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There’s something to be said for the hard-working bands in the “indie-rock community” (whatever the hell that means, at this point) who have managed to rise above the teeming echelons of no-namers–many of which will forever remain buried in the netherworlds of the underground music blogosphere.
Then there comes along a group like White Laces.
Photo courtesy of the band
The sound isn’t exactly what you might call groundbreaking–an amalgamation of dreamscape textures and laid-back hooks that throb just outside the confines of a shoe-gazer’s rhetoric. But they’re a band with a vision, and that vision just happens to be executed with a remarkable, and at times almost clairvoyant, finesse.
This kind of self-realized artistry and conviction doesn’t go unnoticed. The band went from playing small theaters and bars in their hometown of Richmond, Virginia to a nation-wide tour last year in support of The War on Drugs. They found themselves selling out amphitheatres alongside a musical powerhouse fresh on the heels of releasing an album that garnered “best of” accolades from publications including Pitchfork and Rolling Stone.
The opportunity arrived on the heels of Trance, an album Wine and company released almost a year ago today. Swirling evanescence mixes with rhythms and harmonies that balance the songwriting with a deliberation sorely missing from many other bands who attempt to blend ambience with pop sensibilities.
But enough words, check out the tunes for yourself.
And don’t forget to check out the Discovery Artist feature on White Laces!
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