Lareau

Lareau

BandRockAdult Contemporary

Lareau takes a modern look at rock music with a pop-rock-alternative style of songwriting. The music can be both hard and driving and soft and soulful within the same song. Lareau strives to create all the elements of their songwriting for live audiences.

Biography

Based in the Jamestown area of Western New York, and the Warren area of Pennsylvania, Lareau (pronounced La Row), is stylistically reminiscent of acts like Ben Folds Five, The Dave Matthews Band, Three Doors Down and Ben Harper. Lareau, the debut CD, is on Cleveland-based indie Rust Records.

Originally from Kentucky, Lareau, the youngest of five boys, has been playing piano since age seven, cello since age 10, and sang opera professionally. Upon his family relocating to the northeast, he played in a myriad of bands, and was influenced heavily the Beatles, Moody Blues, Elton John, Billy Joel and Hall & Oates. He started AllSound Recording with close friend Dave Hone, and wrote over 200 songs, meeting drummer Darrin Payne at a session. With only one solo demo to his credit, Reasons Why, which he promoted by touring Germany for three weeks, he tossed around the idea of forming a band with Payne, a classically-trained pianist who just loved bangin’ on drums. Payne’s influences include Rush, Styx and Dream Theater, and ultimately brought guitarist Saxton into the band. Saxton’s influences include Neal Schon (Journey), Eddie Van Halen, George Lynch (Dokken), Joe Satriani and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Guitarist Pete Gool’s influences include David Bowie, Soft Cell, Depeche Mode, guitarist Steve Stevens, U2, Adrian Belew and Van Halen.

Bassist Tim Reed and keyboardist Anthony Brown round out the group, which enabled Lareau to flesh out his universally appealing keyboard-based ballads and energetic rock tunes in a way he couldn’t do on his own. The unique spin that LAREAU has comes from the members’ vast array of musical experiences and current musical tastes.

Lyrics

Step Aside

Written By: Larry Lareau

I had a dream, a request, a wish,
A question I would ask of you
That no amount of success would ever change you
My greatest fear is that I know who I’m talking to

When I’m not listening to myself
Will I hear these words and momentarily step aside
Oh, step aside
Momentarily step aside.

You rise and always make the call
You survive when everybody else falls

Mathematically it’s true
All prophecies come true
Is there no hope for anything different in this life?
Must everything that you say come true?

You say I’m talking to myself
Well I don’t believe, I’m just sending these words
From this present to my future
Hoping these words will save me some day.

When I’m not listening to myself
Will I hear these words and momentarily step aside
Oh, step aside
Momentarily step aside.

You realize what’s important after all
You take the prize for always being in control

Mathematically it’s true
All prophecies come true
Is there no hope for anything different in this life?
Must everything that you say come true? Step Aside

You realize what’s important after all
You take the prize for always being in control

Mathematically it’s true
All prophecies come true
Is there no hope for anything different in this life?
Must everything that you say come true? Step Aside

Oh, Step Aside. I must Step Aside. Oh, Step Aside.

Quicksand

Written By: Larry Lareau

I told you I was clueless, that I make mistakes
I know that’s not enough, don’t know what it takes

I know there’s only half a chance
That I would ever meet you in this circumstance, yeah
And I’ve told you what you mean to me
But how many of us ever see the big photograph that I think I see

Chorus
Two weeks and I haven’t heard from you
And I don’t think I know what to do
I’m thinking I should be holding you
I should not be drinking
But I think I got lost somehow, feelin’sick inside
Thinking something I should not be thinking
Been living fearlessly, been breathing slowly
But I know, surely, I need you clearly
No way without you I could ever get ahead
I’m sinking in quicksand in my head

Forgive me or let me go
Don’t make it hurt anymore
You’re gone. That’s all I know.
It’s the pain I endure.

I know there’s only half a chance
That I would ever meet you in this aftermath, yeah
And I’ve told you what you mean to me
But how many of us ever see the big photograph that I think I see, yeah

Chorus

It’s got to do with you. This has to do with you
Somewhere I see you singing
Somewhere I see you helping people out
Somewhere I see life really happening for you
Somewhere I see this working out
Working out the way you’ve always thought and hoped it could, yeah

Chorus

No Way To Be Sure

Written By: Larry Lareau

It’s obvious you struggle hard to leave no clue
You’re taking way too much time
To put me out of mind
When I can really see you’re crazy about me
When you take the time to put me out of mind
It’s hard for you to do but you’re so cool

I’ve got to unwind this foreign mind
But she gives no easy answer
Must I stay outside her borderline?
She gives me no way to be sure

I can’t trust you when you fight against what you love
And everything you’ve been dreaming of
You’re breaking your own rules, but you’re so cool

I’ve got to unwind this foreign mind
But she gives no easy answer
Must I stay outside her borderline?
She gives me no way to be sure

I could be driving the fastest car through her back yard
But she’d never know
She thinks all the things that you think you are
Will change her life, yeah but they won’t
Yeah you’re breaking all her rules
But I care as deeply as you

And the only way that she’ll love me now is if I break her rules
That’s hard for me to do, cause I’m not that cool

I’ve got to unwind this foreign mind
But she gives no easy answer
Must I stay outside her borderline?
She gives me no way to be sure

Discography

LAREAU - "Changes" 2006. First National CD release
Changes is first radio release nation-wide
Also available on i-tunes
Larry Lareau - "Reasons Why" Larry's solo CD
LAREAU - "Demo CD" 4 song EP
LAREAU - "LAREAU" first group CD
The song "Quicksand" was featured in an independent film that took 1st place in the Great Lakes Film Festival.
The song "Not the End" off the Reasons Why disc attracted radio play home and in Europe.

Set List

Set list generally consists of 50-50 original/cover material.
We can do Three - 1 hour sets.
Our favorite is two longer sets.
A typical feature set is an Hour and a Half, with 10 originals and 6 covers.
We have 27 original tunes.
We have 30 Cover tunes which cover mainly Contemporary AC and Contemporary Alternative.

Covers:
This Love-Maroon 5
Blvd of Broken Dreams-Green Day
The Only Way-Filter
Ordinary-Train
Kashmir-Led Zepplin
Won't Get Fooled Again-The Who
Clocks-Cold Play

Semi-Charmed Life-Third Eye Blind
Leaving Town-Dexter Freebish
Flavor of the Week-American HiFi
Learning to Fly-Foo Fighters
Dig In-Lenny Kravitz
Stacy's Mom-Fountains of Wayne
She Hates Me-Puddle of Mud
Otherside-Red Hot Chili Peppers
Then The Morning Comes-Smashmouth
Real World-Matchbox 20
White Room-Cream
The Old Apartment-Bare Naked Ladies
The Difference-Wallflowers
Good-Better Than Ezra
My Own Worst Enemy-LIT
Sunday, Bloody Sunday-U2
Come As You Are-Nirvana
Gray Street-Dav