LAB COAST - REMEMBER THE MOON

Since 2008, Lab Coast has been delivering hazy bursts of hook­ laden guitar pop via a string of critically ­acclaimed, award ­winning albums, EPs, and singles. From their basement studio in Calgary, Alberta, the songwriting team of singer David Laing & multi­ instrumentalist Chris Dadge (Chad VanGaalen, Bug Incision, Samantha Savage Smith) carve out detailed analog productions; these recordings draw from the wealth of instruments that friends leave at the Lab Coast practice space, and the ever­ evolving recording techniques that they've been honing since day one. Their home­brewed recordings sit in the tradition of DIY­ recorders such as Strapping Fieldhands, early Guided By Voices, and R. Stevie Moore, while the songs themselves recall the likes of Teenage Fanclub, Tom Petty, and The La's. Onstage, these richly textured pieces are ably brought to life by Sammie Smith (aka Samantha Savage Smith), Henry Hsieh (Cold Water, Crack Cloud), and Darrell Hartsook (Prenup, Sissys).

Remember The Moon, the band's latest offering, picks up right where they left off on their previous release Walking On Ayr. That record – issued by the venerable and sadly­ missed Mammoth Cave Records, and voted “Best Album of the Year” by FFWD Weekly – endeared itself to listeners with its compact, tightly­ wound strings of melody, bustling rhythms, and Laing's understated crooning and strangely ­abstract ­yet ­poignant lyrics. Remember The Moon ups the game on a number of levels: a studio upgrades have resulted in a new punch and clarity, while the productions themselves have become more ambitious in scope, incorporating FX­ drenched guitars, rubbery bass parts, cello, violin, hybrid sampled/live drum parts, pitch­ shifted percussion, sax, banjo, and organ.

And the duo's songs have never been stronger: from the breezy, melancholy ­tinged standout “Bored Again” to the rollicking shorty “Remember The Moon Jr” all the way down to the synth & sax reveries of instrumental “James' Son” – boasting Laing's recorded debut on guitar – Remember The Moon is teeming with top­ shelf material. The new album also features the the recorded debut of the full band lineup on live favourite “Run Out” – a track that also gets a guest engineering assist from former member (and Viet Cong guitarist) Scott Munro. With their fourth long­player, Lab Coast has taken another large step in cementing their status as one of the country's preeminent pop stylists.

 


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RELEASE DATE : APRIL 29, 2016
LABEL : WYATT RECORDS
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REMEMBER THE MOON TRACKLIST

01 Hanging Flowers
02 Bored Again
03 Helen Bach
04 Under-Energy
05 Run Out
06 Wish We Were Anywhere
07 James’ Son
08 Away From Here
09 Inside Aquariums
10 Remember The Moon Jr.
11 Close To A Part Of You
12 Back To Your Future
13 The Pointe Of It All
14 Missed Ache


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