I didn't start my college life with a lot of experience with music. My conservative upbringing kept me rather confined to contemporary drivel, and the farthest I'd stretched my secular reach was listening to my friends Nirvana and Green Day albums while keeping my own CD collection within the confines of DC Talk and MxPx. So when I moved into Lindenwood University with my new roommate Keith in the fall of 1996 I was ready to discover new things and reinvent myself. Keith, whom I knew only slightly via other friends, was a young man who had given the middle finger to the Youth Group Nation that had undoubtedly left us hungry for a taste of real life. He was an inspiring person to live with that first year of college and we discovered a lot of music together. He also introduced me to a lot of what I had already missed out on, including a little group from Georgia called, Luxury.
Luxury was noisy at first and the melancholy vocals were hard to understand. Even so, I never pushed it away. I could see my roommate had discovered something special in their sound and I wanted to as well. The album was called "Amazing & Thank You" and was the first one released by Tooth & Nail Records in 1995. It was my introduction to Luxury, and it was later that year when their second album was released that they finally broke through to me. The Latest And The Greatest was my first Luxury album and twenty years later, it's still one of my favorites.
I vividly remember how eager I was to share my new discovery with the gang from my church youth group. I can still recall putting the CD into the player and letting the catchy and melodic punk spew forth into my friend's living room. I was young and naive and waited for their moment of clarity that was the discovery of Luxury. It never came. My youth pastor commented on how poor the quality of the recording was, and just like that I knew I no longer belonged among these people. It sounds ridiculous, but it was a major turning point in my life. The place where I raised my anchor and set sail, leaving one life behind for a new one. Luxury had become a pivotal part of my life. The band
I recount all of this to you because Luxury's new album, Trophies arrives this June and all of that old excitement has flooded back to me. Thanks
Check out NPR's interview with Lee and Jamey Bozeman. Two brothers who are kind of the heart of the band