By Megan Paolone
[soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/29195918″ iframe=”true” /]
Though supergroups in the indie rock world certainly aren’t a novel idea (see: The New Pornographers, Monsters of Folk, Bad Books, etc.), there’s a new group that recently popped up in the indie blogosphere that you should be paying attention to, if only for what the sheer collective talent of its members might produce.
Lasorda is made up of Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids, The New Amsterdams), Nate Harold (fun., The Honorary Title, Koufax), Mike Strandberg (Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band, Brian Bonz & the Major Crimes), Dustin Kinsey (The New Amsterdams, White Whale, Higher Burning Fire), Josh Adams (Ghosty) and Suzannah Johannes (solo singer-songwriter). Pryor, a Lawrence, Kansas native, is also known for his solo work and he likely teamed up with Harold, Kinsey, Adams, and Johannes after playing in the same music circles. They are all also Lawrence-based artists. Strandberg, who has most often been seen as a guitarist on Devine’s and Bonz’s albums and tours, is the lone man from Brooklyn, N.Y. Strandberg plays a mean rhythm guitar, but does an even meaner Christian-Bale-as-Batman impression.
While the origins of the band’s name are anyone’s guess at this point, Lasorda probably comes from “la sorda,” the feminine Spanish noun meaning “the deaf one.” It’s an interesting and somewhat ironic name for a band, since all bands depend on their fans to hear their music.
Aside from the names of Lasorda’s members, not much else about the group’s formation is known. They’ve been on Facebook and have had two tracks on their Soundcloud account since November of last year, but only recently did the band sign to Clifton Motel Records. The blog post on the company’s site has seen a fair bit of attention since it announced the release of their debut album, but outside of that announcement and the two short demos on their Soundcloud, which each have less than 400 listens, Lasorda is virtually unknown.
The demos – “The Age of Wonder” and “Interlaid” – both feature Johannes on vocals and are certainly a harmonious synthesis of the group’s combined abilities. “The Age of Wonder” is slow-paced but catchy while “Interlaid” is a bit faster. The latter’s intro is vaguely reminiscent of the synth you often hear in Interpol’s music. Both demos clock in under three minutes, so it’ll be interesting to hear what the band can do to show off their musical chops on a full-length.
Lasorda’s self-titled album will be released both digitally and on vinyl Nov. 13, though preorder information is not yet available.
[soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/28776613″ iframe=”true” /]