Rust Records, an independent label out of Cleveland, Ohio, has released Changes (),
the debut recording from Lareau. The band, led by singer/songwriter Larry Lareau, combines the earthy textures of Ben Folds Five and Three Doors Down with the poetic imagery of Ben Harper. Lareau is joined in the band by multi-instrumentalist/percussionist Darrin Payne, guitarists Pete Gool, Chris Saxton, bassist Tim Reed and keyboardist Anthony Brown.
When six people click and take part in the development of a sound, explains Lareau, "it's a spiritually transcendent event. I just could not produce the flavors and complexity of sounds, ideas and songs on my own that this band created when we worked together unselfishly."
Rust President Ken Cooper adds, "I looked at our label's roster and realized we had some great rock and country music talent, but were missing something in between. This band fulfills that need."
Right from the outset Lareau decided that they wanted to make music with a focus on quality. If you were to judge them by their recording Changes, you would have to agree that they succeeded. The band believes in tradition, craftsmanship, and above all, delivering a package that speaks to its audience.
Larry was influenced heavily the Beatles, Moody Blues, Elton John, Billy Joel, and Hall & Oates. When you listen to Changes, from start to finish, you can hear how it infuses their approach and sound. Darrin Payne (drums, percussion, keys, supporting vocals), Chris Saxton (guitar), Pete Gool (guitar), Anthony Brown (keyboards), and Tim Reed (bass), are Lareau's supporting cast for the recording. It becomes evident rather quickly while listening to their music that the fairies visited the studio and sprinkled some dust around before they arrived because the chemistry and magic are all present during this session.
Changes is the kind of music you would expect to hear on the radio five times a day, blaring out of your next door neighbor's window on a hot summer day, the kind of rockin' fun that your hear driving by every night because they have their windows rolled down all the way and the music is blaring full blast. This is the chicken soup for the music soul kind of music, its good for what ails you.
Rust is a Universal Music Group imprint. Lareau will be worked out of the Adult Alternative division of the Rust Nashville offices in Tennessee. Tour dates will be announced shortly.
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