LAL’s 10 Year Anniversary and the release of their hotly anticipated 3rd album, DEPORTATION.
Don’t Miss it!
Thursday, May 29th — 9 pm
Mercury Lounge – 56 Byward Market
w/guests : QR5, DJ Trevor Walker & Free Will & Poetic Speed
local sponsors: No One is Illega (NOII) Ottawaa / Stop Canadian Complicity in Torture / Common Cause Ottawa / Agitate – more info below!
$8 – $10 sliding scale
LAL’s music is the outcome of a collaboration between vocalist Rosina
Kazi, electronic music composer and producer Nick Murray (a.k.a.
“Murr”), bassist Ian DeSouza, and percussionist Rakesh Tewari.
From LAL: “LAL is a protest band representing Uganda, Bangladesh,
Barbados and India. Our new record ‘Deportation’ will be coming out in
May 2008. We hope you will support independent art and come out!
“The new record is called ‘Deportation’ and it was creatively triggered
by 9/11 and it’s affects, the deportation of Queen Nzinga [an artist and
activist who was deported to Costa Rica on International Women’s Day in
Toronto in 2004], and many others, Project Threadbare [a campaign to
stop the deportation of 24 Pakistani men due to racist immigration and
nationalsecurity measures], our experiences as migrant peoples, our
travels, andthose we’ve met along the way, our thoughts & spirits as
individuals andcommunities. We are grateful for the opportunity to make
music that speaks to issues of social justice.”
For more information about LAL
Check out the album mp3s here:
Introspective music you can dance to, qr5 is a singular combination
of pop contagion, folk sensibility, and world rhythms – respecting,
yet at the same time defying what is expected from any of these genres.
After spending years perfecting an ambient electronic/indie folk
sound, the band fused the style they had created with reggae
influenced rhythms to create a truly exciting new voice in Canadian
music. Heartfelt and pensive, sometimes even mysterious, but always
energized with a life affirming force, this is striking, original,
and emotionally evocative music.
With their intimate yet expansive delivery, the vocals portray a new,
almost post-modern point of view on the well-worn themes of love and
religion. With lyrics that artfully delve into every part of our
emotional lives, the instrumentation bobs and weaves with the singing
- creating a subtle exterior for music with a fervent conviction.
The band’s 2006 release Pharmakon infuses their thoughtful pop sound
with more rhythmic influences, creating a recording that is
emotionally involving yet upbeat and danceable. The strong
songwriting at the core of the group means the simple, central themes
of the music and lyrics are never overwelmed by the ambitious
production values or the band’s iconic visual identity.
For more information about QR5
Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts