Library Voices is a congregation of childhood friends who grew up on a steady diet of basement shows, science fiction, and mid-west sincerity. Their self-produced third LP, LOVISH, was once again recorded in an old funeral home. The album was mixed by Dave Plowman and Alex Bonenfant (METZ, Crystal Castles, July Talk).
There was an extended period of time where it looked like LOVISH would never see the light of day. Months of endless touring and exhaustion in support of Summer of Lust came to a boil late one night in the bowels of the saddest hostel in Amsterdam. The next day hundreds of rats swarmed their van in Paris. After those highlights the tour started to go south. The band returned home, decided they needed some space, and agreed to see other people.
(Fast forward twenty four months)
Soon after Library Voices regrouped to begin writing what would become LOVISH singer/guitarist Carl Johnson was jumped, beaten, and left unconscious in the street in a random act of violence. The attack resulted in blood pooling on the front of his brain, a severe concussion, an inability to smell bad odors, and a long road to recovery. For a few months it remained uncertain whether he would be able to continue writing and performing music. Johnson contributed 7 songs to the album, although he still can’t detect foul scents. The remaining four tracks, including the first single Oh Donna and the miserabilist anthem Sunburnt In LA, are fronted by Brennan Ross.
The band, who once printed "Pop As Fuck” t-shirts, have upped the fuzz and upped the fidelity on LOVISH. Drawing on influences from The Sonics to Spiritualized, the seven piece outlet carve away focused, concise indie hooks and then colour outside of the lines with saxophone, Farfisa, and analog synths. The spit and hiss of an old Space Echo and a busted up tape machine runs throughout the guitar-centric album. The 11 song affair opens with the line “All of your heroes, they’re all assholes/but that don’t mean you should piss on your dreams” and then continues to both French kiss and shit talk the present for the next forty minutes or so. The band’s lyricist/multi-instrumentalist Michael Dawson jokes that he believes the government started tapping his phone after writing a song about the Prime Minister’s daughter so this time around he sticks to the much simpler topic of love.
LOVISH is available November 6th via Nevado Records. Library Voices will tour internationally throughout the fall of 2015 and winter of 2016. They will book nicer accommodations in Amsterdam and try to avoid concussions altogether.