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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Legal Immigrants



LOOKOUT SUMMER! - There's just something about mid-west, blue collar blues that does us all in. And it's with that in mind that I share today's spotlight artists, some up-and-comers from Michigan in a rock band called, The Legal Immigrants. The band live and breathe the staple fruits of rock's past (Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath) and some of it's latest influences (moderns like The White Stripes) but there's a slow, glory that rises in these otherwise scrappy tunes that makes me really dig what I'm hearing. The heat of the summer brings the band's new album, Drugs to Roses (July 3.) Recorded at Goon Lagoon Studios in Grand Rapids with producer Dick Chiclet, the record was completed in six, five-hour sessions with a few extra days for the mixing and mastering process. The Legal Immigrants are Joe Bockheim, Trevor Reidsma, Tony Lubenow, and Kevin Kitsch. Get in now..


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The first single off the album, “Fork in the Road,” revolves around making decisions with an underlying theme of hypocrisy. There are literal and symbolic lyrics in this song. Bockheim explains, “I went to catholic school growing up, so got many a hefty helping of the gospel.” “Move the plank that’s been stuck in your eye and I’ll give you a stone to throw” is the gospel inspired line. There’s this one story where Jesus is calling people out for being hypocritical and talks about removing the plank in your eye before pointing out the speck in someone else’s eye. He says, “Now as a kid, the image in my head was someone walking around with a five foot 2x6 board in their eye.”


LYRICS

Well hello doll, fancy that I might find you this way
There’s some shame in the things that you’ve done
What you chose at the fork in the road
Need a judge now, who’s to blame when everyone’s wrong
Move the plank that’s been stuck in your eye
And I’ll give you a stone to throw
Was it worth it or not, might find out by tomorrow
Blind hindsight
You’re a star child and I knew that before your rite
And forgot most of what you did wrong
But it wasn’t worth that life
But through it all child, I will wish you well each day
Despite all the harm that ya done
What you chose at the fork in the road
Was it worth it or not, we’ll find out by tomorrow
Blind hindsight
Cause all anybody could ever really want it love
You’re wasting your time
Sparks flying but the flame just won’t start
Leaving me all alone in the dark
Dwelling on all the cruel things you said
My covers blown and I’m not sure what to do
Can’t keep my minds lonely eye off of you
Dwelling on all the cruel things you said
Oh oh oh oh

Don’t you worry about another thing
Was only a matter of time
A fool to think I’d be the one keeping you in line
Wastin’ your time
Well it worked for a while but I’m starting over
Blind hindsight
You’re insane as defined with the world on your shoulders
Change my mind



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THE LEGAL IMMIGRANTS
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