WESTERLY — As they gear up to release their next studio album, "Elevate," genre-defying funkjazz-soul-hip-hop-psychedelic-jam-art-rock-experimental-avant-garde music titans Lettuce have released their new single “Everybody Wants To Rule The World,” their jazzy take on the "Tears For Fears" hit featuring Nigel Hall on vocals. The latest track off the album, "Lettuce Records," first premiered online via Parade magazine, which noted, “Lettuce takes this familiar tune and spins it with velvety vocals, a laid-back groove, and some sweet horn punctuation. The result is a satisfying dish of trippy vibin’ with a healthy dose of excellent musical interpretation,” following an early listen this week on SiriusXM’s Jam On channel.
"Elevate" marks the band’s first new original music in three years and is a showcase of their ever-changing and all-inclusive musical palette. The six-member collective – Grammy-nominated drummer and percussionist Adam Deitch, guitarist Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, bassist Erick "Jesus" Coomes, Grammy Award-winning keyboardist and vocalist Nigel Hall, Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Ryan Zoidis and Grammy Award-winning trumpet player Eric “Benny” Bloom – maintains its eclectic, free-wheeling approach while embracing a progressive and futuristic vibe, with elements of Pink Floyd, the Grateful Dead, Eno and Miles Davis, thanks to their love of improvisational music and arts.
“We feel it’s time to put aside our differences, let go of our egos and embrace our society with love, acceptance and a collective perseverance. We know together we can make it, we know that well, so this song is a reminder to live together in harmony,” said bassist Coomes of the new song, one of two covers featured on "Elevate."
"This is a song I’ve always loved from the movie Real Genius from way back in the day," said Vocalist and keyboardist Nigel Hall. "I’ve always felt a connection with this song, as I never like to sing covers that I can’t relate to. We hope that you enjoy our version as we’ve tried to make it dope, which I think we did.”
"'Everybody Wants To Rule The World’ represents a state of mind that some of us can find ourselves in at any point in our lives,” said Bloom (trumpet). “If we can identify when we are headed in that direction, rising above that one-sided thought process is what our purpose in life should be. Finding your own place in this universe is not easy, but it takes patience, love and kindness. We should always use our will for the greater good and be conscious of when our actions become self-serving.”
A powerhouse collective made up of world-class master musicians, Lettuce are known for their incendiary live shows, extensive touring, die-hard fans, and massive two-decade-plus career. They are also some of the most highly sought-after musicians in the industry with roots that run deep into the worlds of hip-hop, pop, and beyond working and performing alongside the likes of Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Justin Timberlake, The Fugees, Eminem, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Britney Spears, DJ Quik, Gary Clark Jr., Skrillex, The Game, Talib Kweli, Anthony Hamilton, Solange, Chaka Khan, Redman & Method Man, Robin Thicke, Preservation Hall, Dave Matthews Band, Gov’t Mule, Bob Weir, John Mayer, Aaron Neville, and more.