Scott Lucas & the Married Men Recording New Music

(JMM) Scott Lucas & the Married Men are in the studio this month to record the follow-up to their 2010 debut George Lassos the Moon and last fall's The Absolute Beginner's EP.

The Local H frontman's seven-piece "solo" band laid down tracks at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio studio, with producer Andy Gerber (the Tossers, Smoking Popes, the Effigies) and engineer Greg Norman (Neurosis, Pinebender, Russian Circles).

The band is finishing the album at Gerber's Million Yen Studios, with renowned metal producer Sanford Parker (Bloodiest, Pelican, Yakuza) lined up to mix it. An early 2012 release on a to-be-determined label is planned.

While still backed by a collective that includes violin, organ and accordion, Lucas describes the new Married Men record as much heavier than their debut. "We're making a country-ish, alt-rock record for people who like metal," he declares. "The shows we've been playing since the first record have gotten progressively louder and heavier. And, I think this record reflects that. I mean, we haven't turned into Slayer or anything. But we're definitely aiming for something epic here."

Scott Lucas & the Married Men have been adding new songs to their live sets for the past year, playing a show of entirely new material at Chicago's Lincoln Hall last month. Fans may recognize "Steady Gaze" and "Lover the Lullaby" on the as-yet-untitled new album, as well as a version of "Ain't No Grave (Gonna Hold This Body Down)," a traditional most recently associated with Johnny Cash, that the band frequently plays live. See video of Scott Lucas & the Married Men performing "Ain't No Grave (Gonna Hold My Body Down)" at Lincoln Hall last month here

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