LOCASH, the duo made up of Preston Brust and Chris Lucas, have been clawing their way onto country radio for years, first seeing success as songwriters with hits like Keith Urban’s No. 1 “You Gonna Fly” and Tim McGraw’s Top 10 “Truck Yeah.” Now, LOCASH are celebrating their own victory with their newly certified Gold single “I Love This Life” and a full-length album, fittingly titled The Fighters. The album proves the boy’s staying power and kicks off with the band’s banjo-driven radio hit “I Love This Life.” An appropriate launch to the standout album, it is just a hint of what’s to come for the band. The Thomas Rhett penned “Ring On Every Finger” follows suit with beat heavy rhythms that beg to be danced to.

Current single “I Know Somebody” is another radio hit in the making. Written by A-list songwriters Ross Copperman, Jeremy Stover and Rhett Akins, it is one of the standout tracks on the album that instantly impresses with its handclapped beats and sing along chorus. While the danceable tracks are plenty on The Fighters, so are the ballads. Tracks like fan favourite “Shipwrecked” has the duo singing of their wives. The song includes soaring piano accompaniment and driving percussion alongside an endearing storyline. A song that Preston Brust’s wife walked down the aisle to, the piano ballad has him singing of how the only thing he needs when shipwrecked on an island is his wife.

Fans who know the duo will be pleased by party anthems like “Drunk Drunk” and “Alll Day” (yes, with three L’s) that include driving beats and impressive electric guitar interludes. However, it is album closer “The Fighters” that leaves the greatest impact. A song of encouragement for those who have ever struggled and fought their own battle, it’s a song that needs to be heard.

Fighters themselves, LOCASH’s latest release combines their talents as songwriters and ability for creating music that sticks with the listener long after the album is played. The duo, who are known for dancing in their own concerts, provide a release that segues effortlessly from the fun tracks to songs with more depth. After a long battle to get their songs heard, LOCASH more than succeed on The Fighters.