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Led by the restless musings of Sam Jayne, Love As Laughter play like a casual consortium of friends who’ve camped out for the weekend at a remote lake house with memories of classic rock lodged deep in their subconscious. There are no direct references to the Grateful Dead or Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and there’s a punkish energy fueling these ramshackle tunes that aren’t afraid to use electricity to make their point, as the scratchy distorted guitar chords of “Paul Revere” makes clear. But there’s an oddly cool retro vibe working under the surface. The band makes advantageous use of musical space, never overloading the tracks, but allowing each instrument to ring out on its own. Odd to think then that the band’s sixth album was put together in a New York City recording studio and that the band has called Brooklyn home for many years. There is an Iggy Pop city swagger and rockabilly guitar accompanying the rustic percussive jungle of “Baby Shambles.” The Rolling Stones’ urban approach to country music is recalled in the loose-fitting harmonies of “Konny and Jim,” while “All Parts of Me” turns a world music gumbo into a space jam.

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Love As Laughter has really moved into the awesome stage of music. This album is wonderful to listen to because it's like a ride at an amusement park on the moon. If you wanna go on an adventure then listen to Holy take you there, you just need good speakers or there are more ways of making music even better. But Be Warned! You are about to listen to art! So if your attention span is less then 15 seconds then this may not be for you, just as the greatest movies cant be watched with low attention spans.

top shelf

I have no idea what these other folks are listening to, but it's not repetetive at all and i love sam's voice. I really love this record....i think LAL just put out thier best record and i look forward to more!!! Oh yeah...Isaac brock's label and he's the most creative guy around.

LAL Continues Legacy

The problem with bands that have a long term and deep rooted musical legacy is that they tend to age un-gracefully and stray from their roots. LAL is an exception to this as "Holy" is as great as the rest. For those of you who have a history with LAL, trust me, you will enjoy this. It is mellow, but rocks none the less. For those of you that have no history with them, this is a good album to start with, but go back in LAL time and enjoy the rest as well. "The Greks Bring Gifts" on K Records influenced some of the best bands in the world. And, this album will help to build their legacy. Buy the album as it rocks and stays true to the LAL sound.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Following the 1994 dissolution of indie pop cult faves Lync, singer/guitarist Sam Jayne formed the lo-fi solo project Love as Laughter, self-releasing a pair of cassettes (an eponymous effort and Clear Sky = Blue Dye) before issuing The Greks Bring Gifts on K Records in 1996. #1 U.S.A. followed in 1998, heralding the additions of guitarist Jessica Espeleta and ex-Lync drummer Dave Schneider; Destination 2000, Love as Laughter's Sub Pop debut, appeared a year later. After following it...
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