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High Hopes: Lieutenant U.S.

Flying solo, Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel spreads his wings with a lush, layered pop-rock debut.

So, you’re in one of the 21st century’s biggest bands. You play internationally loved songs on enormous stages. You’ve done pretty bloody well out of bass playing, essentially. And now you want to progress.

If you’re Nate Mendel – of Foo Fighters fame, as well as Sunny Day Real Estate and the Fire Theft – you do this by taking singing lessons, picking up a guitar and cutting an excellent record as Lieutenant U.S. Three years in the making, it’s an impressively textured, stirring work of pop rock; pensive, gauzy harmonies one minute, harder rock hooks the next. 

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