BandRockNew Age


Simply pause—and take a breath. Inhale the dissolved sounds as they melt into your slowly calming mind, and let the music play on your hassled thoughts and see them fall into line with a horizon of pine trees, solid rocks and fresh air. You are at once put to sleep and woken up while you listen to these sounds, waking from an intrinsic sense of what is music, and what it is to share it with others. Like a stream running over mountain rocks, Lafayette’s music is shockingly fresh movement over unshakably good indie rock.
With the solid serenity mixed with mounting gains of layered music coming to an exultant peak then suddenly whirling back down like a wind kicking up the leaves, you almost feel the power of a mountain base holding up its craggy edges in their music. And edgy it is—their music, and their backyard. They are, of course, from Colorado. So under the influence of fresh mountain air, their musical family raised them into playing music since childhood, offering band members Andrew Lafayette Porter (guitars, keys) and Tristan James Porter (drums, keys, programming) the foundation of family and brotherhood as their basis for drawing together a musical project they titled after a name that reaches through generations of their family: Lafayette.
Their unbending distaste for the prosaic (or sometimes what is referred to as musical crap) takes them far from the mundane musical mainstream and projects them into a trendless, genuine search for what inspires them and makes them, very simply, create excellent music. And that is what Lafayette accomplishes: a search, a development, and a continual creation.
Since 2004, Andrew Porter has been writing music for this project, and in the summer of 2005 the brothers came together as the group Lafayette. Bassist Justin Shelp from Tri-Cities, Washington joined the group in 2006, though was not able to join them on their summer tour of 2007. That summer, brothers Andrew and Tristan took to the road and went on a national tour, where from every gig they found an enthusiastic new fan base and were asked back again by all their venues.
“In this perpetually busy world, music that makes the flow of time unimportant is very important music. Lafayette’s Transformations is, by that logic, very important music,” Stephen Carradini of the Indepent Clauses music review website wrote. “It’s post-rock of the highest order. Lafayette has a gift for creating music that is accessible yet still credible; enjoyable, yet talented; hooky, yet clever.”
The sophistication in their music arrives from their layers, interminable change-ups that flow with ease and create a definite sense of variety and freshness. There are culminating sets of packing drums and guitar, then purely symphonic keys and ambient beats—the two ends meeting with almost shocking compatibility, like bananas and peanut butter.
“Lafayette’s set was so well-received by the coffeehouse patrons that they were asked to keep playing,” Caddini wrote. “I, like the rest of the patrons, was truly thrilled by Lafayette’s music. They knew what they were doing, and they were having fun with it.”
Lafayette is a continually expanding and developing group that doubtless will have you entranced upon a first listen. Despite deadlines, hassles or traffic, the music will immediately transform the space around you into a place where time slows, and everything seems to fall into the backdrop as you simply listen, and simply be.


Transformations (2007)

Set List

30 minutes - 1 1/2 hours