Filthy Lucre might play rock'n'roll with an ethos worthy of the Mississippi Delta, but their sound is distinctly Australian. This is desert blues of a very unique kind: where a cigar box guitar makes perfect sense next to the didgeridoo, and where heavy grooves are delivered with a palpable earthiness.
Blues music has always been in the business of challenging power structures, and Filthy Lucre don't shy away from this either, delivering the kind of songwriting with a real edge. Writing lyrics that are delivered with passion, the duo refreshingly compose words that actually mean something.
With only two members, Luke Marsh (guitars/vocals) and Ed Noble (drums/vocals), Filthy Lucre manage to pump out a truly massive sound. Their incendiary live performances are quite something to behold, and yet they manage to recreate this power in their recordings, as with their much anticipated 14 track debut album, Mara, which dropped earlier this year to critical acclaim.
When the pair came together in 2012, their simple aim was to play covers for money, hence the name of the band. But the music chemistry the pair shared soon meant that original material took priority and a dynamic EP resulted. In those first two years they played over a hundred gigs, expanding their sound from traditional blues to stoner rock and big grooves.
Support slots with the likes of Truckfighters,Tex Perkins, Sun of Man, Ash Grunwald, Dallas Frasca, and The Beards soon followed, and the outfit then travelled to the US to record their debut LP with Sylvia Massy, who's worked with the likes of Prince, Tool, Johnny Cash and Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
Following a sell out album launch, the South Australians have toured up and down the east coast Australia and are about to embark on their biggest touring adventure yet: heading to play shows in Europe and the UK, including appearances at Lake on Fire Festival (Austria), Seeknificance Festival (Austria) and Sound Violence Festival (Portugal).