That’s what I emailed to a friend of mine in reply to the announcement he forwarded me saying The Love Language’s long-awaited album, Ruby Red, would be released in July. I immediately went to Merge Record’s website and pre-ordered the album. You don’t dick around when buying TLL albums, plus I wanted to be one of the first 250 preorders to get the 11-song cassette of demos.
So when Woody sent me a link last week with an advance release of the album, to say I was eager would be the understatement of the year. I was more eager than people on Twitter announcing Ray Manzarek’s (or any other musician we haven’t thought about for 20+ years) death. I ran to the fridge and opened a Great Lakes Rye of the Tiger IPA, put it in my HearYa.com beer koozie, clicked Woody’s link, and stared at the progress bar for 10 consecutive minutes while the file downloaded. I was so excited I couldn’t move. I looked like Napoleon Dynamite sitting in the van before prom waiting for Uncle Rico to finish selling a 32-piece set so he could pick up his date. My mouth was open a little bit. I was breathing hard through my mouth. I was ready.
Finally, I clicked play. And it felt good. It felt real good. The first track, “Calm Down”, is one of the best songs I’ve heard so far this year. Other standouts include “Kids”, “Faithbreaker”, and the album’s closer, “Pilot Light”. It’s a step forward for The Love Language, with more instrumentation and a more aggressive sound. I’m already looking forward to seeing the songs come alive on stage.
I’ve gotta say The Love Language and Stu McLamb, the real driving force behind the music’s moniker, have got to be one of the most under-appreciated independent acts over the last 4 years. I’d put the catalog of their 2009 S/T debut, 2010’s Libraries, and this year’s Ruby Red up against any other band’s catalog over the same time frame. Seriously, who has been better?
Get a taste of “Calm Down” below, buy any album from their catalog, and look for them on tour.