Posted March 19, 2013 at 10:21 am
Get ready New York! La La Lush, who recently released their debut album, is preparing to blow the minds of music fans everywhere.
Formed in the Bronx by Leea Borst, Steve Scarola, Stephen Federowicz, and Cashel Barnett, La La Lush is a new indie electro-rock band that brings a new flavor to the music scene. Finding each other through mutual friends at Fordham University, these four musicians decided to take their individual musical interests and collaborate to create a new, unique sound. Being that these individuals started out as a college-based band, performances by La La Lush typically relied on openings in the basements of “Fordham party houses” as well as small, casual, local venues. After promoting themselves through various Fordham events, such as “Fordham Mornings,” a show sponsored by the school, the members of La La Lush quickly established a following within the Fordham community. With the hopes of surpassing the college music scene, La La Lush recently achieved their goal with the release of their first self-titled album this past February.
On February 9, La La Lush expanded their horizons performing their first CD release show at Webster Hall in New York City. How did they achieve this? Lucky for them, current band member Steve Scarola had established relationships with Webster Hall’s booking agent during his experience as the guitarist and vocalist for the Long Island band “Push Play.” As a result of these connections, the group had the opportunity to perform with Phil Bensen, a long time friend of Scarola’s, and showcase their album to a wider audience.
Being that I was a huge fan of Push Play before its members parted ways, when I heard that Steve established a new musical group I knew I had to check it out. Although their sound is different than what I would typically listen to, I was certainly glad I gave them a chance, as I immediately fell in love with what I consider to be their best song, “Fall To The Ground.”
(check iTunes for the band’s updated recording of “Fall To The Ground”)
“Fall To The Ground” quickly grabbed my attention as the song to listen to through its pop-rock feel and strong vocals by lead singer, Leea Borst. Further, within the middle of the song, a strong guitar solo amps up the track and further prepares listeners for it’s upbeat, strong rock ending. Also featured on the album are songs such as “Alone Again,” which are softer indie-rock tracks, as well as songs like “King Is Coming,” an extremely edgy, metal-esque song where the band debuts their ability to include rap into their records – quite the variety of musical genres!
Although the members of La La Lush have only been performing together for a little over a year, it seems that they have their eyes set on the future and are ready to take over the music scene. Part of what I love about La La Lush is that their first album was not only self-written, but also self-produced and self-funded. Additionally, as vocalist Leea Borst has told the Fordham Ram, “we all contribute to every aspect and area of a song so to say one person is in charge of this department or that department wouldn’t be a fair evaluation of our songwriting process.” In my opinion, this aspect of their relationship is what makes the band so unique and original – rather than have one person cover each area of the creation process, these individuals truly work together to incorporate all of their musical styles and tastes into one finished product. Additionally, I feel that the band’s ability to have such a diverse sense of genres on one album alone also adds to their uniqueness and definitely separates them from any other indie band you may be familiar with!
For La La Lush, the band describes their main reason for performing and recording together as a way to “have fun.” Thanks to the support of their school community, friends, family, and fans, it sure seems like these musicians are going to get to experience “fun” in an entirely new way as they start on their path to musical success.
For a first look at two more songs, “Contravictory” and “Building of an Empire,” as well as an exclusive interview from “Fordham Mornings,” check out the video below!
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