The Love Language, Live Session #120

by Shirk on December 16, 2013

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It’s no secret that we’re big fans of The Love Language over here.  After a couple HearYa Live Sessions together (session 1, session 2), SXSW showcases and plenty of drinks after Chicago shows, The Love Language feels kind of like part of the HearYa family.  We’ve grown up together but not in the same place.  Like the cousin that you only saw once or twice a year on summer vacations or family gatherings.  The cousin that made things fun and always had a box of smokes.   The Love Language brings a positive vibe every time I see them, be it on the stage, on the streets of Austin at SXSW or at my studio.

I’ve always said that there’s something about Stu McLamb’s sense of melody that I really connect with.  It’s kind of throw back and classic, kind of soaring and epic, but still holding onto that ragged edge that keeps the music grounded.  That melodic sense has remained the common thread in all three of The Love Language albums.  However, with every album the sonic palette and arrangements continue to mature and push in new directions.  To complement that growth the lineup of the band has been a revolving cast as well .  This session we found Andy Holmes on lead guitar, Autumn Ehinger playing keys, Jordan McLamb covering bass and Tommy Simpson on drums.  Tommy is absolutely on fire during this session.  I’m not exactly the biggest Foo Fighters fan, but something about Tommy’s playing and energy reminds me of Foo’s drummer, Taylor Hawkins.  I don’t know…maybe I’m nuts.  I think he slays this performance of “This Room –> Calm Down” with that relentless driving drum beat.  Andy Holmes’, washed out guitar work really elevates on “Calm Down”, while locking in with Ehinger on songs like “For Izzy”.  Take a listen and enjoy.

Exclusive: The Love Language – Introduction

Exclusive: The Love Language – Hi Life

Exclusive: The Love Language – For Izzy

Exclusive: The Love Language – This Room – Calm Down

Download The Love Language Live Session as a zip file.

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Tripp December 17, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Ruby Red is my favorite Album of the year so these live performances just made my day.

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