Love Language

Youd be hard-pressed to find a better touring duo this fall than the Local Natives and the Love Language. It was such a hotly anticipated show that we almost talked Oz into making a last minute flight from Atlanta. It didnt work out, so Shirk, SafariMan, and I made our way up to the Metro early to get a good spot on the floor just in time to catch a set from openers Union Line.

To say I was excited would be an understatement. I was in near-delirium mode, talking to SafariMan for at least 10 minutes before the show about Sixpence None the Richer, breaking the world record for the longest conversation about that band ever. Union Line played a real nice set – I’d expect that we’ll be hearing good things out of them in the future. I talked to them after the show and told them I was from a music blog called HearYa, which obviously they had never heard of (shocking, I know). I thought maybe I should be more specific, “dot com?” Nothing. Ahhh, the fruits of blogging. Nice guys, though.

After Union Line came the Love Language, and they did not disappoint. Stu McLamb, the force behind the band, walked on stage and said, “F*@ck sound checks” before getting right down to business and ripping through an energetic no-frills set, playing a nice mix off their first album as well as this years excellent release, Libraries. “Brittanys Back” was definitely a highlight of the set, with a little more grit and energy behind the opening riff. Other standouts were “Horophones”, “Providence” (always my favorite), “Graycourt” and the crowd-pleaser “Lalita”. About 4 songs into the set there was a palpable buzz in the room, and I could hear people around me asking, “Who are these guys again?” It was great to see them win over the crowd. Stus voice just seems to be getting better and better, his brother Jordans drumming has come a long way since making the permanent move behind the kit about a year ago, and the band works really well together on stage. Cant say enough good things about this band. Oh, and I topped off the night with an awkward conversation with Missy from the band that ended with me slowly backing away and mumbling. I’m awesome at that.

After the Love Language finished up, I certainly could have gone home happy. But the capacity crowd had primarily come for the Local Natives, and I was excited to see them for the first time since SXSW. They played a great set and the crowd was REALLY into it. There was an 8 foot tall hipster next to me that was literally screaming every lyric at the top of his lungs. I think he was on PCP. The Local Natives are a great band to see live, because you really get a feel for how talented each band member is. Kelcey Ayer and Ryan Hahn are both multi-instrumentalists, and Kelcey is especially fun to watch sing, play keys, guitar, and percussion. The guy is amazing , if you need more convincing watch him play both keys and percussion while also handling lead vocal duties on “Airplanes”.

Enjoy some samples below and be sure to check out our live session from a couple years ago with The Love Language.

Local Natives , Sun Hands

The Love Language , Heart To Tell

Love Language , Providence (from the HearYa Live Session)

The Union Line – Goldmine (from the lovely site Wake Up and Smell the Music)


The Love Language – Libraries [Album Review]

by That Guy on July 13, 2010

The Love Language album Libraries, released by Merge Records, 2010.  Cover art is shown.  Free MP3 download

It’s finally here. And it’s phenomenal. The Love Language release their second album, Libraries, on Merge Records today. Honestly, you really don’t need to read any further. Just go out and buy it – it’s that good. I haven’t been this excited about something since the 1991 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue came out.

Stu McLamb, the Love Language frontman and creative force behind the band, first caught our attention a couple years ago with their eponymous debut album. It had a great back story – boy meets girl, boy and girl have a tough break up, boy doesn’t take it well and gets thrown in the slammer, ultimately inspiring him to record a breakthrough album where he plays every instrument and records it all on a $300 recording device. That album was one of HearYa’s top 3 releases of 2009.

Now, they’ve signed to Merge Records, shaken up the band a little bit, and Stu has orchestrated yet another exceptional album – this time recording it in a proper studio with the help of producer, and now Love Language lead guitarist, BJ Burton.

Simply put, an album and band like this are what makes me love music. McLamb is true talent. And on Libraries he’s masterfully juxtaposed beautiful melodies with just the right amount of organized chaos, and infectious 60’s rock n’ roll with hip indie rock. You’ll be hard-pressed to find an album with two opening songs better than the one-two punch of “Pedals” and “Brittany’s Back” on Libraries. Other favorites are “Heart to Tell,” “Horophones,” “Summer Dust,” “Wilmont,” and “Blue Angel.” Yes, I know I just named almost every song.

Their manager, Geoff, was nice enough to send us an advance copy a couple weeks ago and I’ve listened to it more times than I can count. Safariman and I had beers the other night and were gushing over the thing like a couple of 13 year-old girls. Imagine two teenage girls (ugly ones) talking about that vampire movie with the guy with the Cro-Magnon forehead that likes to take his shirt off, except substitute the girls with me and a190-pound bearded man:

Safariman: I love that one song¦Wil-something?

Me: Wilmont? Incredible. I think my favorite is Pedals.


This went on for about an hour. I’ve been too embarrassed to talk to Safariman ever since.

So do yourself a favor and pick up Libraries immediately. You won’t be sorry. It will undoubtedly be one of my favorite albums of the year.

And, you can catch the Love Language touring now and later in the year with other HearYa favorites, Local Natives. Easily the can’t-miss tour of the year. In the meantime, check out some MP3’s.

The Love Language – Heart To Tell

Exclusive: The Love Language – Blue Angel (From the HearYa Live Session)

Video: The Love Language – Blue Angel (HearYa Live Session)


The Love Language, who were the final act playing at the SXSW 2010 day party, have recently wrapped up the recording of their latest album for Merge Records (one of the best labels out there right now). The new album is tentatively entitled Libraries, and will be available July 6th.

In other news, leader Stuart McLamb recently announced some changes to The Love Language lineup on their blog:

I’m sure you all have been hearing rumors of what has been going on with The Love Language for the past couple months. Most of them are probably true.

Apparently band members Tom, Josh, and Kate have left the band to pursue their side project called The Light Pines. I took a listen to their myspace page, and I liked what I heard. ‚ Good luck to everyone – lucky for us, there’s enough talent in that band to kill a small family. I’m looking forward to hearing more from The Light Pines.

And of course I’m as giddy as a schoolgirl for The Love Language release, as evidenced by my overly-eager awkward interaction with both Stuart and then his brother Jordan after our SXSW party.

Here’s an unreleased track from our live session with The Love Language. Hopefully it’ll find it’s way to the album.

Exclusive: The Love Language – Blue Angel

Here’s a live track from the Love Language called “Heart to Tell Her” which is anticipated to be on the new album. It’s a doozy and a half.

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The Love Language sign with Merge Records

by That Guy on December 7, 2009


Congratulations to a HearYa favorite, The Love Language, for recently inking a deal with Merge Records (also home to The Arcade Fire). Look for big things out of them next year when they release their first album on the new label. If you thought the self-titled release (which was recorded on a $300 device bought off of Craigslist), wait until these guys get into a studio together.

Here’s some of their studio recordings from our live session with The Love Language.

Exclusive: Love Language – Nocturne

Exclusive: Love Language – Providence

Exclusive: Love Language – Manteo

Exclusive: Love Language – Blue Angel (Unreleased)

Exclusive: Love Language – Graycourt

Download all the tracks as a zip file.

Video: The Love Language – Blue Angel

The Love Language – “Blue Angel” – HearYa Live Session 4/2/09 from on Vimeo.


The Love Language – Self Titled [Album Review, SXSW 2009]

February 19, 2009

The Love Language is an indie pop band from Raleigh, NC whose debut self titled release is the story of one man’s redemption, that of Stu McLamb who really comprised the entirety of the debut album.‚  McLamb wrote, performed, recorded and mixed the record, which is anticipated to be released in 2009 under the Bladen […]

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