MP3 Lapush - Modern Blues
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ROCK: Modern Rock, POP: British Pop
...the moving, emotional "Closer" -- a tune that sounds like Snow Patrol dreamily slow-dancing with Doves, as U2 and the Verve try to cut in -- has been earning some love from The Point (105.7 FM). Expect this song to be picked up by some CW11 teen drama or MTV show soon.
-Annie Zaleski - Riverfront Times
"Someplace Closer to Here" (2005) is one of those brilliant albums - one of my favorites - and the songs come across so perfectly on acoustic guitars at Lucas. Everyone I play that album for asks if they're from the UK. They can't believe it when I tell them they're from St. Louis - yep, that talent is St. Louis born and bred.â
-Darren Hall - Concert Promoter - LIVE NATION
If LAPUSH hailed from England, no one would be the least bit suprised at the band's debut, "Someplace Closer To Here", which recalls the romanticism of Coldplay, the insistent groove of Oasis, the drama of Radiohead, or the expansive bombast of The Verve. Savvy listeners would nod and smile at the lush production, the eclectic arrangements, and the gauzy vocals and tip their bowlers once more at the cleverness of another handful of talented Brits. The trouble is that LAPUSH, who sound every bit as good as the bands noted above, did not burst from a posh London studio, but from a basement in St. Louis, MO. The trio, which consists of vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Thom Donovan, bassist Kevin Bachmann, and drummer Brett Voelker, are masters of absorbing the emotion and intent of their influences and then creating a similar yet unique vision of those concepts. In the course of a LAPUSH song, you may find yourself being reminded of any number of like-minded UK bands (Kula Shaker pops up on "Tout Le Monde"), and often more than one in a single song. In the meantime, take pride in the fact that LAPUSH is part of a brand new generation of good old American heartfelt rock and roll.
Even though they hail from Middle America (St. Louis, MO to be exact), indie rock trio LAPUSH sound like they originate from the U.K. Bred on artists like U2, Oasis, The Verve and The Smiths, LAPUSH - comprised of singer/guitarist Thom Donovan, bassist Kevin Bachmann and drummer Brett Voelker - combine electronic sounds, acoustic instrumentation, sinuous synthesizers and flowing pianos to create interweaving layers and lulling soundscapes.
'Car Song'. Just listen to the effin' song so you know what I mean. Something about a xylophone makes me extraordinarily happy. LAPUSH hail from St. Louis and are out here in LA for a few days to tape Last Call w/ Carson Daly. 'Car Song'...a delightfully melancholy yet all-to-cheery song is off of their debut album, 'Someplace Closer To Here' - OUT NOW On FourFiveSix (Carson's Label FYI). You can listen to two additional tracks on the band's MySpace page - including "Aurora" which I highly recommend.
-Rock Insider Dot Com
Certainly Nelly, Chingy, Erin Bode, Story of the Year, and Lapush have circled St. Louis as a significant talent incubator.
-St. Louis Magazine
There's something eternally attractive about the rock trio format -- some of rock & roll's finest and most powerful bands have consisted of nothing more than a guy singing and playing guitar with a bass player and drummer alongside him. That's the format used by the St. Louis-based trio Lapush, but if you're expecting something like either the Jam's taut mod-pop attack or Cream's elephantine, bluesy swagger, think again: these guys specialize in a medium-tempo, sometimes rather mopey version of the rock trio approach that puts mood over hooks and doesn't hesitate to add a few quirky electronic keyboards to the mix. Singer Thom Donovan comes across as something kind of like an enervated Bono, letting his voice fall into a croak at times but rarely pushing himself to emotional extremes. As a guitarist he's more interesting than flashy -- "Tout le Monde" features what is probably the best six-note guitar solo ever recorded. Throughout the album there are hints of an extensive 1980s record collection; apart from the Bono influence, there's "Quit You Now," which sounds suspiciously like an Echo & the Bunnymen outtake circa 1984. But if you unfocus your ears from the derivative bits and take the songs on their own terms, you'll find yourself being quietly enchanted over and over again. Recommended.
-Rick Anderson, All Music Guide
Usually a five-piece, but after the recent, abrupt departure of a couple of members, the combo took a crash course in programming the unmanned parts in order to keep on keepin on. Result: Frontman Thom Donovan looks like Perry Farrell and sounds like Richard Ashcroft while fronting the lighter, less congested side of Muse.
-Danica Johnson MMS 2005 Review
Knowing LAPUSH is a St. Louis band, I was knocked out when I listened to their CD. Not that there aren't other great bands in St. Louis but LAPUSH have really captured the authentic sound of some of Britain's finest whilst still representing their own character. Ride, The Verve, Keane, Radiohead, Longview et all, and not a bad track to be found. Good luck Lads and happy and successful days.
-Les Aaron (105.7 The Point KPNT)
Lifting that British mood and sound up out of the 80's and into the next decade, more in the likes of the Verve, Radiohead and Coldplay, was the next band, the St. Louis trio, Lapush. Lead singer/guitarist Thom Donovan's haunting, heartfelt and seductive delivery, paired with smart, poetic prose, conjures some extraordinarily beautiful moments, especially in songs like, 'Quit You Now', and 'Aurora', these are songs that leave you hungry and aching someplace deep and unnamed. The tight, supportive, steady beat of Lapush's bassist, Kevin Bachmann, and drummer, Brett Voelker, propel every tune at a heartbeat-familiar pace that is never monotonous, overbearing, or overdone. In fact, Voelker is one drummer that every solid pop band yearns for: a skins-man who behaves himself. He plays in a way to best complement each song, versus ending every tune with a show-offy roll and crash of cymbals. A welcome relief. Rounding out Lapush's percussion was a nice fill of loops and electronics; enough to spice up each song without taking over. What started as a hypnotic dream blended into the bigger guitar rock of their new song, 'Get Up', a tune that flaunts an awesome fuzz on Bachmann's bass, and guitar so catchy it was impossible to keep still. Finishing off with their great track, 'Tout Le Monde', the band that had entered the stage with an Oasis-like aura now exited sounding more like the Jesus and Mary Chain. Wow. Make no mistake about it: both the October and Lapush are great alt-pop bands headed for great things, and late-comers missed out big-time.
Lapush combines jangly, angular (jangular?) riffs with Thom Donovan's earnest, expressive vocals, like the Strokes guitarists jamming with that other Thom's band circa The Bends. This trio mines the best characteristics of alternative acts from the past two decades, with many of the selected influences hailing from overseas, and organically fuses these ingredients into warm, catchy songs that deserve an immediate berth on any buzz station's rotation. -Riverfront Times Music Awards - BEST ROCK BAND
LAPUSH â Someplace Closer To Here (FourFiveSix) :: The insight and power of Nirvana without any of the bitter bile. Where dreamy techno ambience meets the heart and soul of rock 'n' roll.
-Metro Times - Detroit
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