Stuart McLamb never intended to start The Love Language, but fate led him there.
In 2008, following a failed romance, a drinking binge, and detox time in the drunk tank, the North Carolina songwriter decided to focus his energies on something more productive: making music. McLamb filled a storage space with recording equipment and began a kind of musical therapy that later became The Love Language’s self-titled debut.
Fast forward to 2010: McLamb’s sophomore effort, Libraries, was recorded in a traditional studio environment — with the stipulation that its production retain the lo-fi sound that served McLamb’s first album so well. Good idea. Like his 2008 debut, Libraries effectively captures and expands upon his raw aesthetic; it also shows that even from at an improved station in life, the man can still write a song. You can see for yourself when The Love Language play the Casbah on February 25.
Show headliners Telekinesis are Love Language kindred spirits. Telekinesis mastermind Michael Benjamin Lerner wrote his latest album, 12 Desperate Straight Lines, as a result of romantic disconnection and catastrophe. Like the Love Language’s McLamb, Lerner also had to quarantine himself to get his thoughts on record. 12 Desperate Straight Lines was released last week.
An ideal pairing of two Merge Records artists, The Love Language and Telekinesis at the Casbah should be something to see. Get your tickets here.
The Love Language and Telekinesis on tour
Feb 24 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
Feb 25 San Diego, CA The Casbah
Feb 26 – Tempe, AZ – The Sail Inn
Feb 28 – Norman, OK – The Opolis
Mar 01 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown Jr
Mar 02 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St. Entry
Mar 04 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
Mar 05 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
Mar 08 – Cambridge, MA – TT the Bear’s Place
Mar 09 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
Mar 10 – Brooklyn, NY – The Rock Shop
Mar 11 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
Mar 12 – Washington, DC – The Red Palace
Mar 14 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl