Ash Grunwald, Seasick Steve, The Black Keys
Luke Marsh - Vocals, Guitar, Cigar-box guitar. Ed Noble - Drums, Vocals.
Raw and powerful rock n roll blended with sweet traditional delta blues licks and tricks - Filthy Lucre are a dual powerhouse of sound that will reel you in from four streets away.
Forming in early 2012 with the idea of becoming a two-piece ‘cover band’, the band never got further than rehearsing two cover songs before they came up with a handful of their own original garage-blues tracks. With Ed Noble on drums and Luke Marsh on vocals and guitar, their distinctive sound had been described as being a mix of Ash Grunwald, Seasick Steve, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix. In more recent times, the band’s sound has evolved to showcase sounds the likes of Clutch, Kyuss and Black Sabbath, with some of these heavier songs being performed on a hand-made cigar box guitar, giving the raw bluesy tunes a rugged edge of heavy ‘Desert Rock’. Live performances in their hometown of Adelaide, South Australia, and in Melbourne and regional towns have seen punters drawn in from the streets and surrounding venues, said to have been expecting more than a five-piece rock band playing on stage.
Early on in the band’s career their debut 5-track self titled EP was released, following a series of shows in and around Adelaide City that would continue almost on a weekly basis for the rest of 2012. The EP was recorded in a basement using only two microphones, completely mixed and mastered by Luke in a matter of days. While this release still stands alone today in the band’s discography, Filthy Lucre are set to lay down almost 2 years worth of refined material for a full-length album release due in late 2014.
The past year and a half has seen the band go from a huge first-place win and $5,000 cash prize at the Seaford Tavern Battle of the Bands and taking out first place in the Adelaide Roots & Blues Association Competition, to performing alongside internationally renowned artists such as Tex Perkins, Ash Grunwald, and Dallas Frasca.