Life crises spark birth of The Love Language (Created February 20, 2013)
On a downward spiral that included a bad breakup, constant drinking and eventual incarceration, Stuart McLamb put the breaks on his early-life crisis by turning to music. The North Carolina native embarked on a recording project meant for the ears of his ex-girlfriend a circle of confidants. Ultimately, it became something much bigger.
The Love Language, as McLamb's band is now known, was an early mess of moody piano ballads, emotional maladies and rocking rejection tunes. Their self-titled debut was released through Portland Independent label Bladen County in March 2009, with McLamb describing the project as a "near-death, bottom-rising situation." It received some critical praise and caught the attention of fellow North Carolina rockers, The Rosebuds, who asked The Love Language to join them on tour.
During the conception of their second album, "Libraries," McLamb's ensemble (including Missy Thangs on keyboard and his brother Jordan McLamb on drums) disbanded to pursue other projects. As a result, McLamb moved back to Raleigh and worked with producer/engineer BJ Burton to hone the sound, direction and energy of the record. Critics embraced the colorful arrangements, guitar swirls and bluesy ballads, and The Love Language carried that momentum on tour.
There's still no word on when The Love Language's long-awaited third album will be out, but they do have several shows booked for April 2013 at The Garage in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. They'll also be playing at the SoapBox Laundro Lounge in Wilmington on Saturday, April 13, with opening acts Jenny Besetzt and Lollipops.
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