Porter channels his frustration about the state of the world into a glorious rock and roll record. The lyrical bite can be potent yet not without a glimmer of optimism and rebellion. “Our redemption song can topple walls but first we must compose it,” he sings on “The Dream Is Dead”.
AltCountry.nl - M. Lockwood Porter Translated (paragraphs added): Bruce Springsteen has it. American Aquarium has it. Mr. Lockwood Porter has it. They can all convert negative circumstances into positive energy. Communion In The Ashes (Black Mesa Records) is full of battle songs. It is what americana is all about: describe the circumstances, find something about it, do something with it. Delivering songs that can trigger something. Build a community on the ashes. On the title track, M. says goodbye to San Francisco, though he realized at the time he didn't write the song yet that he was really leaving, back...
“I spent a year, like a lot of people probably, depressed, afraid, trying to figure out. I’d just made a record about the political situation in our country, and then things got even worse,” Porter said. “I didn’t want to make the same record again. Out of that, I tried to find a more positive take.”
In the latest Wannabe, artist Chris Prunckle offers his illustrated commentary onCommunion In The Ashes, the new album from Americana troubadour M. Lockwood Porter, in his signature six-panel comic strip form.
Porter’s drops of reason and positivity, ripple outward from himself, through others, past the strictures of politics, and religion, and into a new head space.Communion In The Ashesis a truly remarkable rock ‘n’ roll record.