Olin and the Moon
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Olin and the Moon

Los Angeles, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | SELF

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2015
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There’s no Olin in Olin and the Moon, but there’s plenty of good-natured lunacy. Cherubic frontman David LaBrel, 22, moved to L.A. over three years ago from Sun Valley, Idaho, and older brother Travis, along with drummer Marshall Vore, soon followed. But it took a while for the newbies to find bassist Kyle Vicioso and slide guitarist Brian McGinnis and get serious about making music — as well as discovering there was life outside Hollywood.

“I’d never been to the city before; it was overwhelming,” says David LaBrel, who admits to having lived in L.A. more than a year before discovering the Silver Lake/Echo Park scene. “I remember going to the Roxy and thinking, ‘Nobody here is playing our kind of music.’ The Eastside scene is more indie, grunge-ified kind of stuff. I think we just recently started getting people adjusted to it.”

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That they did. The quintet’s crisp, winsome folk music went over big during its January residency at the Silverlake Lounge, and now the LaBrels and their bandmates have already finished recording “Terrible Town,” the follow-up to their 2008 album “40 Miles of Bad Road.” Its dusty-road charm — they call it “Mom rock” — puts it on par with other leading L.A. purveyors of twang such as Leslie & the Badgers and I See Hawks in L.A. And the LaBrel brothers owe a big part of it to their parents, James and Jeneane.

“They’re old hippies,” Travis says. “My dad buys guitars like candy bars at a gas station. They’re the kind that play the local scene — Mom sings, Dad plays guitar at open mikes. The last time we went went home, there was a stage in the living room. … We were like, ‘Mom, where’s the TV?’”

Even stranger, David says, was when the older LaBrels started covering Olin and the Moon songs. “Our parents are starting to ask us for the chords and lyrics, which is weird, because there are some things you don’t want your parents know,” he says. “The last album was about drugs and a girl.”

Since they hit L.A., there have been a lot of hard-fought victories and harder lessons. David LaBrel says the band “got down to brass tacks once we got Kyle in the band,” and since the frontman was working at a recording studio, “I figured I have all these tools at my disposal, so let’s use them.”

Of course, there was the time the band toured to Austin — where they will be again this month for SXSW — and LaBrel ended up having to call work to say he wouldn’t make it back in time for his shift. “We went there to play one show,” he says. “I don’t know why we thought Texas was one day’s drive.” - BuzzBands LA


Sporting a safe twist on Ryan Adams-esque rock-n-roll, the band hit the ground running with some upbeat folk rattlings complete with banjo, lap steel and gang harmonies" - Nate Jackson


"An amazing up and coming local alt-country act. Blending classic gritty country with intelligent, provoking lyrics, these guys are sure to go far"
- LAist
- The LAist


"That unpretentious humor and heart is key to Olin and the Moon’s appeal. The mellow grooves and dusty backroads feel of their songs are a throwback to the ’70s era of Laurel Canyon jams and hoot nights at the Troubadour."
- The Pasadena Weekly - The Pasadena Weekly


"Terrible Town" Press:
"The L.A. quintet with roots in Sun Valley, Idaho, have birthed a “No Depression”-worthy recording that, while hardly straying from country formula, tugs at your heart like a prairie sunset."
- Buzzbands - Kevin Bronson


Discography

Olin and the Moon (2007)
40 Miles of Bad Road (2008)
Terrible Town (2009)
Footsteps (2011)
Destroyer (2012)
Every One You Know (2015)

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Olin And The Moon is a pure-blooded, American, folk-rock band that resided in sunny Los Angeles, CA.  But these boys didn’t always breathe the rough air of the city.  Singer, David LaBrel, and guitarist, Travis LaBrel, hail from the great northern state of Montana.  Being brothers as they are, they grew up shredding mountains, so it was only inevitable they would one day shred faces with the harmony only two brothers could achieve.  Marshall Vore, drummer, and Brian McGuiness, pedal steel, also hail from the north, by way of Sun Valley, ID. Idaho would turn out to be the place where they all joined forces and when their powers combined, they are Captain Plan… I mean… Olin & The Moon!  


Olin Started way back in 2006,  coming together to write folk rock songs with the passion of the youth they embraced.  And with that spark they were off and running. They met bass player, Kyle Vicioso, early in the process in Hollywood, CA.  And quickly found themselves gaining fans and followers on the road and in the local scene with the release of Terrible Town in 2009. 


OATM kept turning out the songs and with the release of Footsteps the following year, they landed a couple songs and an onscreen appearance on the show One Tree Hill. The momentum was palpable and OATM followed up with the release of Destroyer in 2012.  Due to unforeseen circumstances, the band took a brief touring hiatus, but continued to write new material all the while. Now, with some rest under their belts, they are back with a brand new album called Every One You Know!


Every One You Know is an album that tells the tale of growing up in band, learning from every move you ever made, from every heartache ever felt, and every friend you ever had.  All the good, all the bad, and everything in between.  

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