Lit have returned to the party

California countrification on hold for Orange County punks on seventh album Tastes Like Gold

Lit: Tastes Like Gold cover art
(Image: © Round Hill)

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If Lit had visions of riding into the sunset as grizzled cowpunks, they’ve had to press the pause button. It seems that their audience (now at the second/ third wife, third/fourth child stage – a bit like the band themselves) were not ready for the Nashville nod attached to 2017’s These Are The Days

They wanted more of the drunken laments that the Orange County punks had copyrighted back in the post-grunge daze, preferably with more Boris Johnson-style insincere regret. 

So it’s back to the “that was a helluva party” antics of Yeah Yeah Yeah and the allegedly autobiographical Kicked Off The Plane where, despite singing about ‘the walk of shame’, it’s hard to know how much of the regret is real. 

But they’re still intrigued by that fourth chord, so they’ve tacked on a cover of The CarsLet’s Go at the end to see if they can slip that through.

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.