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MP3 The Lava Brothers - Waking Birds Will Harmonize

This Chicago-based band of brothers delivers smart pop with meticulously crafted songs, intricate arrangements, and lush harmonies.

13 MP3 Songs
POP: Baroque Pop, ROCK: Modern Rock

This Chicago-based band of brothers lucked into the not-fake last name of Lava and the genes of grandfather Neal Hefti, a legendary jazz composer who wrote for Count Basie and Frank Sinatra before penning the Batman and Odd Couple themes. Two of his most famous tunes, “Lil’ Darlin’” and “Cute,” were written for the band’s (late) mother when she was a child.

As a result, the brothers grew up in a musical household where harmonizing was as routine as fighting over the front seat. Jesse and Josh played in a high school rock band together, but youngest brother Gabe, who then suffered from a single-digit age, was consistently denied in his efforts to participate. Gabe and his abilities eventually grew, of course, and as of 2007, the Lava brothers have finally become The Lava Brothers.

Their meticulously crafted pop songs are passionate yet intelligent — eschewing both the ironic detachment of hipsterdom and the bubblegum of the airwaves. Yet the band’s stylistic sensibilities run the gamut, careening from acoustic powerpop to brooding rock to classical-infused balladry. The result is an eclectic brand of “sophisticated and soulful pop” in which “fans of Rufus Wainwright and Steely Dan will both find much to like” (TimeOut Chicago). The brothers’ chemistry is particularly evident during live shows, in which the band often improvises songs and segues on the spot.

Before The Lava Brothers, Jesse was a political activist, Josh got a music composition degree from the Oberlin Conservatory, and Gabe gigged as a jazz guitarist.

“Waking Birds Will Harmonize” is the band''s debut record.

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