If you like New Rhythm & Blues Quartet (NRBQ), you’re going to love LuxDeluxe.
“I get excited talking about the Q,” LuxDeluxe frontman Ned King tells BTRtoday. The Massachusetts-based band LuxDeluxe channels the 1960s band NRBQ with smooth melodies paired with experimental sounds and deep vocals.
LuxDeluxe has been playing together since 2009 and has transitioned from singer-songwriter/country music to catchy rock ‘n’ roll with sophisticated instrumentation. King says though they’re influenced by Tom Petty, Iggy Pop and The Beatles, NRBQ has been their biggest inspiration.
“There’s an album by NRBQ called Scraps and that record influenced our sound like an incredible amount,” King gushes. “If you get into NRBQ you realize they’re so good and they have so many amazing records—I think pretty much everybody will like some aspect of that band.”
LuxDeluxe has been able to play with the contemporary lineup of NRBQ and worked with other original members of the band like Terry Adams and Big Al. Their keys player Gabe Bernini, who plays the clavinet, even received lessons from Adams, the original clavinet player for NRBQ.
“For us it’s like hanging out with a Beatle,” King says. “They’re not that famous, so it’s not difficult to just meet them or hang around them.”
LuxDeluxe released their most recent album Let’s Do Lunch this past summer. Of course, heavily influenced by NRQB, they also experimented with the recording and creative process. They recorded outdoors, which added cool outdoorsy sounds to the background and only used a 4-track recorder.
“We could only set up four instruments at a time,” King explains. “In a way it was limiting, but sometimes when you limit yourself you kind of expand your songwriting capabilities.”
He adds that this album is their “chillest” so far and is quite different to their live show experience. The band is particularly notable for their live performances—donning unique outfits and being extremely interactive with the audience. King says they try to make every show the most exciting experience.
“We used to have a movie night, instead of rehearsing and we’d get together and watch like The Stones ’79 tour or an Iggy Pop show,” King says on how they developed their performance. “I move around a ridiculous amount—it’s sort of an emulation of what I like about rock ‘n’ roll from over the years.”
The album kicks off with a one-minute track called “Welcome” that builds up to an introduction spoken, not sung, by King. It transitions into track two, which is heavily influenced by Tom Petty setting the tone to be danceable and gloomy all in one. The album ends with the track “Goodnight”—a slow song, that’s as calming as chamomile tea.
Make sure to catch them in a city near you and hear the entire interview with Ned King and Let’s Do Lunch in its entirety on this week’s The Music Meetup.