The Laureates

The Laureates

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
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The Laureates display a sound that has roots in the history of rock and should find the band a place in today's independent community, with a blend of influences as dusty as The Creation or The Kinks and as modern as Spoon or Guided by Voices.

Biography

The Laureates met by accident in late 2005, answering each other's calls for like-minded musicians to play this new form of 21st Century music enigmatically called "Rock and Roll". Chad Preston (The Nouns, The Reaction) had written and recorded an album all on his lonesome, aiming to self-release it and never promote it by playing live until he realized that it was a lonely and unwise plan. Did I mention it was lonely? He was about to give up completely on any more musical adventures in earnest when he met up with a rhythm section called Crawfie Ward (Chalet Chalet) and Pete Gray (Chalet Chalet). The band met Nick Gage, who joined on guitar and vocals just in time to play a handful of shows, but left the band right before they needed to pay for their debut 7". He still pays to come to the shows though, which displays an upright and respectable character. The band then added guitarist Adam Penly (Alto Heceta, The Gunshy) solidifying the lineup and has of late been gathering solid support from friends and strangers alike and making their enemies tear up and say "You know, you're alright, let's be mates."

The Laureates' debut 7" was recorded above Nick's garage in Humboldt Park by a guy who goes barefoot even in a Chicago winter. The tracks were recorded live and quickly, channeling the spirits of 60's freakbeat, pop, and garage, indie rock, psychedelia, and post-punk. The resulting EP displays a sound that has roots in the history of rock and should find the band a place in today's independent community, with a blend of influences as dusty as The Creation or The Kinks and as modern as Spoon or Guided by Voices.

Even though The Laureates are figuratively young with only a few shows and one EP release under their belt, their live performances pull from a wide range of released and unreleased material, and they're still busy writing and recording.

Discography

S/T 7" EP

Set List

30 - 45 minutes. Mostly original. No more than one cover per set.