Calgary basement recorders Lab Coast can trace the beginnings of their upcoming LP, and a defining element of their sound, to the acquisition of an almost-mint Tascam 388 ¼” tape recorder. The first song tracked on the machine, “Helen Bach”, ended up as track number three on Remember The Moon and the second single, available to stream today. Driving bass lines and mixed live drums and sampled percussion make the bed for “a song about about a first date with someone with whom you have an immediate connection,” says singer David Laing. “But this person is simultaneously experiencing a very intense personal tragedy, and this creates a unique and fleeting moment. The romantic potential that might've otherwise have existed is absent, but you are still able to share a real moment.”
Set for release on April 29 via Wyatt Records, Remember The Moon finds the songwriting team of Laing and multi-instrumentalist Chris Dadge (Chad VanGaalen, Bug Incision, Samantha Savage Smith) carving out detailed analog productions, drawing 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. Beginning May 5, the five piece supports their new album with a string of tour dates across Canada. With more stops recently added to their schedule be sure to check out the full list of dates below.
The Calgary band has been delivering hazy bursts of hook laden guitar pop from their basement studio for nearly a decade now. Throughout their fourth LP, Remember The Moon finds a new punch and clarity, while the production itself has become more ambitious in scope, incorporating effect drenched guitars, rubbery bass parts, cello, violin, hybrid sampled / live drum parts, pitch shifted percussion, sax, banjo, and organ.
From the ghostly quasi-title track “Remember The Moon Jr.” to laid-back “The Pointe Of It All”, these richly textured pieces are ably brought to life onstage by Sammie Smith (aka Samantha Savage Smith), Henry Hsieh (Cold Water, Crack Cloud), and Darrell Hartsook (Prenup, Sissys) who all make their Lab Coast recording debut on the live off the floor capture of “Run Out” – a track that also gets a guest engineering assist from former member Scott Munro.
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.
LAB COAST TOUR DATES
May 05 - Edmonton, AB @ 9910
May 06 - Calgary, AB @ The Palomino w/ Faith Healer & Crack Cloud
May 12 - Lethbridge, AB - Electric Eye Festival - Venue TBD
May 13 - Regina, SK @ O'Hanlons Pub
May 14 - Winnipeg, MB @ The Handsome Daughter w/ Cannon Bros.
May 17 - Windsor, ON @ Phog Lounge w/ Safe Word
May 18 - Toronto, ON @ The Burdock w/ Century Palm & Dorothea Paas
May 19 - London, ON @ Vibra Fusion Lab
May 20 - Montreal, QC @ Drones w/ Tess Roby, Nennen & Un Blonde
May 21 - Quebec City, QC @ Le Cercle w/ Chairs
May 22 - Ottawa, ON @ Pressed (Presented by Debaser) w/ Twist
May 23 - Guelph, ON (Venue TBA) w/ Familiar Friends
May 24 - Peterborough, ON @ The Garnet w/ The Lonely Parade
May 25 - Sudbury, ON @ Speakeasy
May 26 - Thunder Bay, ON @ The Foundry
May 27 - Brandon, MB @ The Double Decker
May 28 - Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos
May 29 - Medicine Hat, AB @ Neighborhood Church w/ Terra
Jun 22-26 - Calgary, AB - Sled Island
Jun 29 - Vancouver, BC - Crimson Fence %
Jun 30 - Victoria, BC - Copper Owl - Shake! Fest lll ^
Jul 1 - Kelowna, BC - Fernandos ^
Jul 2 - Nelson, BC - TBA ^
^ w/ Diamond Mind
% w/ Diamond Mind, Dead Soft, Milk, Pre Nup
REMEMBER THE MOON TRACKLIST
01 Hanging Flowers
02 Bored Again
03 Helen Bach
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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