not too busy :) Thanks for the blog, I've discovered a lot of excellent music here!

Cam Patterson said...

My recollection is that the name stands for Lower East Side Rebels. Here is Robert Christgau's brief review from July 1984: " Grittier but less muscular is L.E.S.R. (L.E.S.), in which graduates of the Kingpins remember their roots Del-Lords style to tell true tales of poverty on the L.E.S., including "166 Norfolk," a true tale of the joys of heroin.

Unknown said...

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kurganwins said...

Great band thanks

Unknown said...

I found and spoke with Eddy Lawrence on Facebook, this is what he said about the band:
"Yes, that is me. LESR stood for Lower East Side Rockers. We were roots rock band based in Lower Manhattan in the early 1980s. Thanks for asking."