The Layaways

The Layaways

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Hooked-filled introspective indie rock with a touch of shoegaze and folk. It's catchy, radio-friendly indie pop -- the band's latest release made the "top 30" charts for more than 20 CMJ-reporting radio stations.

Biography

Hushed, lush, dreamy, melodic, bittersweet, and blissful are all words that bloggers and radio staff around the world have used to describe Chicago indie poppers the Layaways.

Following up on 2004's critically acclaimed "We've Been Lost" (and a much blogged about online-only Christmas EP in 2006) the Chicago three-piece returned with "The Space Between," its third full-length release of introspective indie pop, in late 2008.

While the band hasn't completely shed the "shoegaze" influence that was often noted in reviews of its first two albums, the 10 tracks on "The Space Between" revealed a wide range of influences and styles, from sunny 60's pop (All Around The World) to straight-up, driving indie rock (Keep It To Yourself). The Layaways also continue to mix things up at the microphone, with bassist Mike Porter and guitarist David Harrell trading off on lead vocals. Yet there's an underlying consistency to the disc -- all 10 songs feature the melodic hooks, wistful lyrics, and moody pop arrangements the Layaways have become known for. Ten tracks. Thirty-three minutes. Dozens of hooks. The Layaways occupy the space between happy and sad, bitter and sweet, and twilight and dawn.

Like its predecessors, the band's latest album received airplay from coast to coast, making the "top 30" charts for 20 CMJ-reporting college radio stations from Alaska to New York.

And, once again, the music blogger community responded with heavy praise for the band's brand of introspective indie pop:

"Their laid-back, '60s era sounds are absolutely delightening. Yes, they're so good that they induce spontaneous neology." -- 3hive

"...their latest disc, The Space Between, is about as melodic and hooky as indie pop can get." -- Absolute Powerpop

"...melodic, garage-influenced shoegaze." -- RCRD LBL

"It can't be easy to make something this basically simple sound so fulfilling; it if were, everyone would do it." -- Fingertips

The Layaways (Harrell, Porter, and drummer Nathan Burleson) will pack up the van this fall and hit the road for the band's first shows outside the Midwest, with stops planned for Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts.

Discography

More Than Happy -- 2003
We've Been Lost -- 2004
The Christmas EP -- 2006
The Space Between -- 2008