Last year, AJ Lambert, aka the granddaughter of Frank Sinatra and daughter of Nancy Sinatra, released an EP with his post-punk band Bloodslide. Most recently, in February 2022, Lambert released a covers album, Manhattan Beach, swept by ocean breezes. Today, Lambert announces his third album, dirty sodareleased in July, plus a lead single and self-directed lyric video, “Staff Of The Flag”.
“Staff Of The Flag” was produced by Sonny DiPerri, who also produced Bloodslide’s EP. Here’s what Lambert has to say about the single:
The idea for “Staff Of The Flag” came about after I had to make several road trips to Northern California from Los Angeles. Along my route, you pass the last place where James Dean stopped on his fateful last drive. It’s called Blackwell’s Corner and they’ve made it a major tourist stop, where you can see lots of souvenirs and buy things named after it, from snacks to trinkets. Then, a few miles further down this road is the site where the accident happened, where people leave mementos in his honor. Also along this road are several “descansos” (roadside shrines) dedicated to others who have died while driving on this dangerous road (it was once called Blood Alley). I found it interesting that so many people know that one person died there, but so many others met the same fate and are only recognized by the people who loved them. The song is about an imaginary woman who, after selling flowers to tourists en route to Dean’s site all day, takes the remains to the nearby site where her own loved one died.
Lambert’s new backing band includes Parker Kindred (Joan As Policewoman) and Rhys Hastings (Yves Tumor) on drums, Dave Harrington (Darkside) on guitar and Kenny Gilmore (Julia Holter) on synths. Along with a set of all-original tracks, Lambert features a few covers, including Pavement’s “Strings Of Nashville”, Codeine’s “Broken Hearted Wine” and Casinos’ “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye”.
Listen to “Staff Of The Flag” below.
dirty soda came out 7/8.