Lacona

Lacona

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Integrating a romantic-80s-pop sense of melody into art-rock. Thoughtful, high-energy psych-pop meets post-rock

Biography

Pantomime (self released)

With a hodgepodge ensemble of strings, horns, stabbing guitars and howling keys, Lacona unleashes its most arresting offering to date on Pantomime. This first full-length album culminates three years of working Chicago's indie scene with its own brand of intelligent rock n roll.

Pantomime's well-sequenced build is film-like in scope. According to Lacona cofounder Patrick Newbery (keys)"Pantomime can be seen from a cinematic sense. It has certain characteristic reoccurring themes, with a sense of climax and resolution - almost like a Mercury Rev thing." Their sound has been likened to Granddaddy or The Cure with its synths; the vocals landing somewhere between Thom Yorke and David Bowie. As Chicago Reader's Monica Kendrick put it "romatic-80's-pop sense of melody into familiar Chicago art-rock". Lacona showcases the ability to carry the listener along by giving them a mixture they haven't heard before.

Pantomime was completed over nine months at the now historic Truckstop studio where so many essential 90's indie records were produced. Geoffrey Dolce (vocals, guitar) describes the common thread that spans the record; "Maybe it's the sound of the room, or just the spirit that haunts the 4th floor on that corner of Michigan Ave." Perhaps that vibe inspired "Ghost" a standout track featuring an oddly captivating rhythm during the bridge and outro.

The politically charged "President's Day" contains a tumultuous transition where two opposed styles collide leaving a hazy wilting acoustic strumming in the aftermath. A contemplative modern-day topical folk protest song, the lyrics don't reach the listener as being too obvious - still managing to strike out against the apathetic with the refrain "Can't stop these wheels, can't stand up." Curiously, the song is book ended with a return to the intro this time featuring a jazz ensemble horn arrangement.

"Prayer for the Working Class" branches out in a new direction with a melody that skips around - never resting. The mood of the song reflects this: a sort of anxious yet sad discontent. The frustration of the dead-end jobs we've all worked. Sob story stings "cry me a river" over the top of the churning dark keys.

The pressure was on after the Pittsburgh City Paper wrote of their first E.P. that "another album's worth of experimentation - Lacona could well be on its way to creating something worth shouting about." Internet leaks and promo copies of the CD have been spreading like wild fire proof they 're causing a stir in the music scene.

Lyrics

Prayer for the Working Class

Written By: Dolce/Newbery

Punch in, your day has started.
Once you're on the clock
waking hours -
know They see you working
good job.

Just take more
than I have
left to give

Locked inside a box
with four white walls
can only hold me so long.
It's something I could never give. Locked inside a box
with four white walls
can only hold me so long
and more than I could ever give.

Clock out your day has ended
then you'll go to sleep.
When you're passed out
no one sees you resting
sweet dreams.

Ghost

Written By: Dolce/Newbery

There's nothing here
static hiss, forgot to notice.
Answer the phone,
off the hook.
Left empty place an empty space
an empty life - oh well.

Everything falls apart,
Everything falls apart.
When, you're a Ghost.

Look right through me -
through the wall;
I'm not at all.
Behind you're back,
by the leaves.
You'll never see me, never hear me
never say my name.

Everything falls apart,
Everything falls apart.
When, you're a Ghost.

President's Day

Written By: Dolce/Newbery

How many teeth
can you break in a smile?
What would a hunter do
without his child?
Feeding the empty place at the table
with his dead prize.

I do wonder
how you go to sleep.

Let's just go home
and we'll sit in the corner
and turn off our minds.
Here in the glow
of this ready-made fiction
to turn off our minds.
Turning into something
I'm not sure I don't mind.

Can't stop these wheels
can't stand up.

What stood in the place
where there's nothing but smoke?
With sin as a witness
and god as a joke.
You can swallow your pride
but if you swallow your tongue
then you'll choke.

Do you get sick
when there's no one well?

Let's just go home
and we'll sit in the corner
and turn off our minds.
Here in the glow
of this ready-made fiction
to turn off our minds.
Turning into something
I'm not sure I don't mind.

Can't stop these wheels
can't stand up.

Discography

Come On EP: Scuzzball Records
Pantomime: (self released)

Set List

Lacona's typical set list includes 7 or 8 songs for one set. Multiple sets available.
Lacona's songs include:

Presidents' Day
Prayer for the Working Class
Mirror
Out of Phase
35 Half of 70
Speak
Killer
Ghost
You Want
Plane Crash
Come On
Eyes Closed
Time Unwinds
Still
Ring
Wet Snow
Stuck Up
Bent

Covers Include (almost anything but of the top of my head):

Independence Day (Elliot Smith)
Everybody Knows This is Nowhere (Neil Young)
Two of Us (Beatles)
Positively 4th Street (Bob Dylan)
Start Choppin' (Dinosaur Jr.)
Venus de Milo (Television)
Cars (Gary Numan)