AngelUpset The Rhythm
UTR 123 LP
***LUNCH LADY are a sparky group from Los Angeles redolent of the desert heat, pining hearts and that chorus-soaked cloak of sound held dear by followers of British early '80s post-punk. Numbering four, Lunch Lady consist of RACHEL BIRKE (vocals), JUAN VELASQUEZ (guitar), VICTOR HERRERA (bass), and ROBERT WOLFE (drums). The band began in 2017 when Velasquez asked Birke if she'd like to start a new music project with him, their respective other groups ABE VIGODA and HELLER KELLER having co-existed in LA's DIY orbit. Lunch Lady's dreamy punk forays into country ballad territory certainly swoop into sentiment, but it's the melancholy of artifice that defines their outlook. The album swims with a type of anxious nostalgia. Birke's cover art of a flaming Cadillac falling through the sky is a case in point. Edition of 300.