|Streets Of Laredo||Wild (Oct 21, 2016)|
Streets Of Laredo — Wild (Oct 21, 2016) ★↔★ Streets of Laredo return with a compelling new album.
★↔★ “I was a fan of their last record. But this is a step forward in every way. Sonically they pushed themselves. The song writing is solid. The ballads are big and epic, Wild, Remedies. The upbeat songs are danceable and fun without sacrificing lyrically. silly bones, hammer and the nail and trap for young players all right in a row. Epic. If there was one weakness is Sarah Jane only leads two songs. Next record give her 3 or 4 more and put out a 15 song album. Highly recommended.” — ***** kdoyle133 © SOL May 2016. Photo credit: Jessie Sara English
Formed: 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Album release: Oct 21, 2016
Record Label: Dine Alone Music
01. Wild 4:20
02. Hammer & The Nail 3:22
03. Silly Bones 4:01
04. Trap For Young Players 3:51
05. Laying Low 4:19
06. Caught The Fire 2:38
07. 99.9% 2:51
08. Remedies 3:58
09. Tunnel Vision 3:19
10. Doesn’t Even Bother Me 4:22
11. Gold 3:54
℗ 2016 Streets of Laredo Under Exclusive License to Dine Alone Music Inc.
★↔★ Daniel, David & Sarahjane Gibson, Cameron Deyell, Andrew McGovern & Sean McMahon
¬••• The title track on Streets of Laredo’s new album, WILD, essentially sums up their attitude since starting the band in Auckland almost five years ago. It’s a gorgeous, soul~stirring ballad with a haunting trumpet line, buttery harmonies, and a chorus that goes: “They call us wild / Let’s show them wild.” Indeed there is a newfound confidence running throughout WILD — from the title track and “99.9%” to the eerily catchy “Silly Bones” and a sweet, lilting tune called “Doesn’t Even Bother Me,” which Sarahjane describes as “this beautiful sentiment about not feeling like you need to be in the mix all the time in NYC, but finding a way to live a happy, normal life with your family.” She continues: “We have an ideal situation, where we can do this and it doesn’t take us away from each other. When we tour and play it feels like we’re living a good life together and fulfilling our dreams. The trick is remembering to find the magic in the moment.”
¬••• “It’s about how ridiculous you have to be to hang in there with music, against all the good, logical advice people will give you,” says Dave Gibson, who formed the band with his younger brother Dan after they bonded over records like John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Give Peace A Chance” and Paul Simon’s “Graceland.” “Trying to make a career in music is scary and there’s zero security involved,” Dave continues. “And fantastic things will happen, but you really have to be borderline crazy to keep doing it. ‘Wild’ does a great job of encapsulating what that’s like.” Singer and percussionist Sarahjane Gibson says “Wild” began as a song to Dave about their life together (the two are married), but developed into an anthem for anyone who needs encouragement to chase their dreams. “Wild’ is about being more daring,” says Sarahjane. “If you’re gonna take a big risk, you need to go all in.” ★↔★ © Photo credit: LJ Moskowitz
Album Review: Streets of Laredo’s “Wild”
BY DRAMABOB, OCTOBER 21, 2016
★↔★ Streets of Laredo (“SoL”) is a six~piece indie folk rock band based in Brooklyn by way of New Zealand, where siblings Dan (vocals, electric and acoustic guitar), Dave (drums and backing vocals) and Sarahjane Gibson (vocals and percussion) formed the group in 2010. Wild is the band’s sophomore release, and their fans should be thrilled with the effort, which drops today.
★↔★ Wild contains 11 fascinating tracks, beginning with the title track, which features the incredible vocals of Sarahjane and the harmonies of her brothers Dan and Dave. It will capture you with its intensity as it builds to a climax with the band proclaiming, “Let’s show them wild.” The vocals are perfectly paired with an underlying musicality that brings out the best in those vocals. Kudos to the other three members — Cameron Deyell on electric guitar and backing vocals, Sean McMahon on bass and Andrew McGovern on trumpet, synth and percussion — for rounding out the sound to create something that will endure.
★↔★ The album is produced by John Agnello, who has previously done marvelous work on albums by Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth and Dinosaur, Jr. The album was recorded at Dreamland Studios in upstate New York, after preproduction work in Brooklyn. Agnello finds a way to bring out the best in the band, giving them cross~over appeal.
★↔★ The album has already spawned two singles, “99.9%” and “Silly Bones,” which are tracks 7 and 3, respectively, and the rest of the tracks are as equally radio friendly. Dan and Sarahjane trade off on the lead vocals, and that seems to work for this band. In many ways, this band reminds this writer of a cross between Mumford & Sons and Nickel Creek, with its emphasis on musicality rather than vocals.
★↔★ This is a splendid album which should keep SoL’s fans happy while also enticing new fans to check them out. We are proud to highly recommend this release.
★↔★ http://nodepression.com/Album Review: Streets of Laredo’s “Wild”
¬••• When Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature last week, the music world reacted with a collected gasp. Most people over a certain age cheered the choice, while those under that age reacted with a collective, “meh”. It’s hard to understand how important Dylan has been to the American Songbook when he’s taken out of context, and he’s been out of context in popular music for a decade or three. But even taken out of the context of the 60’s and the Vietnam War, it’s impossible to ignore the importance of the newly minted Nobel Laureate. His passion and ability to set complicated emotions to music have influenced the last 40 years of rock, country and folk music.
¬••• Consider the newly released, Wild by Streets of Laredo. On its surface, there is little in common between the modern use of synthesizers and pop sensibilities of Wild and Highway 61 Revisited, but even a casual listen to the track, “99.9%” unearths Dylans’s influence. There are the lyrics taking down the establishment and a familiar bluesy howl. “You’ve been lied to, well I’ve been lied to, too. Not exactly sure if or when to believe you. For all the 99.9 percenters.”
¬••• Wild may owe Dylan a hat tip, but there is so much more at play in this complex and engaging album. Brothers Daniel and Dave Gibson call out Paul Simon’s brilliant Graceland album as a motivating factor in forming the band, and you can hear the way it influenced several tracks on this second release from the New Zealand natives. The vocals on “Hammer and the Nail” harken back to Dylan, but the horns and background vocals call out to Simon.
¬••• Streets of Laredo’s first album, Volume I & II, was filled with the type of modern folk that trots that fine line between rock and country music. With Wild, the band brought in John Agnello to produce and the result is catchier, more relatable. Agnello is best known for producing Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth, and you can hear the same alternative aesthetic in this record that he brought to his work with those bands. Agnello’s work with female vocalists including Patti Smith, Patty Smyth, and Roseanne Cash clearly influenced the production on the songs featuring Laredo’s Sarahjane Gibson, (her husband is confounding brother, Dave). The two tracks she sings lead on, the title track and “Laying Low,” are standouts, both beautiful and haunting. Sarahjane’s voice is controlled, lilting, a sort of millennial Natalie Merchant.
¬••• Daniel sings lead on the rest of the album with his Dylan-esque twang and lyrics that question his role in a tense society. The band relocated from New Zealand to Brooklyn in 2012, and you can feel the influence of New York’s most socially conscientious borough on the lyrics throughout the album. There’s a hint of gloom underlying some of those jovial beats as Daniel brings music and message together in a subtle, satisfying way.
¬••• Wild is a big jump forward for Streets of Laredo. The new songs are more accessible and mature. The addition of horns and synthesizers brings a more dynamic sound that begs for airplay. While still nestled in the folk genre, the album serves as a gratifying evolution of a category given new respect by the Nobel committee.
★↔★ Streets of Laredo are a seven~piece indie folk outfit formed by siblings Daniel, Dave, and Sarahjane Gibson in Auckland, New Zealand. After playing just one hometown show, the Gibsons took a leap of faith and in 2012 they relocated to Brooklyn, New York, where they expanded their lineup to include fellow Kiwi Thom Darlow and local Brooklyners Sean McMahon and Andrew McGovern. Straddling the ever blurring lines between indie folk and pop, they rely on big group harmonies and an Americana~inspired sound full of stomping percussion, acoustic and electric guitars, harmonica, horns, and other assorted instruments, putting them in a similar league with acts like Edward Sharpe, the Delta Spirit, and the Lumineers. A trip back to Auckland yielded a pair of EPs that they released in 2014, packaged together under the title Volume I & II. ~ Timothy Monger
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|Streets Of Laredo||Wild (Oct 21, 2016)|