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Love Inks Reveal New Track, Regular Lovers, Prior To Release Of New Album, Exi

With just a couple of weeks until Love Inks release their third album Exi, the Austin trio reveal sleek album standout track Regular Lovers. The band has also just announced a string of EU dates later this year including a show at The Shacklewell Arms in London on December 2.

Regular Lovers sees Love Inks at one of their most stripped back to date; it’s a powerfully sincere work that holds a whole load of emotion as Sherry LeBlanc’s silky vocals echo, ‘We’re regular lovers and it feels good’. In the words of Sherry herself: “It’s a dark, predatory love song hidden under seemingly blasé lyrics.”

Love Inks are a minimalist group making music that harkens back to early 80’s UK (Marine Girls, Young Marble Giants) and David Lynch’s Roadhouse. The group’s sleek, needle-precise sound comes distinctly from Austin, Texas.

The trio use a combination of delicate guitar sounds, played quietly as if from a 12-foot deep well, alongside a bass, creating both tension and melodic release, in conjunction with an electronic drum machine. The triangle is only completed by Sherry LeBlanc’s voice which leads the listener through every song whether it be mellow or dark. These three elements come together in synchronised dignity to make Love Inks.

The band’s use of silence and approach to instrumentation makes their music direct and sincere harking a real testament to that little old saying, that sometimes less really is more.

Love Inks new album, Exi, is set for release on September 8 2014.

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Love Inks Announce Release Of New Album, Exi

Austin trio Love Inks are delighted to announce news of their new album Exi which is set for release on Sept 8 via Republic of Music. It sees the group return to that minimal sound and aesthetic that fans discovered with their debut back in 2011. They’ve shared the first single from the album online now.

New track Shoots 100 Panes of Glass showcases the bands’ forthcoming album with a delicacy that is so subtle it takes a whirlwind of class to execute. Lead singer Sherry Le Blanc’s caramel vocals take you on a gentle journey into the hypnotising world of Love Inks.

Love Inks Exi album artwork

Love Inks Exi album artwork

Love Inks are a minimalist group making music that harkens back to early 80’s UK (Marine Girls, Young Marble Giants) and David Lynch’s Roadhouse. The group’s sleek, needle-precise sound comes distinctly from Austin, Texas.

The trio use a combination of delicate guitar sounds, played quietly as if from a 12-foot deep well, alongside a bass, creating both tension and melodic release, in conjunction with an electronic drum machine. The triangle is only completed by Sherry LeBlanc’s voice which leads the listener through every song whether it be mellow or dark. These three elements come together in synchronised dignity to make Love Inks.

The band’s use of silence and approach to instrumentation makes their music direct and sincere harking a real testament to that little old saying, that sometimes less really is more.

Live dates to be announced soon.

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Love Inks Announce News of New Album Generation Club Out In September

Austin, TX trio Love Inks are excited to premiere their stunning first single Solar Diary; a new track from their upcoming second album Generation Club which is out September 23 through Austin label Monofonus Press. You can listen to Solar Diary here.

2011’s debut LP E.S.P received praise from NME, Dazed & Confused, The Stool Pigeon, Grazia and many more for it’s sparse yet sweet hazy summer anthems. Now Love Inks, comprised of couple Sherry LeBlanc & Kevin Dehan, accompanied by Derek Brown on bass, present the fuller yet equally mesmerizing Generation Club.

Blending dream-like synths, Sherry’s distinctive caramel vocals and a brooding undertone, Love Inks invite you into a woozy realm of contemplation that, whilst still paying homage to the beauty of a simple melody, digs to a slightly more unsettled place.

Love Inks Generation Club

Love Inks artwork for new album, Generation Club

“There’s a lot of loneliness and isolation… and time is mentioned a lot” explains Sherry. “Time passing slowly is a theme for some reason.  Austin is a lazy town and time goes very slowly, we love it here but people don’t really hop to it so to speak.”

“To get the record done Kevin didn’t talk to anyone for a long time and just focused on recording. Isolating himself really angered all of his friends who thought he was being weird which furthered the level of isolation…Overall it’s a positive album but it is very reflective.”

With the record’s conception pointed at their first European tour and time spent in Berlin, it makes sense that Generation Club was created with their live show in mind, this time with a focus on creating a slightly fuller sound.

“E.S.P. was so short and minimal, our live performances felt like we were reading poetry at a music venue” Sherry recounts. “This time we wanted to add some mid-frequency tones to help balance out the quiet on stage. The album is still minimal and sticks with what we do best.  We’re always going to love drum machines more than live drums for this band, it just fits better.”

As with all of their recordings, Generation Club was recorded on a half-inch tape machine by the band in their home-town of Austin but this time mixed in an analogue studio by Matt Oliver at Big Orange Studios, using methods inspired by Kraftwerk & Brian Eno.

“It’s a labour of love when someone does that” Sherry muses. “It’s about their rhythm and timing and even muscle memory. It leaves very little room for error on the musicians part and adds very distinct fingerprints from the person mixing– there’s no auto tune or cutting and pasting within the tracks.”

Love Inks look forward to a US tour this fall followed by a string of European dates at the end of 2013. Details to be announced shortly.

Love Inks – Generation Club Preview from Love Inks on Vimeo.

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