Saturday, January 21, 2006

The slow burner

Love As Laughter have gone through a lot of changes since their original conception. The Greks Brings Gifts is pretty much Sam Jayne (post Lync) playing around with friends and recording lo-fi garage rock; which gradually morphed into their most recent line-up as a three piece: with lead singer/guitarist Sam Jayne, Zeke Howard on Drums and Brandon Angle on Bass. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the 'band' and they're playing a gig in NYC to celebrate. Their last album (Laughter's Fifth) was released in 2005 on Sub Pop and I was fortunate enough to catch them after the Slint ATP in February - shortly before the album was released.

I'd be the first to admit that I didn't really 'get' Laughter's Fifth to begin with. I thought it was a little to prestine and clever; and that it didn't take enough chances. Now i've come to realise it's just loose and they're just having fun with the material. It's brilliant album. A slow burner perhaps, but incredible when it finally comes to together. They'll never make another Sea to Shining Sea because they never rest on their laurels. I remember reading them being described as a cross between The Rolling Stones, The Stooges and even Led Zeppelin. Don't get be wrong, it's these comparisons that attracted me to them, but for me, they never sound contrived or even compromised by their love of the music from the past. I'm not saying that I approve of bands blatently and even fragrantly rehashing old ideas, but I do appreciate genuine homages, and the band make this clear from the onset. They celebrate everything you want to hear in a band.

The following track is a rollicking romping rock stomper of a tune [taken from Destination 2000]

Love As Laughter - Margaritas

Click here to visit the L/A/L Website. You can hear "Miss Direction" and "Temptation Island" on their website too. Buy their album(s) through Subpop. Shiny, shiny vinyl! One day i'll have a few words to say about Lync. Sam Jayne is so underrated it's unreal.


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