Laurel Collective

Laurel Collective

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Hailing from Wales, England, Italy and Nigeria, these sonic upstarts continue to plough their organic electronics, skewed psych-pop, soulful rhythms and warm soundscape’s into surging choruses and lush vocal harmonies. Strong support from Radio 1, BBC6 Music, Xfm & music press. Signed to Domino Pub.

Biography

Laurel Collective are a London based collision of sound and vocals who released their techni-colored debut e.p on Domino offshoot Double Six Records in '08.
"Feel good Hits of a Nuclear Winter" was an 8 track mini-album of epic mutant-pop anthems that eschewed all of the genres clichés, being neither twee nor laden with jangly guitars, its rousing songs burst with passion and fizzing, frazzled synths.

Already gaining support from the likes of Steve Lamacq and Jon Kennedy and fresh from touring with 2009 Ones to Watch Micachu and the Shapes, they return to the fray almost immediately after the ripple making impact of heir first EP. The Fax of Death EP garnered support and praise from Time Out, Artrocker, Clash magazine and The Fly among others.

Ever hard-working and searching for new outlets for their escapades, these sonic upstarts have just signed an exclusive singles deal with Pure Groove Records, and are ready to release a special edition 7”, featuring the live favourite ‘Window’, and new track ‘Flame Thrower’.

After strong radio support from Radio 1, XFM and BBC 6 Music the band continue to plough their organic electronics, skewed psych-pop, soulful rhythms and warm soundscape’s into surging choruses and lush vocal harmonies. Melancholy and warm like a sunny, golden twighlight evening, ‘Flame Thrower’ matches the textures of the up-beat, DFA style lo-fi jerky disco of ‘Window’. It’s like 10cc on 10 cc of Valium.

The band continues to plough a name out for themselves as one of London’s hardest working bands, but beware! This limited edition 7” is down for only 500 copies, screen printed artwork and lovingly hand numbered, available from the Pure Groove records shop. 200 will be readily available, so get down and grab one while they’re hot. The band now host a monthly residency at The Stags Head with their Hindenburg Mile High Club nights which has hosted leftfield talent such as Boningen, Speak and the Spells, Not Cool and Micachu and the shapes and Innercity Pirates.

Following last summers appearances at Glasto, V, Isle of White and a schlew of ’09. The Fax of Death e.p receives an extremely limited release seeing the band dive headlong into a mash up of different sounds, from the tropical melancholy of Fax of Death (John Kennedy “Hot One” & “Big One” on Xfm) to the robo-math rock jitter of No Pirates Left, held together by vocal duet Martin Sakutu and Bob Tollast.
The e.p has the same penchant for big tunes that won them the support of Huw Stephens and Steve Lamacq plus sees new fans Gideon Coe and Tom Robinson (6 Music) with a much more stripped down sound, produced and mixed by the band themselves in their East London warehouse/ studio space, The Briggs.
It is the work of a band coming into their stride and defining their own sound as electro, hip-hop and DFA style beats collide into exciting pop hooks whilst tracks switch tack with A.D.D abandon over four tracks.
The e.p will be available as a piece of customized artwork directed by the band themselves, and includes a ticket to their soon to be legendary D.I.Y secret forest festival In The Woods. The limited format will be painted by the band and nipple mounted on a piece of painted vinyl, so removing the c.d temporarily defaces the artwork, which is unified in the same picture. It’s an idea inspired by Acid Mothers Temples blurring of art/ release with their much sought after Magical Powers from Mars E.Ps and in this case the release is like a souvenir of the gig.

Set to be one of the hottest (pray for sun) parties of the year, In The Woods will have a pretty special line up and is currently being curated by the Laurels. This year playing were The Invisible, Micachu and The Shapes, Alessi's Ark plus many more.

Discography

2008

"Feel Good Hits of a Nuclear Winter" (Mini-album) Double Six / Domino (CD / DD)

"Vuitton Blues" - Double Six / Domino (7" / DD)

"International Love Affair" - Double Six / Domino (DD)

2009
"Fax of Death ep" Clash Magazine / Laurel Collective Recordings (7" / DD)

"Window / Flame Thrower" Pure Groove Records / Laurel Collective Recordings (7" / DD)

"Carrie / Cheap" Kruger Magazine / Laurel Collective Recordings (DD)

Set List

Setlist includes the singles from "Feel Good Hits..." plus recent singles plus new album tracks. No covers... 45 minute set is usual with a full 60 minute set available.