Wall to wall, hardcore riffage; jostles intensely with the trenchant pen of chief songwriter and vocalist Johnny Black on the follow up to the band's warmly received eponymous debut record. Backed by one the greatest rhythm sections in the Irish hardcore scene - Black's songs scathe, expose life and love's injustices in sharp blasts of rhythmic noise. Ambitious in scope and scale, this record finds the band plundering their debt to metal, thrash and hardcore, whilst retaining their trademarked lyrical and melodic sensibilities.
Wingers & Chips
Have A Word With Yourself
Easy Peasy Meat
Off The Chart
Bonus Track Atlantic
Release Date03 Oct 2011
Easy Meat (Single)
Wee Buns (Radio Edit)
'Easy Meat' the title track taken from LaFaro's second album signals a departure in both musical and thematic territory. Recalling early Morphine, Ministry and NIN the stoner-swagger of the first album has been supplanted by droning riffology and bluesy nuance. Similarly, Johnny Black's lyrics have zoomed into examine other people's lives in even creepier and more exacting detail; as his songwriting matures so too does his ability to single out life's undesirables and our innermost, darkest thoughts.
At 2'17" the track transforms into what fans love LaFaro for, a killer breakdown with outrageously exuberant John Stainer influenced drum-fills, from this point out the track is a master-class into how to bring it to the front three rows. Even those sitting comfortably at home with earbuds and tea will want to take their tops off and shake a fist at someone.
Crushingly recorded by the band's now regular producer (a Bangor man simply known as 'Marty') this new set of songs have all the urgency and precision of LaFaro live.
In keeping with the album's theme of using Northern Irish colloquialism-as song title LaFaro's B-side to this single is entitled 'Wee Buns' and is well worth the purchase price alone.
Release Date06 Jun 2011
Chopper Is A Fucking Tout
Girl Is A Drummer
Not A Song
The Ballad Of Burnt Dave
Great Conversations Remembered No.36 Jeff Hinton
Cold Dog Soup
Party Hardy Marty
We're a record label - we deal in superlatives - but trust me STA brother/sister - LaFaro have delivered a recording so head-snappingly good this will become your staple listening with the Friday night carry out and your essential disc with the Monday morning grind into work.
LaFaro ... the people's band - this record is monumental.
Release Date10 May 2010
All Of These Things
Soundtracking a pit battle near you this summer - LaFaro return with a thunderous follow up to first single 'Easy Meat'. Backed with new recording of an older song 'All Of These Things' - this ltd. edition package will please fans new and old in equal measure.
Black vinyl, full colour matt sleeve - 500 copies - that's your lot! Go get'em tigers...
Release Date12 Sep 2011
The Ballad Of Burnt Dave (Single)
The Ballad Of Burnt Dave
Release Date28 Jun 2010