In 2017, Lewis the long-time drummer for iconic Sydney bush/punk outfit Handsome Young Strangers surprised everyone (including himself!) by impulsively embarking on a solo career. Armed with little more than a battered acoustic guitar he started appearing on stages all over Sydney. In their raw form his songs are folk songs in the purest sense. Slow songs. Sad songs. Songs of love, of love lost, of bad life choices and their effects on others. Whilst the themes of sadness and remorse permeate throughout the tunes, there is an undercurrent of positivity – of an artist searching for clarity and wanting to be a better person.
Lewis released his first solo EP ‘Apathy & Empathy’ (Nebraska/MGM) in 2019, but it was after the extremely well received single ‘Free Dirt’ was released in 2021 (Nebraska/MGM) that the local music community began to take notice.
He then took things to the next level when he put together his cracking 6-piece live band, the Press Gangsters.
The band is a much different beast to the solo show, with the tunes talking on a whole new level of intensity, power and texture. Covering a wide spectrum of styles including folk, alt country and flat-out rock and roll.
Whiskey Helps the Sun Go Down is the first taste of Looch Lewis & The Press Gangsters’ debut album, due in late 2023, and is accompanied by 2 exclusive B-sides that give you a solid idea of Lewis’s musical influences – covers of Warren Zevon’s The Factory and Angry Town by Western Australian legends, The Kill Devil Hills.
Whiskey Helps the Sun Go Down is out now on CD and all Digital platforms.