Motherwell’s The LaFontaines release their follow up to 2015’s debut, Class. The lads have garnered a reputation as being one of the most exciting live bands by selling out slots at Barrowlands in Glasgow and the Koko in London along with playing festivals, T in the Park, The Great Escape, Reading & Leeds not to mention the Download Festival.
The dastardly second album released on the 27th October via Wolf at the Door records, and we have it in our claws. Say hello to Common Problems a 12-track foray into the minds of four musicians.
The LaFontaines have created a monster, they’ve become Dr Frankenstein and for me made an album that’d be in the top three records of my 2017.
Kerr Okan’s lyrical flow with this beat concocted of pure emotion on “Explosion” bypasses the foreplay with real vocals, real lyrics and music for their fans proud to be following, Common Problems has me already. “Too Late” continues with gritty lyrics and the electronic/synth sound. A chorus their fans can sing with at their live shows.
One of the many highlights of this record is “Hang Fire” the catchy chorus, Kerr Okan’s strong vocal skills reminds me of how Senser’s Heitham Al Sayad annunciates as he flows. The great thing with their hybrid style is these guys are not associated with one genre, their eclectic taste is a starter, a main meal and a desert on one plate.
The LaFontaines’ strong dialect allows them to have their own identity. You would be able to compare them with bands such as Biffy Clyro, which I will because they have the same aggressive play, especially in “Armour”. “Release the hound” is a wicked track, melodies with rap lyrics. A head bobbing, hands flailing in unison with Darren McCaughey, Iain Findlay, Jamie Keenan and John Gerard’s beat.
These guys don’t hold back in coming forward. Their songs concerning world issues are created with style and finesse, a vibrancy that gets the shoulders moving. They have a great way to hit you in the face with energy, passion and tunes that is so refreshing compare to what is out there in the music world at the moment.