Streets of Laredo: Lonsdale Line
Maybe it was because I was driving through a grove of Redwood trees when I heard the line, "the old man is driving, he's driving redwood," or was it the fact that I found myself singing all of the words by the end of the song; either way, the conclusion is a definite one, Streets of Laredo are an incredibly talented band.
The track "Lonsdale Line" is infectious, heartfelt, uplifting and well, an all-around great song. The lyrics evoke that of a traveler on a journey through the vast American terrain. The bluesy vocals and foot-stomping instrumentation (sounding somewhat like a train) are the perfect accompaniment to execute this song. The vocal delivery and creative use of instruments paint the perfect picture for what the song represents -- allowing for the listener to vividly visualize the traveler's tale. The video uses papercut animation to tell the story of a young man embarking on a train... with the guidance of a heavy-eyebrowed lumberjack, talking trees, cat-like storms and a singing sun. Creatively genius.
The story behind Streets of Laredo is material for a song in itself. The band's earliest recollections of forming come from 2012, on the Coromandel coast of New Zealand where they began throwing around ideas in a beach-house. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Josh Tillman (Father John Misty) and Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe), the band formulated the idea of starting a band, which then spawned the idea of relocating to Brooklyn.
“In the fall of 2012 we found ourselves a rehearsal space in an industrial building in Bushwick, just off the Morgan stop, and started playing one of our first songs, ‘Girlfriend’ over and over for hours on end. Just trying to figure out our sound, who we were, and how we were possibly gonna survive in this town. The only thing we knew was that we’d finally made it to New York and we sure as hell weren't about to leave.” (Windish)
Their determination and encouraging attitude led them to forge relationships with a creative cluster of people in the Brooklyn music scene. The original four-piece family band quickly acquired new members for the recording of their album.
They recorded the beginnings of their debut EP 'Volume I & II' in a converted theatre in Auckland; capturing their distinguishable sound. Head over to their website to download 'Volume I & II' for free (as if there were not enough reasons to love them already).
Not only is this band a living example of following your gut and pursuing your dreams, but they seem to be mastering it. Their model provides a huge source of inspiration and encouragement to us.
Streets of Laredo are receiving praised reviews for their live performances. We can not wait to see them first hand at this year's SXSW. See you there?