The LaFontaines are back! The ballsy Scots return with an absolute beauty of an album in the form of Junior, a catchy, hard edged compelling recording that just grips you from the off and doesn’t let go. If you have yet to catch this crazy trio live, up close and personal you just have too. The album will take you on a sonic journey, but you get to the destination when you hear this majestic recording live, the energy in the room is unreal and the audience bounce off the guys something shocking, the fusion between guitarist Darren McCaughey’s creative workings, Kerr Okans beautifully delivered vocals and drummer Jamie Keenan’s majestic drum work makes for a really intriguing package.
I caught these guys for the first time live supporting Don Broco in 2018 and they commanded the stage, the room was bouncing from front to back and their intensity live was infectious, then again this year supporting Deaf Havana on their recent UK & Ireland Tour where they brought their A-Game in droves. The same energy and verve is apparent across Junior, each track is a highly addictive number that grows under the skin and eats at your brain making to hum it over and over again like a rabid LaFontaines infected dog. First world problems I know, but it ain’t a bad complaint to have.
Junior is a ballsy, edgy album that packs a punch, melodic and beautifully delivered all at once, there’s a bit of everything here to keep the LaFontaines faithfully happy and then some, it should help propel this talented trio to even greater heights. You have elements of Rock, Rap, R’n’B and Soul across eight heavy hitters. These guys offer a down to earth approach too which makes them and their music more relatable to the masses and keeps the fan base growing and returning to those all important live shows.
Junior is out now via So Recordings and is highly recommended.
Anything At All
Switch Out The Light
Tomorrow Won’t Worry Me
Catch the guys on a short intimate tour supporting the new album:
UK HEADLINE TOUR
Thurs 13th June – St Lukes Church, Glasgow *SOLD OUT*
Fri 14th June – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
Sat 15th June – Fat Sams, Dundee
Sun 16th June – Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
Mon 17th June – Caves, Edinburgh
Tue 18th June – O2 Institute, Birmingham
Wed 19th June – Camden Assembly, London *SOLD OUT*
Thurs 20th June – Night and Day, Manchester