Third Time Luckie are quick to impress with this latest single. A crisp and clean finish allows a heartfelt punk-pop single to shine with entrancing brightness. Love & Violence is a well-written anthem of a tune that benefits in this case from superb use of contrast and professionally flawless production. The whole thing is a total pleasure to turn up loud and escape within.
The concept at the centre of Love & Violence is that of friends or acquaintances encountered each day who show no love or appreciation. The desire to escape, to runaway with someone who means so much more, is one that many listeners will likely relate to, and as such the song and everything about it connects in a deep and memorable manner.
You can make these ideas your own, it’s personal but not overly so – intimate but accessible, vague enough to become unique and meaningful to each individual who takes it on. Back in the day, this was precisely why we would turn to punk pop and rock music – to rid us of our struggles for a while, to feel understood and as if something better was possible. Third Time Luckie offer the listener exactly that – a sense of opportunity, an understanding; a feeling of unity, of being less alone.
Love & Violence is a beautiful track, musically superior with hypnotic riffs and a smoothly passionate leading voice, lyrically compelling for its honest and unapologetic approach to expression. The sound is stunning, particularly when played at volume. A great hit for the coming months and a strong introduction to the band.