The Love Language = my new favorite band. It’s been on my mind since I saw them play at SXSW, but after hearing these tracks from our recent live session, it’s now confirmed.
Stuart McLamb played every instrument and recorded the self-titled debut album between his parents’ house and a rented storage unit – all on a $300 recording device. The result was a brilliant body of work with a gritty, lo-fi sound. After hearing his voice on this session backed by a seven-piece band, I’m beginning to think that the lo-fi recording is doing him a huge disservice. In fact, I’d like to request that The Love Language record an alternate version of the album, recorded as a band in a proper recording studio.
The bottom line is that McLamb’s voice is silly good and his raw emotion and lyrical prowess take The Love Language’s music to another level. At SXSW, their manager told us that he wrote and recorded their debut album after a bad break-up and some time in jail. That might inject some emotion into the songwriting.
The tracks from the session are a great accompaniment to the album; each a different flavor of the original. The band struggled on their first two takes of the unreleased song, “Blue Angel,” but after a couple rounds of Maker’s Mark shots, they were properly lubed up to kill the third take. It’s great to see the passion, smiles and fist pumps in the video. In fact, I challenge you to not smile while you watch it. My other favorites from the session are “Providence” and “Manteo.”
Video: The Love Language – Blue Angel
The Love Language – “Blue Angel” – HearYa Live Session 4/2/09 from HearYa.com on Vimeo.