It’s been a long time coming, but on Tuesday night at the Nitro Bar in West Reading, Berks County Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Dave and Amy Lewis will finally celebrate the release of their band’s latest album, MO7S. , labeled “4”.
The album, recorded at Gangsta Beagle Studios in the dog lover’s home in Exeter Township and featuring vibrant cover art by local painter Phil VanCoeur, was actually released last September, but given the constraints of the pandemic of COVID-19, it’s taken so long for the stars to align to give it a proper celebration.
“It’s probably the best album I’ve ever been on,” Dave said in a phone call last week. “Every time MO7S makes a record, we try to make it better (than the previous one), and I think we definitely did that this time.”
The chemistry of this husband and wife team, which extends to their penchant for finishing each other’s sentences, shines through loud and clear on the 10 tracks, which they wrote collaboratively and on which they shared lead vocals. .
They’ve made a few changes to their studio since releasing their 2019 album, “Big Deal,” including adding new microphones and an amplifier, and enjoyed experimenting with their new toys.
The original plan when they revamped the studio was to record the album live with a full band, but quarantine put a stop to that idea.
Instead, for all but one of the songs, they found themselves sharing files with bassist Terry O’Boyle and drummer Chris Cummings, who recorded their parts in their own home studios, and the Lewises. took from there.
The result is an album with 2020s production values but a retro sound that could have fit in perfectly with the 1970s rock landscape, especially when heard on the limited edition clear vinyl they put out. available.
“That’s when I started learning to play guitar and I started discovering music, it was in the 70s,” Dave said. “I started digging through my parents’ record collection. I started taking guitar lessons in 76. So that was my decade.
Amy’s voice is also reminiscent of 70s rockers.
“Especially (the song) ‘Nothing’s Changed’ has a kind of Fleetwood Mac vibe, as far as 70s vocals go,” she said.
Dave said their new amp inspired him to rediscover some of the guitar sounds he loved growing up and incorporate them into this album, using guitars he built himself.
“It was fun trying to squeeze different sounds out of what we built and said. ‘Hey, look, they can do all these different things,'” he said.
The 10 songs vary stylistically, from country to edgy rock ‘n’ roll, and the Lewises wouldn’t have it any other way, as this exchange illustrates:
Dave: “I still like it. Some bands make a career out of making the same album over and over.
Amy: “That’s not a bad thing.”
Dave: “Good. AC/DC made a career out of it, and that’s what people love about them.
Amy: “And that’s great.”
Dave: “It’s basically MO7S but we released a mix tape, but we just wrote and recorded everything. You might get a song that has a country accent; you have punk (“That’s Right”, the only song that was recorded live, with Kerry Renninger on drums). The song “She Don’t Care”, there’s very little guitar in that song – there’s a lot of strings and production on it. And someone may or may not have been murdered during this song. I don’t know (laughs). It depends on the listener.
Amy: “Clarification: (murdered) in song lyrics.”
Dave: “Well, not during the recording.”
Kidding aside, one thing is clear, Tuesday night at Nitro Bar promises to be a fun time. Country crooner Cody Tyler will open the show with a solo acoustic set at 8:30 p.m., then the Lewises will perform with O’Boyle on bass and Chuck Steinle on drums.
“So it’s going to be a full band,” Dave said. “It’s just a matter of going out, blowing off steam and finally saying something. It’s a bit of a final hurrah.
If you are going to
Event: MO7S album release celebration
When: 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday
Where: Nitro Bar, 416 Penn Ave, West Reading
Besides: “4” is available on mo7smusic.com