Lustre (band)

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Origin Zebulon, North Carolina
Genres Power pop
Years active 1990s
Labels A&M
Associated acts Antiseen, the Nickel Slots
Past members Will Marley, John Ray, Greg Clayton

Lustre (originally founded as Shiner) was a short-lived Zebulon, North Carolina-based power pop band active in the 1990s. Their members were Will Marley (vocals and guitar), John Ray (bass), and Antiseen's Greg Clayton (drums).[1][2] They released a single, self-titled album and opened for such bands as the Cure and Oasis.[3]


Lustre signed to A&M Records in 1995,[4] and released one self-titled album on the label on March 5, 1996.[5] The album was produced by Lou Giordano.[6] They also contributed two tracks to the soundtrack of Empire Records. They were dropped from A&M's roster soon afterwards, and in 1998, Marley started another band, known as the Nickel Slots.[7]


Robert Christgau gave Lustre's 1996 self-titled album a C– grade, describing the band as "...roadies from Collective Soul and Better Than Ezra getting greedy."[8] Tucson Weekly's Fred Mills gave the album 3 stars out of 4, writing that "For a young band's debut, this is a remarkably mature effort—one that predicts a great future to boot."[9] A more mixed review of the album appeared in the Washington Post, where Mark Jenkins wrote,

In purely formal terms, the spiraling guitar and vocal lines of songs like "Sheer" and "Still Seems There" are effective, even exhilarating. But this trio doesn't quite transform its derivative sound with the immediacy of something never heard before.[6]


  • Lustre (A&M, 1996)


  1. ^ Iwasaki, Scott (1996-05-24). "HARD WORK PUTS LUSTRE ON THE ROAD TO SUCCESS". Deseret News. Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  2. ^ Devores, Courtney (2015-10-21). "Reunion show prompts Hardsoul Poets' 1st album in 23 years". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  3. ^ Griffith, Spencer (2013-11-27). "Cousins' rock 'n' roll redirection". Indy Week. Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  4. ^ "Continental Drift" (PDF). Billboard. 1995-04-22. p. 14.
  5. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (1996-03-30). "Lust for Lustre". Billboard. p. 18.
  6. ^ a b Jenkins, Mark (1996-05-10). "AMMONIA'S ENERGY". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  7. ^ Hage, Erik. "The Nickel Slots Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000-10-15). "Lustre". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishing. ISBN 9780312245603.
  9. ^ Mills, Fred (1996-01-25). "Quick Scans (January 25 - January 31, 1996)". Tucson Weekly. Retrieved 2018-03-04.