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Who Are We Kidding?
On his sophomore effort, Luke set out with producer Chris Cubeta to take his music in a matured direction. What they created is a collection of songs that groove and flow like Wesley’s first record, but with a more concise lyrical style coupled with giant synth sounds.
The bulk of this second album was written just before and during recording on a much more accelerated timeline than used previously. Says Luke: “This album was made in a year, from the time I started writing the songs to the time we finished mastering. It was a lot quicker than I had ever done before. The challenge of coming up with 25 songs in a handful of months and then working with those songs to come up with something that you can pare down and be really proud of…it’s gratifying.”
But Luke recognizes that this album was a collaborative effort, “I wrote these songs and then brought them to my regular band (Dave Burnett & Mike Tuccillo). We worked for a few days on tightening up arrangements and figuring out how we wanted to make the songs work, and then we went into the studio with Cubeta. At that point it was a lot of Chris and I going back and forth in the control room as we developed the album you hear now.
“I wanted to make a group of songs that went together stylistically and conceptually, but I get bored easily sometimes so I also wanted the album to have a diversity in its influences.” Luke said about the album, “I think that Chris and I achieved that.”
Because We Never Talk About It
Luke Wesley debuted in 2010 with Because We Never Talk About It, a strong piano-driven rock/pop album produced by Casey Shea and Peter Block at Engine Room Recordings and mastered by Mark Christensen (50 Cent, Langhorne Slim, Raekwon). It’s a great piano driven rock/pop album recorded in Brooklyn, and features the incredible talents of Chris Anderson on bass, Dave Burnett on drums, and Jeff Jacobson on guitar.
With humorous song titles like Hope You Like This Song and Sorry I’m Not Hotter, he doesn’t quite have the personality you’d expect from the genre. There aren’t many other self-taught pianists in the field, and we’re pretty sure he’s the only one to have fallen off of a six story building and walked away with hardly a scratch. But in spite of this unconventional background, Luke Wesley brings to the table some of the catchiest, most polished piano rock the genre has seen in a long time. Wesley’s goals on Because We Never Talk About It are modest. “All we are trying to do with the album is make a really solid pop album that isn’t super-overproduced and remains true to the live shows,” he says. At its heart, this album is simply a very well constructed pop album.
“Because We Never Talk About It is an infectious pop rock record, plain and simple. Wesley knows how to draw the listener in with catchy piano beats and witty lyrics.” – Bill Sullivan, The Rock and Roll Report
“In 38 short minutes, he bears his soul and the end results are nothing short of stunning.” – Gregory Robson, absolutepunk.com
“The production and arrangements are uncluttered, creating faithful reproductions of the singer’s popular solo gigs on New York’s Lower East Side. Altogether, this debut album announces the arrival of a competent and occasionally inspired singer/songwriter.” – Paula Carino, Allmusic
“Luke displays his razor sharp wit alongside his perfectly crafted pop.” – Atlas and the Anchor
“His piano chops, tuneful voice and heart-on-the-sleeve lyrics are so refreshing.” – Greg, resident media pundit