Gray Somers is a Boston-based singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and creative mastermind behind up-and-coming indie rock project, Steep Leans. Somers’ Step Leans debut, 2015’s Grips on Heat sonically was centered around a hypnotic soundscape, which delivered the material’s underlying weary melodies. The Boston-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist’s long-awaited sophomore Steep Leans effort Naukeag is slated for a June 28, 2019 release through Ghost Ramp Records and the album reportedly finds Somers stripping away some of the haze and reverb of his previously released work for a decidedly angular and lyrically focused sound, centered around a cleaner production.
Thematically, Naukeag focuses on reckoning with where you’ve ended up, accepting the things you’ve done for better or worse, sifting through any wrecked you may have created and peacefully leaving it in the past. It’s a sort of redemption — but it’s rooted in facing reality.
Naukeag‘s second and latest single is thee jangling, 120 Minutes-like “Traphouse.” Centered around a strummed acoustic guitar, jangling and fuzzy electric guitars, a propulsive rhythm section and a Psychedelic Furs meets Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band-like saxophone solo, a classic alt rock quiet-loud-quiet song structure, the song’s anthemic nature belies it’s introspective lyrics.