eyelet/islet is the band’s debut release.
Matt Carter | @m_j_c73
From the beginning, LAPS was a band destined to please my ears. Even before I heard the first notes of sleep toss duvet, a track recorded as part of the Live at the Recordery series, I knew I was going to like this band. At first glance, I saw a bass player turned guitarist, a guitarist turned bass player, a guitarist known for cutting his own sonic path, and a dynamic drummer who’s love for music knows no boundaries. LAPS could only prove interesting.
Tate Lejeune’s free sense of melodic accompaniment lends a pleasing compliment to guitarist/vocalist Heather Ogilvie’s guiding rhythm on each of the four tracks that make up the band’s debut EP. And somehow the rhythm section of Cedric Noel and Scott Cunzer make every change in time and direction (and there’s a lot of them) seem effortless.
There is a definite Deerhoof influence running through each of these four tracks, as well as a strong mid-90s D.C. feel, not unlike The Warmers.
As the band moves confidently through poppy undercurrents and unusual time changes, what stands out most on this release is Ogilvie’s vocal delivery. Amidst the complexity of each song’s structure, her voice is calm and welcoming, drawing even the most hesitant listener in for a closer examination of what’s really going on.
Melodic indie prog or rudderless post-punk. Either way, LAPS are on to something special and eyelet/islet deserves your attention. The EP will be officially released April 1, 2016.
LAPS will be performing a number of shows throughout April in support of eyelet/islet.
April 1: The Capital Complex, Fredericton, NB w/ Cellarghost, Nightbummerz, The Noisy Mountain
April 4: Thunder and Lighting, Sackville, NB w/ Klarka Weinwurm, NVN (solo)
April 8; Menz & Mollyz Bar, Halifax, NS w/ Klarka Weinwurm, Nightbummerz, Faw Haja
April 9: Radstorm (All Ages), Halifax, NS w/ WHOOP-Szo, No Problem, Century Egg
April 15; Peppers Pub, Saint John, NB w/ Brookside Mall
April 22: The Capital Complex (Flourish Festival), Fredericton, NB w/ Omhouse, Family Planning
Recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Corey Bonnevie in Saint John, NB.