The Lava Brothers | Waking Birds Will Harmonize

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Waking Birds Will Harmonize

by The Lava Brothers

Smart pop featuring meticulously crafted songs, intricate arrangements, and lush harmonies.
Genre: Pop: Baroque Pop
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1. Here Now
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2. Where Is the Rose
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3. The Other Side
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4. Smile
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5. Fly
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6. You Are Good Enough
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7. Stuck
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8. Less Love
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9. Tinnitus
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10. Love I Love
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11. Save
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12. October
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13. Today
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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This Chicago-based band of brothers lucked into the not-fake last name of Lava and the genes of grandfather Neal Hefti, a legendary jazz composer who wrote for Count Basie and Frank Sinatra before penning the Batman and Odd Couple themes. Two of his most famous tunes, “Lil’ Darlin’” and “Cute,” were written for the band’s (late) mother when she was a child.

As a result, the brothers grew up in a musical household where harmonizing was as routine as fighting over the front seat. Jesse and Josh played in a high school rock band together, but youngest brother Gabe, who then suffered from a single-digit age, was consistently denied in his efforts to participate. Gabe and his abilities eventually grew, of course, and as of 2007, the Lava brothers have finally become The Lava Brothers.

Their meticulously crafted pop songs are passionate yet intelligent, ranging from acoustic powerpop to brooding rock to classical-infused balladry. The result is an eclectic brand of "sophisticated and soulful pop" of "sophisticated and soulful pop" that "fans of Rufus Wainwright and Steely Dan will find plenty to swoon over" (TimeOut Chicago). The brothers’ chemistry is particularly evident during live shows, in which the band often improvises songs and segues on the spot.

Before The Lava Brothers, Jesse was a political activist, Josh got a music composition degree from the Oberlin Conservatory, and Gabe gigged as a jazz guitarist.

“Waking Birds Will Harmonize” is the band's debut record.

*NOTE: BE CAREFUL WHEN REMOVING THE CD FROM ITS PACKAGING. PUSH THE CENTER BUTTON WHILE GENTLY LIFTING THE CD; DO NOT SIMPLY PRY THE CD FROM THE CASE.


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Aaron

Wow!
This album is intricately linked from track to track. They flow together wonderfully hitting raw emotions of love and loss, friendship and family as well as pure energy throughout. Love I Love presents an edgy track that resonates as my favorite while stand out songs include "You are Good Enough", "October", and "Smile". Its well worth the purchase and more than a few plays on your cd player, ipod, computer or what have you. Enjoy.

Peter Manhart

Beautiful Debut Effort
I first saw the Lava Bros. as a two-piece at a small bavarian restaurant in Chicago in front of a handful of people, and I knew then that these guys were special. With a songwriting style that, at times, reminds one of greats such as Elliott Smith or the Beatles, they use their extensive musical training to provide a comfortable, easy sound that almost anyone can enjoy, but with enough depth that the most educated musicians will be satisfied as well.

On "love I love" they channel Jeff Buckley, while the songs "you are good enough" and "less love" remind one of some Elliott Smith tunes.

"Stuck" is a more radio-friendly, Beatles-esque waltz.

"October" is a mellow, heartfelt ballad about the Lava Brothers' late mother, which can't be pinned to one style, but rather is exemplary of the Lava Brothers' ability to combine numerous styles into an expertly crafted, wonderfully emotional ballad.