‘Disaster in La La Land’ album launch
Set for release at the end of May 2018, Lauren Guillery’s long awaited debut album will see the light of day with a launch at Debarra’s Folk Club, Clonakilty on May 25th. Recorded in two Leinster locations, ‘Disaster in La La Land’ affirms Guillery’s first rate songwriting and producing abilities, and the strong punk and blues influences that were already present in her 2007 debut EP ‘Listen!’. With a big sound that draws comparisons with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and some early PJ Harvey material, the album was co-produced by Stephen Shannon at Experimental Audio in Dublin and blends catchy upbeat songs with darker, heavier sounding numbers.
Having worked for ten years at an office job to save enough funds to produce an album, Lauren faced a cancer scare in 2013 that spurred her into getting her songs finally recorded so she could leave her mark on planet Earth. A fun and thought-out album, it was recorded using two different rhythm sections and studios. At The Green Room – a coastal studio in Greystones, co. Wicklow, Anthony d’Arcy’s (The Winters) fast-paced, dancy drums combined with Shane Murphy’s (Land Lovers, NoMonsterClub) disco bass lines provide a quirky pop-rock, up-tempo element that is less present in the rest of the album. The remainder of the recording took place in Dublin’s Experimental Audio with Brian O’Higgins (Spook of The Thirteenth Lock) on drums and Phil Daly (Howl, Elastic Affair) on bass providing a more punk, bass-driven outlook. Lauren’s guitar riffs and licks remind us that surf rock and Chicago blues didn’t happen that long ago, yet a grungy darker vibe runs throughout the album. With dreamy saxophones by Ewa Gigon and synths arranged by Stephen Shannon (Mount Alaska, Strands), Lauren’s voice and harmonies round up the package and bring the catchy lyrics home, to bring out an all round brilliant debut album.
‘Disaster In La La Land’ is an uplifting, yet somewhat dark piece of post-rock that recounts stories of Lauren Guillery’s life in Dublin city, where she lived for 15 years before moving south-west of Cork. The first single of the album, ‘Love This Life’ is due for release in April, and a tour of Ireland’s main towns and cities is being planned for summer and autumn of 2018 to promote the release of the album.
‘Absolutely excellent’ – GOLDENPLEC
‘Very fresh and exciting’ – HOTPRESS
‘Deliciously grungy’ – LECOOL