LAM

LAM

BandFolkRock

I have a crooked drum, some rusty harmonicas, coffee stained teeth, songs written in a kitchen somewhere in Montreal and a 71 telecaster that I bought in Israël. Somehow things are ok. Music is endless. Buckley said that. I guess this is my way of saying, yes, music is endless.

Biography

MICHEL D.T. LAM There’s something about the voice. Indeed, it must be Michel Lam’s unique voice, fragile and strong at the same time, that catches us when listening to While Escaping. Recorded at Hotel 2 Tango by Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, The Dears, Godspeed you black emperor!), LAM’s first album features 12 folk-rock songs. Twelve titles of various moods, sometimes fiery, other times delicate, enriched with a diversified instrumentation (acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, harmonica, piano, keyboard, cello...). Singer-songwriter Michel D.T. Lam demonstrates his amazing sense of melody, his sensibility and a huge range of musical skills. While Escaping is an authentic, passionate and powerful album.

Lam has been inspired by numerous great artists: Jeff Buckley, Wilco, Elliott Smith, Leonard Cohen, the Pixies, ... From quiet folk to assertive rock, his songs also remind one of Bright Eyes’ intensity, the Decemberists’ urgency, or even Adam Duritz’s bittersweet voice (Counting Crows). The album opens with a magnificent folk song, A Dusty Melody, which plunges us right into the album’s intimate as well as yearning mood. Then there’s the liveliness of Now I Lay Me, the far-end-of-the-world feeling that emanates from While Escaping, the nice back vocals in Let’s Stay a Bit Longer…

Among the members of LAM involved in While Escaping are Ian Jaquier (bass), Frank Lam (bass, keyboards) – Michel’s brother – and Philippe Lamanque (drums). Additional contributions by Marc-Antoine Olivier (piano, keyboards), Nadia Bashalani (back vocals) from the band Shoot the Moon, and others, enabled the band to reach a fuller sound.

Playing different instruments and genres, has allowed Michel Lam to collaborated on numerous soundtracks. His song Someday Words Will Mean More is featured in Délivrez-moi, Denis Chouinard’s most recent film. In fact, Lam’s artistic career tightly combines both music and cinema. He studied music from the age of 7, learning piano and cello. A few years later, he began playing guitar and formed his first rock band at 14. After playing in different bands in Sherbrooke, his hometown, he moved to Montreal and joined the band Litost, in which he played guitar, keyboards, and composed for 3 years. In 2004, he decided to focus on his own songs and formed the band LAM. Meanwhile, his passion for cinema led him to study at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) and the Institut National de l’Image et du Son (INIS). Several of his works were awarded, among which his documentary Sur le quai de la gare, that won the Pierre et Yolande Perrault Prize for the Best First Documentary at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois in 2006. Music is also a subject in part of Lam’s film career. As a filmmaker, Lam is currently directing a full-length documentary, produced by the National Film Board, about a children’s music school in Sherbrooke, where he himself studied.

LAM’s first album is a passionate musical statement built on sorrow and joy, love and lost, memories and yearnings, folk and rock…

Lyrics

Now I Lay Me

Written By: Michel D.T. Lam

I stumbled through your dream one night
But it still lasts and lingers on
And I need it, all the time
I heard your words were read by men
A thousand miles away from town
So I’ll sing them again and again

And I know that you’ll never grow old
But one day it’s obvious you’ll die

Twenty year old kids just drink and laugh
They spend their money on death’s expense
But they need all the time
They’re expanding, wasting nights and days
So cars won’t fill up their minds
And it costs twenty bucks to live

And they know that they will grow old
And one day it’s obvious they’ll die

Now I just Lay Me… Now I just Lay Me down.

We met quietly in a stubborn wind
Ash and snow clouding our eyes
Just dreaming of quievering hearts
But grasps of hopes and claims of names
Melt faster then the winter sky
So when we’ll meet again
I’ll try to remember your name
I’ll sing you verses wrapped in lies
So sweet and mostly kind
It will feel like silk on fire

And I know that you’ll never grow cold
But one day it’s obvious I’ll die without you

Now I just Lay Me… Now I just Lay Me down

Her mother died late in spring
Her father wanders around
In an empty, vacant house
So she took her bags and paced around
Her hair swayed like ocean tides
Inside my fragile mind

I know that time just frozed and left
Your tears scattered on the ground
But I need you again and again
Cause despair cannot be simply cured
The wounds will linger on for years
But I need you all the time

Then we’ll lay down side by side
When night comes we’ll finally sleep

Spiral City

Written By: Michel D.T. Lam

All the way back home, as I drove along the sidelines
I stared behind at the spiral city where I left you waiting

Cause the blissful mad kid I once was is a murky hidden scar
In the murderess mud of my mind and flesh on your skin

And I don’t feel trapped I don’t feel free
There’s a tasteless scent that overwhelms me
And I don’t feel a strife looming quietly
Maybe we’re all confined to stutter endlessly

As your body flutters above mine, my breath freezing your hair
Our bed like a shelter too small for us in the unsuited concrete voices
There are streaks of losers in this dirty town, your shutter covering me
In a perfect fraction of a distant frame like a stain I’ll leave in time

And I don’t feel trapped I don’t feel free
There’s a tasteless scent that overwhelms me
And I don’t feel a strife looming quietly
Maybe we’re all confined to stutter endlessly

Every breath we take, every single line of misread poetry

All the way back home, as I drove along the sidelines
I stared behind at the spiral city where I left you...

Reasons and Treasons

Written By: Michel D.T. Lam

And I wake up fine, then I start to remember
Through cross mental wires, expectations I’ve kept

So I walk up town, skies are green and the air is clogged
With iron and dust, filtering the wine inside

I cover my ears, cars are chasing in circles
Crasinh to blazes, I finally smile

And all the freeling, falling line, floating around
They carry messages of murders and borken lives
Nothing I care about

My faith has vanished, your dim eyes are scaring me
Your voice is blaring, through windows and walls

So I run up town, begging for a little more time
Crawling on my hands and knees, where are you baby

Now my back is breaking, so I get up and forget all about
The reasons and treasons, seasons without a stronghold

And all the freeling, falling line, floating around
They carry messages of murders and borken lives
Nothing I care about

Discography

Album: WHILE ESCAPING - 2006
EP: Let's stay a bit longer - 2005

Set List

1. a dusty melody
2. let's stay a bit longer
3. reasons & treasons
4. while escaping
5. patterned smiles
6. a non smoker who likes to laugh
7. now i lay me
8. spiral city
9. a map of the city in your head
10. someday words will mean more
11. mud & stones
12. letting go
13. Ohio