In amongst the absolute slew of musical released ‘inspired’ by the immediate aftermath of the lockdown being listed, we have to say this stood apart. LA-based guitar virtuoso Lucas Tadini’s latest track is Welcome Back to Freedom, a song which avoids any tweeness or triteness and just rocks like a bastard. With a nod and a doff of the cap towards Black Sabbath, it’s kind of an anti-anthem for being unleashed back into the pub – as if you’re being politely reminded that actually, was it really all that good anyway? We like the pathos, bring on more of it!
Tadini is your new rock hero from the West Coast scene. Armed with a guitar, a phalanx of Moogs, the odd Mellotron and a theremin set to ‘stun’, he is a one-man army of sound, drawing deeply from the musical wells of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple and the maelstrom of rhythms and melodies from his native Brazil. Turn up the volume to 13, switch on the lava lamp and get your orders in at the bar, this a glorious nod to the rock giants of old and for first glimpse at a modern musical magician at work.
Born in Brazil to Italian parents…then going to a Chinese school where he learned to speak Mandarin…now settled in Los Angeles, it’s little wonder that Lucas Tadini’s music is a journey not only through his musical influences but also the sounds of the cultures he has been exposed to. After studying at the world-famous Berklee College of Music, Tadini has played in bands such as TüR and Mais 55 from his hometown of Sao Paolo and Skunk Oil in LA, experiences with have allowed him to hone his skills as a singer, keyboardist and guitarist, as well as his production and arrangements, not to mention the opportunity to play with such legends as Jota Quest, Seu Jorge and drummer supreme, Kenwood Dennard, as well as the world-renowned conductors, Henry Leck and Joao Carlos Martins.
The follow up to The Arsonist, Tadini’s raucous debut solo single, Welcome Back To Freedom is a slow and dark journey through cavernous reverbs, thudding drums and a stylistically ominous riff, akin to Queens Of The Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys misfit album ‘Humbug’.
Naming influences as diverse as The Beatles, Vincent Van Gogh and his faithful cat, Lucifer, Tadini is a multi-cultural, musically astounding phenomenon, the breath of fresh air the world so desperately needs.