on 26 September 2014
With Hour of The Dawn, Katie Goodman's La Sera makes her previous project, Vivian Girls, seem twee in comparison. There's no better example than the album's opener "Losing To The Dark". It's a blast of distortion and wailing guitars that instantly puts over the new-found emphasis on a louder, faster and more aggressive energy for La Sera. The former "Kickball Katie" channels Husker Du with an ability to write what in essence is a punk song but with catchy hooks and melodies strongly featured.
There's still a strong presence of sixties pop with the arpeggiated guitars, tight harmonies and a bright solo that follows the lead melody that featured on many a hit from the decade. It sounds as though it would be ideal for a spontaneous road-trip as it balances both power and energy and understated moments, featured on the title track and "Control", that allow the listener to take a break. It can be said about acts that takes a faster approach that they either make something that has no repeat listenabilty or its slower, quieter points meander and ruin the overall flow, both due to a lack of focus. La Sera avoid that those pitfalls quite easily with sharp beats ideas that keep everything tight.
The sense of adventure carries on throughout as the album ends on a track that is La Sera's twisted take on another sixties cornerstone with guitar work that dare I say is reminiscent of early Surf Rock but turned up like when Pixies covered The Surftones' "Cecilia Ann".
La Sera harks back to great things of the past on How of the Dawn, but indelibly etching their own stamp on it whilst also creating a sound that could be heard all summer thanks to the trademark jangle that has featured throughout Katie Goodman's career.
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If you listen to one song this week make sure it's 'Fall In Place'
from La Sera's new album 'Hour Of The Dawn'. A Vivian Girl no longer,
Katy Goodman has, together with producer and ace guitarist Tom
Wisenbaker, delivered a cracking bunch of tunes which rattle along
raucously, mashing up 70's punk energy and mayhem with affectionately
derivative but ebulliently fresh 50's and 60's infused pop melodies.
It's a winning formula and the Summer will be brighter because of it.
Other than the aforementioned piece of sonic bliss there's a lot else
to get excited about. The blistering opening track 'Losing In The Dark'
has something of the spirit of early Blondie about it and will probably
leave scars on your eardrums; 'Summer Of Love' is as pretty as pretty gets
and sports a deliciously lyrical solo from Mr Wisenbaker and '10 Headed
Goat Wizard' (surely a hot contender for silly song title of 2014) which
rattles along on a wave of jangly guitar and psychedelic vocal harmonies.
Daniel Gomez (rhythm guitar) and Michael Gleeson (drums) complete the
ensemble and it's clearly evident that everyone's having a good time!
I did too!