Folksinger and punk rock stalwart Lenny Lashley has unveiled his new single “Heart of Stone” off of his forthcoming album Five Great Egrets under the moniker Lenny Lashley’s Gang of One. The album is due out later this year both digitally and on vinyl via Omerta MIA. New Noise Magazine revealed the music video earlier today and the single is now available worldwide.
“Thematically, it’s the same as the rest of my solo material,” explains singer-songwriter Lenny Lashley. “All of the stuff that I write is directly related to my personal life in one way or another.”
From a tense relationship (“Heart of Stone”) to a song of hope and guidance (“It Got So Dark”) to the struggle and realization that you cannot change others (“Not Sorry”) to integrity (“Joe”) to humanity (“Mexico”) – Five Great Egrets sheds light on Lashley’s straightforward and optimistic outlook on life. Also, “Park Your Carcass” was co-written by Dicky Barrett and Joe Gittleman of The Mighty Mighty BossToneS. Fortunately, the song didn’t make the cut for their album and was given to Lashley.
Five Great Egrets was engineered and produced by Pete Steinkopf at Little Eden in Asbury Park, NJ during fall 2020. “I’ve been fortunate to have folks that are remarkable musicians contribute because they like me as a person and believe in me,” vows Lashley. His backing band features first-rate musicians as well as fellow Bostonians including Joe Sirios (The Mighty Mighty BossToneS), Tim Brennan (Dropkick Murphys), Johnny Rioux (Street Dogs), C.J. Ramone (Ramones), Pete Steinkopf (The Bouncing Souls), Sam Bey (The Parlor Mob), Jared Hart (Mercy Union), and others.
Lenny Lashley might very well be Boston’s best-kept secret (his long-running band Darkbuster is held in the highest of regards locally) but it’s through his solo project, Lenny Lashley’s Gang of One, that he hopes to foster deeper, more meaningful connections – not just with the listener, but with himself. The 57-year-old musician is a punk lifer through and through, and his respect and reverence for the scene is only bested by his innate ability to make music that resonates with the listener.