Posted: 01 Aug 2004
Now for something a little different on this edition of Independent Artist Plug.
Lucky Pierre, aka Kevin McMahon, used to go by the moniker Prick. Yep, that Prick. He signed to Nothing and had a self-titled album produced by Trent Reznor, which ended up being a pretty big hit in the goth/industrial scene most notably for the singles "Communique" and "Animal." A lot of people fell out of touch with him after that; though he put out another album under the Prick name, he soon disappeared from public view.
Well, I'm here to tell you he's back and doing it completely on his own. On a tip from WAxl, I checked out a track from the new independent Lucky Pierre album, ThinKing, and was almost immediately hooked. The sound was a lot like that on Prick, which is what I'd been looking for over the last ten years. A sequel, if you will. I ordered it directly from luckypierremusic.com through PayPal. After a few days, it showed up at my door. I threw it in the fileserver and gave it a few listens while playing Mario Golf (which is a pretty common activity these days, actually).
Imagine my disappointment when I discovered that it was not, actually, a sequel to Prick. It's definitely Kevin McMahon's distinct trademarked voice, but these were not the songs of poignant emotional frustration and channeled anger that I was expecting. Not at all, actually.
McMahon's still here to absolutely fuck with your emotions, don't get me wrong. He can tell a story in a song as well as or better than any of his contemporaries, jumping and gliding from highs to lows to in-betweens as if you were there, yourself. It's amazing. The subject matter, though, is much more quirky, possibly even upbeat at times, and definitely far-removed from classics such as "No Fair Fights" and "I Apologize." This is not a problem, though. I promise you. If you at all liked Prick for his musical sensibilities and genius, take a chance on this album.
I won't lie to you, here. I don't like every song. Among the ones I generally skip are "Saint of Blue" and "Cosmic Kids." As with any good album, though, the highs outweigh the lows by far. The tracks I can't stop listening to include "Attitude" (see below), "Seamus Running," an odd track with a confusing pun for the title/chorus, "Automatic," one of two tracks that flat-out rocks on here, "Sidewalking," a tune about all of his scars, and "Johnny Goes to Paris," a jaunty, clever tale of a young American boy's sexual escapades in Paris. Actually, they appear to be grouped entirely in tracks 5-9. Interesting. I'm also a fan of "Cloud," the aforementioned suggestion from WAxl, which I'd heartily recommend for those who, like, me, needed a little catalyst between Prick and ThinKing.
The one song I'm completely taken with at the moment is "Attitude." I'm not entirely sure of my whole interpretation of the lyrics, but it's essentially an exploration of past unpleasantness coupled with a very farcical, tongue-in-cheek look at a brighter future that ends up just coming full-circle. It's one of those tracks that just grabs me, I'll never be able to explain it. There were a bunch like that on Prick, though -- "No Fair Fights" comes to mind -- which leads me to believe it's not the style, nor era, but the musician through and through.
So, in conclusion, I heartily recommend this album unless you're too afraid of change. Check it out with an open mind and I'm almost certain you'll be pleasantly surprised. You can order a copy directly from the artist at luckypierremusic.com. For some samples and lyrics, check the merchandise page. It has "Cloud" and "Automatic," which should be enough to get you to order it.
With luck, it won't be another five years between albums this time. Watch this space for info on new stuff as I know about it (or, actually, better to watch his site as I'm a little slow sometimes). Over and out.