The band discussion, we’re told, started almost immediately after the release of 2017’s very well received, traditionally guitar/alt-rock-sounding debut album, ‘Introduction’; how should Lauren’s Court’s follow up a record which placed them on the fringes of the local ‘ones to watch’ lists and, well, what comes next? Of specific discussion was what should the next record sound like, and which creative decisions should be considered?
Like most musical acts trying to build on the moment of a strong debut, Court’s artistic contemplation proved difficult. Do you, as say The Strokes did with ‘Room on fire’ follow your debut up with an output which is, in essence, more of the same; or do you, say as Tame Impala did with ‘Lonerism’, strive to rip-up the rule book and start a-fresh with new ideas, new production tools and a move away from one genre into another?
Well, for those of us interested in hearing what follows ‘Introduction’, and where the band are moving to, we’re about to find out; because having spent most of the past three years considering/designing, and now, delivering their next release, ‘Lauren’s court’, is almost with us.
‘It’s been an interesting journey’ confirms one-fifth of Lauren, drummer Jack Otty ‘We’ve talked a lot about the sound of the band and where we want to move to. No one in the band wants to stay the same or to repeat the same steps, we’re all keen to push ourselves and our music into new spaces’.
Driven by ‘Lauren’s court’ first single, ‘Burn’, Lauren’s misses none of the angst, anger or sonics of ‘Introduction’ though interesting choices move their sound into original places; a saxophone solo on ‘Burn’ and a slow menacing introduction to ‘Falu’ provide suggestions of layered textures a-la Bowie’s ‘Black Star’, whilst ‘Coming on Down’ uses minimal, complex, guitar lines a-la Dave Gilmour to turn up the sense of loneliness and alienation prevalent across the nine-track release.
‘I think more than anything what we wanted to do with this album was to make music that was less expected but to keep the overall sound of the band’ continues Jack ‘maybe in the past people expected quite a guitar driven sound, and whilst we still have layers of guitar we also wanted to create sounds which fit with the lyrics of the record and the themes of anxiety and mental health. Sometimes you need the sound of a band as you change and fit with the lyrics’.
Moving across grunge and prog-rock ‘Lauren’s court’ is a leap forward for the band both in terms of content as well as production and composition, something the band are keen to showcase ‘more than anything we want to get the record out and let people hear the songs which we’re really proud of. Then we’ll start again and try to develop further’.
Let the conversations start again. The third album, so we’re often told, is even harder.