LENNY LASHLEY’S GANG OF ONE: All Are Welcome: LP

Darkbuster front man Lenny Lashley’s latest side-project presents a powerful selection of melodic, catchy punk that Darkbuster fans will adore. Musically, this LP could have easily been released under the Darkbuster moniker, although I suppose the songs are a bit more personal and serious than most Darkbuster tunes. I cringe to call it “mature,” but it does show a level of growth that might not be expected from a talent known for his incessant jocularity. There are a couple of faster tracks, but it’s generally mid-tempo, with Lashley’s voice of gold shining through on every entry. Hopefully it’s checked out by more than just Darkbuster aficionados, but then again, who isn’t a Darkbuster fan? –Art Ettinger (Pirates Press)