"We are real excited about it, mainly because we think it will improve people’s lives a little bit. Many friends and extremely talented people worked on it (friends you are extremely talented too) and I can’t believe they fit all that sweat and creativity and fun and emotion onto an album! You can hear all that stuff in the songs I swear to God. You should listen to it on awesome speakers or headphones. Or come tomorrow, new yorkers, to Beauty Bar for our record release party! -here’s the details:
Love as Laughter “Happy Birthday Holy” Party 8pm - Midnight - Beauty Bar (14th St. between 2nd & 3rd Ave.)
DJ “Mr. New York Night Train” Jonathan Toubin
Love as Laughter acoustic performance
'Holy' listening sesh
The actual band members and people who worked on the record and just random friendly people
Another band that put out some good records in the 90’s.
"Lead singer and guitarist John McKeown was joined by a regularly changing lineup of other musicians, including drummer Paul Thomson who joined in 1997. Original keyboard player Mark Gibbons committed suicide in 1999. Original bassist Mark Leighton committed suicide in 2003. Alex Kapranos joined in 1998. Thomson and Kapranos would later become the drummer and guitarist/lead vocalist respectively in internationally successful Glasgow indie band Franz Ferdinand.
John McKeown has since gone on to form the band 1990s.”
A few days ago I posted a link to Sam McPheeters’ (of Born Against & Men’s Recovery Project) Flickr stream. Well, I’ve decided to follow that up with an audio post of his rendition of Patrick Henry’s historic “Give me liberty or give me death” speech. (Cover art to follow in next post) When this came out in 1998 it had many folks scratching their heads, including me. However, after observing his various artistic outputs over the years, I can only imagine he wanted that. So take it for what it is and interpret it as you wish.
On a side note, I once booked a show for Men’s Recovery Project (following the release of the Patrick Henry 5”) and several other bands at a bowling alley in Tempe. At one point McPheeters ran onto a lane and slid on his belly (dressed as Patrick Henry), supported by applause and cheers. It was pretty funny and makes me wish digital photography was in full effect back then.
On a second side note, I found this link to an art show Sam and Neil Burke (Men’s Recovery Project) had last year. There’s a link to buy prints at the bottom and I decided to order the Burke print. http://www.needles-pens.com/humanhair1.html
A friend of mine is a member of the band Love as Laughter. He and I used to hang out in college and attempted to form at least one or two bands during that time. Around ‘98 he moved up to Seattle to get out of Phoenix. A year or so later, I did the same. We only hung out a few times in Seattle (mostly due to new circles and work) before he moved over to the East coast with LAL. We touch base every now and then via the tubes, but I don’t think I’ve seen him forrrrr 6 years? … Sh*t!
Anyway, when he heard we had a son he mailed me a copy of the new LAL album “Holy” that’s due out in June 24th. Since it arrived I’ve been playing it over and over. The best part is that Henry seems to enjoy it, as he’s always quiet when it’s on. Bonus points!