We are pleased to announce the release of Obituaries the latest album by the wonderful Laish on 25 March 2013.
Obituaries – Laish (f0089)
Order the CD: £8.99 + P&P
Alternatively visit Bandcamp to preview and buy the download album +/- the CD:
- Warm the Wind
- Carry Me
- Delicate Creatures
- Petty Ruiner
“This is warm, heartfelt and uplifting stuff – with plenty of lush arrangements and vocal harmonies – but with a robust core that gives its own quiet power. Their subject matter appears to be ‘all human life’ which is the kind of thing to really get your teeth into. And they do.”
– DP, The Crack
“…the lush, percussive Visions has a shimmery acoustic vibe that somehow calls to mind The Sea & Cake, the title track is brilliantly rousing and Warm The Wind would be a smash hit in another, far lovelier universe…a major discovery”
– Lee Fisher, Narc.
“Tackling their self described grit-folk-pop with an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach, the Brighton based five-piece Laish deliver a solid follow-up in sophomore release Obituaries. Lead Daniel Green entertainingly plays frontman and proves an exceptional storyteller. Lush melodies are the watchword here, with enchanting vocal harmonies and instrumental counterpoint in the form of Emma Gatrill and Martha Rose on clarinet/accordion and violin, respectively. The whole enterprise is grounded in rhythm section Dan Harding (drums) and Patrick Lawrence (bass), who ably keep things moving along nicely.
Title track ‘Obituaries’ begins with a dirge-like call-and-response, then quickly swells into a briskly paced narrative of love and betrayal, its narrator a modern-day kin of Eleanor Rigby. ‘Visions’ sets a lovely mood of personal introspection. Romantic runs of violin and clarinet blend beautifully in ‘Warm the Wind’, a gentle testament of love as it is in real life. ‘Carry Me’ is a particularly bewitching delight, layering the whimsical tale of a penguin and horse over a driving beat and winsome vocals from Daniel, Emma and Martha, the track escalating to a soaring crescendo before ending in a lighthearted breakdown of warm fizzy fun. ‘Choice’ is a playfully upbeat rockabilly number. ‘Delicate Creatures’ and ‘Discipline’ exercise some personal demons (the latter complete with bird whistles!) while providing a showcase for Green’s virtuoso strum/pick guitar technique.
Much as the band is more than the sum of its parts, this is a dish best consumed whole in order to savor its many varied flavors. Rousing and reflective, pensive and philosophical, Obituaries hypnotizes the listener with a dazzling array of sound and lyrics.”
– Amy Michalik, FolkGeek
“…touching, wild and thoughtful, restless and romantic…it confirms Laish as one of the most compelling new English folk bands.”
– Rockerilla Magazine (Italy)
Read an interview with Laish front-man Daniel Green in The Rock Club
April 2013 Tour Dates:
Friday 19th – Prince Albert, BRIGHTON
Saturday 20th – The Wilmington Arms, LONDON
Sunday 21st – The Cumberland Arms, NEWCASTLE
Monday 22nd – The Castle Hotel, MANCHESTER
Tuesday 23rd – The Bicycle Shop, NORWICH
Wednesday 24th – Ort Café, BIRMINGHAM
Thursday 25th – Golden Lion, BRISTOL
Friday 26th – The Revelry, EXETER
Saturday 27th – Miss Peapod’s, FALMOUTH
MEADOWLANDS FESTIVAL – MAY 26, 2013
END OF THE ROAD FESTIVAL – AUG 30-SEP 1, 2013
Check out this excellent animated video directed by Mark Nute of the song Carry Me:
“Bold, warm, plaintive, Wyatt-esque….”
Daniel Green has been busy. A central member of Brighton’s Willkommen Collective, promoter, curator of collective compilation albums and presenter of Simple Folk Radio, Danny’s own band, LAISH, have morphed into one of the most original and mood-enhancing live bands in the UK.
LAISH’s first album was widely praised across the board:
“Beguiling songs of love” – Mojo Magazine
“Lush compositions, playful stories, clever and accomplished” – The Line of Best Fit
On March 25th the grit-folk-pop five-piece deliver a second album, ‘Obituaries’, the complex pop opus they have been promising for a while. It is an intoxicating, thought-provoking, heart-rending and humorous narrative of life, death and infidelity.
LAISH’s beautiful sound centres around the many facets of Daniel Green‘s lush yet frayed voice and guitar work – his hypnotic finger style on both nylon and electric guitar is a self-taught technique that sets him apart from his peers.
LAISH the band have been through many line-up changes but in the last year have become a solid unit. Featuring drummer Dan Harding, bassist Patrick Lawrence (of Sons of Noel and Adrian) and two angels providing both beatific vocal harmonies and lush instrumental arrangements – Emma Gatrill on clarinet & accordion and Martha Rose on violin.
Obituaries tells the story of love, lost & found and betrayal; it is an exploration of a desolate time. Yet within the intensity is much joy and humour too. Take Warm the Wind – which will be available as a free download – a heartfelt declaration, a pleading love letter of sexual frustration, at once touching and hilarious. Obituaries, is a haunting mantra of a man’s obsession with death and legacy and shows the new band at their noisiest and most intense. Visions explores similar themes from a more personal, reflective perspective; a delicately textured and rhythmically remarkable epic.
2012 has been a good year for LAISH. Radio play from the likes of Marc Riley, two headline tours of intimate venues in the UK, a tour of Germany, a triumphant mainstage performance at the first No Direction Home Festival and guest appearances with the likes of Grizzly Bear, The Leisure Society and Peggy Sue.
The album was recorded at Danny’s home, and comprises entirely of real instruments. It was mixed by legendary sound engineer, Mike ‘Stix’ Steer.