Chicago has known Mike Lust for decades as a powerful figure on both sides of the microphone. To speak of his time as frontman for Tight Phantomz is to speak of a Rock and Roll apparition bursting with charismatic song-craft. The group’s epic 36-track double album, Silk Prison, is the reach of imagination meeting the grasp of talent, a special wonderment with songs that reached millions through appearances in both film and television, (including the hit series Breaking Bad).
As a complement to this inventory of bonafide bonafides, one can look to Lust’s reputation as an experienced force in the recording studio. In addition to being the sound engineer for The AV Club’s A.V. Undercover series, he’s also produced or engineered albums by Urge Overkill, William Elliott Whitmore, Joan of Arc, and Russian Circles, to name just a few.
Lust has released a new single and an accompanying video for “Danceteria” off his upcoming album Demented Wings, which will be released via Forge Again Records. With ten songs in 25 minutes, Demented Wings, is a sprint of distorted smears, crushed percussion, and weirdly-appropriate vocal swagger that smashes Dream Pop, Garage Rock, Electronic, Folk, and more all into a tight succession — sometimes in the same song. This self-recorded, self-produced album is a tremendous achievement, a singular vision with an evergreen reach.
Watch the video for “Danceteria” below and keep checking back for more from Mike Lust!
Like what you hear? Of course you do! Pre-order your copy of Demented Wings today via Forge Again Records!