Even prepared with the knowledge that Laurens Court are an alt-rock band with a DIY against the grain kind of edge, on my first encounter with their new track Burn, I was still surprised to hear an electronic drum intro. I know. Different right? Not what I expected. And the surprises didn’t end there. Electronic drums, emotive piano, angsty well harmonised vocals, and even some sexy sax are interjected with the loud and proud, more “rock traditional” sounds of electric and bass guitars and drums. This North-East based five-piece have definitely fulfilled their aim in the original music department. In their own words, they state that “if it sounds good, it sounds good” and from Burn, you get the impression that with these guys, anything goes.
With a title like Burn, I expected something powerful and fiery and was in no way disappointed by the way this was honoured. Listening to this song, I felt like a witness to a battle of the mind. A manifestation of thought into an ultimate explosion of feeling. I read a quote from frontman Dylan where he explains: “It’s about how the mind can be when it doesn’t allow itself to get help. The comparison of your own life to others, the frustration of not being able to stop thinking about the things you’ve done. It’s what happens when your feelings of pessimism and self-loathing convert themselves into feelings of anger and anarchism.” Mental health battles are a daily reality for some, and I tip my hat to Laurens Court for putting a spotlight onto an important subject that deserves more recognition and attention. The vulnerable ode to a difficult reality is a strong move.
The dark vibe and rough vs smooth threw me back to 1993 Radiohead, but that’s a pretty loose comparable. Expect the unexpected. If dark, unique and unpredictable is what you’re after, you’re in the right place!
Burn, the first single of Lauren Court’s upcoming self-titled album is due for release 3rd February 2020 along with a video, yet to be seen, but it promises to be a cinematic experience. The full album will follow in spring 2020. Keep your eyes and ears peeled!