LETTUCE is (a) the prime ingredient in a salad, (b) a slang for cash, (c) a green herb that can be smoked, (d) a genre-busting six-member funk/jazz/soul/jam/psychedelic/hip-hop/avant-garde/experimental collective formed in 1992 by four alumni of the prestigious Berklee College Of Music, or (e) all of the above.
If you answered â€œe,â€ then youâ€™re on to the ever-changing musical palette and all-inclusive goals of LETTUCEâ€™s sixth studio album, Elevate, and its ongoing re-interpretation of the bandâ€™s name as â€œLet Us.â€ In their earliest days as students, they would roam the cities of the Northeast, and implore others to â€œLet Us play.â€ Starting with their 2002 debut album, the phrase has been affixed to their first four albums, as in (Let Us) Outta Here (2002), (Let Us) Rage! (2008), (Let Us) Fly! (2012) and (Let Us) Crush (2015). Elevate (2019) is the bandâ€™s first studio album since 2016â€™s Mt. Crushmore and the follow-up to its 2017 live effort, Witches Stew.