DEBUT ALBUM : Volume I & II / AVAILABLE NOW
ON TOUR IN THE UK FROM 3rd MARCH
New York based Kiwis Streets of Laredo follow the UK release of their debut album of boisterous indie folk on the Dine Alone label with a first UK tour that takes in the following shows :
* 03.03.15 LONDON Sebright Arms
* 05.03.15 MANCHESTER The Castle Hotel
* 06.03.15 LEEDS Brudenell Game Room
* 07.03.15 GLASGOW Broadcast
A video for the group’s current single, ‘Girlfriend’, can be seen here :
Streets Of Laredo was founded by close-knit faily members Daniel, Dave and Sarahjane Gibson. Inspired by the evangelical fervour of the 60’s folk-rock circuit, the trio initially rented a beach house on the Coromandel coastal area of New Zealand’s North Island back in the summer of 2012 and started throwing song ideas at friends and previous musical collaborators. An old-fashioned hoe-down ensued, someone shouted out a band name and it all became a fact before anyone could catch their breath.
Gelling around the idea of a travelling family playing unruly singalong tunes with whatever instruments were to hand, the newly christened band subsequently recorded a few demos and played one show in their home town before transplanting themselves halfway round the world to Brooklyn, New York.
“We found ourselves a rehearsal space in an industrial building in Bushwick [N. Brooklyn] and started playing one of our songs, ‘Girlfriend’, over and over for hours on end, just trying to figure out our sound, who we were, and just how we were possibly going to survive in this town.”
They needn’t have worried. Quickly meeting some remarkable musicians, they eventually formed a tight seven piece band that would well and truly find its place in the local scene, before going on to be feted as a must-see act at Bonnaroo 2014 and backed by the likes of Billboard, Entertainment Weekly and the New York Times. A quick trip back to NZ saw the Gibson’s track the bones of ten songs that would turn into Volume I & II. Calling in years of friendships and favours owed, these sessions in a converted Auckland theatre proved key in locking down the distinctive Streets of Laredo sound.
Mailing out a couple of ‘works in progress’ to test the waters, they noted that “a bunch of blogs started calling it ‘Twisty Psychedelic Folk’, which seemed fairly appropriate. We definitely all have a passion for rock solid songs and arrangements built around a bizarre sonic palette. Kinda like if Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear produced Paul Simon’s songs being sung by Sharon van Etten. Or something.”
Add to all this a mesmerising stage show featuring multiple stand-up drummers, horn players, guitars in every corner of the stage, weird home-made instruments and five-part harmonies, and it is easy to see why Streets of Laredo won the AAA category of the worldwide Unsigned Artists competition prior to inking a record deal with the Dine Alone label. Upon its 2014 release in the US, Volume I & II became one of the ‘Most Added’ albums on the influential CMJ college charts. The album is available in the UK now.
Streets of Laredo : Daniel Gibson / Dave Gibson / Sarahjane Gibson/ Thom Darlow / Sean McMahon / Andrew McGovern / Cameron Deyell