Austin Texas band, Language Room, has released its new self-titled album. The story of Language Room is a pretty interesting one. A couple of old friends, Todd Sapio and Scott Graham bumped into each other in Austin, Texas after both had decided that they weren't really into the Los Angeles music scene and relocated to Austin. They picked up Scott's brother Matt to play bass. At this point I would normally say the rest is history; however for Language Room that was not necessarily the case. Two nights before an all important gig, the drummer went MIA and he's never been heard from again. Rather than cancelling the shows, the band hooked up with Caleb Kelly who was new to Austin. He moved to Austin from Colorado because he believed that was his calling, too make music.
Now the rest is history. I've gotten a chance to check out Language Room's album and I find it very original. Vocalist Todd Sapio kind of reminds me a Chris Martin-esque singer. He's got a great voice, but he knows his range is better for that. His voice is very relaxed, but the music behind him is all over the place. It's a neat combination. It reminds me of the movie "Vanilla Sky." Now I hated that movie, but there was this really cool scene that was pretty dark and Cameron Crowe decided to use the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" over that scene which made the scene gel. That is how I feel about Language Room's music.
A perfect example of what I'm talking about is the second song on the new album called "Run Out of Road." It starts out as kind of bluesy country tune, but musically it gradually turns into a carnival. It almost seems as if each band member wrote the music for his instrument in separate rooms then got together and played each part together for the first time and it just worked. I think my favorite song on the album is "I Want to Scream." It's a heavier track musically, but then Todd starts singing. His voice goes from calm to dramatic and back. I really like the band on this song. Musically it sounds like a song where the band could do a lot of jamming around it.
The first single is the first track of the album called "In Lines." The first thirty seconds of this song is a perfect example of what I've been talking about. The song starts off with this quick repetitive guitar riff, then the drums kick in with a beat that doesn't go with the riff at all, then another guitar comes over the top of that with something completely different, but it makes sense. The guys in Language Room have a great ear for song writing and makes for a truly original listening experience. "Language Room" is in stores now; if you get a chance, pick it up.
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