Chapel Hill’s The Love Language began in 2007 as lead singer and songwriter Stuart McLamb found himself living with his parents after a particularly disastrous break-up. He rented a storage space, borrowed some gear and started recording the album on a 4-track. He passed the songs around, and when he received an invitation from The Rosebuds to kick off their Life Like tour, he formed a band with six of his closest friends.
The Love Language’s self-titled debut was released in March of 2009 by Portland’s Bladen County Records to rave reviews. Several heralded performances at SXSW and the Monolith Festival and tours opening for Cursive, Rural Alberta Advantage, and Headlights have established Stu as a songwriter to watch and The Love Language as a not-to-be-missed live band.
The Love Language are currently at work on their sophomore record which will be released on Merge Records in 2010. Stuart says, “As of yesterday I’ve overdrawn my bank account by $200, my girlfriend dumped me and my car won’t start. I think this Merge deal could be a real turning point.”
The Love Language will be at CMJ and have more tour dates planned through the end of 2009.
The Love Language is Stuart McLamb (electric guitar, vocals), Jordan McLamb (acoustic guitar, percussion, vocals), Junis Beefmonth (electric guitar, vocals), Missy Thangs (keyboard, vocals), Joshua Pope (bass guitar), Kate Thompson (organ) and Thomas Simpson (drum kit).
“Though love and heartache abound on The Love Language, McLamb is neither guilty of romanticizing the past nor projecting bitterly into the future. Instead, he candidly recalls the low points of love â€” the “violent fights,” mistakes, and liesâ€” from behind a veil of dreamy reverb, jangly guitars, and peppy tambourine beats that seem to cushion the blow rendered by McLamb’s lyrics.” – NPR
“…a casually stunning work of one-man-band lo-fi indie pop. McLamb’s songs – a mix of moody piano ballads and bouncy guitar rock – are aching love letters to his ex that combine the emotional directness of Big Star with the raw immediacy of Guided By Voices.” – Spin