Although they've been on the go since 2008 you, like me, have probably never heard of Canadian outfit Lab Coast. With the release of this eponymously titled 16 track compilation, however, the good folks at Faux Discx are hoping to set us all straight as to what we've been missing out on all this time.
The band's output ticks pretty much all the DIY, jangle, lo-fi etc. boxes so if the likes of Pavement, The Pastels, Daniel Johnson and such are your cup of tea then you'll find much to like here.
A swift look at bandcamp reveals there to be at least five albums for you to delve into after Lab Coast has had the desired effect upon you. The quintet's sound certainly feels like the audio equivalent of slipping on a favourite piece of clothing you've not worn for a while - recognisable but you can't quite remember when you last wore it.
I'm maybe too long in the tooth to be coming over all "new favourite band" about anyone these days but Lab Coast certainly have that sort of appeal to them and it's an age since I've had the chance to binge out on a band's back catalogue upon first being introduced to their work. Hearing the songs in their original contexts is pretty much a must though.
It's hard these days to keep up with the multitude of releases and bands out there seeing as anyone can self-release practically whatever & whenever they like but if Faux Discx and other labels are keeping their ears to the ground for us gems such as Lab Coast should in time get the wider exposure they so obviously deserve.
12/05/17 • WREXHAM, UK • Focus Wales Festival
13/05/17 • SHEFFIELD, UK • The Audacious Art Experiment w/ The Hipshakes
14/05/17 • LEEDS, UK • Brudenell Social Club
15/05/17 • MANCHESTER, UK • Fuel
16/05/17 • YORK, UK • The Basement
18/05/17 • EXETER, UK • The Phoenix
19/05/17 • BRIGHTON, UK • Family Store w/ Garden Centre
20/05/17 • BRIGHTON, UK • Escape From The Great Escape, The Westhill Hall
22/05/17 • LONDON, UK • The Shacklewell Arms w/ The Molochs
24/05/17 • KORTRIJK, BE • De Kreun w/ Preoccupations
25/05/17 • GRONINGEN, NL • Vera w/ Preoccupations
26/05/17 • BERLIN, DE • Venue TBC
27/05/17 • PRAGUE, CZ • Futurum w/ Preoccupations
29/05/17 • LIEGE, BE • La Zone w/ Priests
01/06/17 • BRIGHTON, UK • The Hope & Ruin w/ The Sticks