Laneous & The Family Yah make Mutant Soul and Croon Punk for your earholes. Alternatively cheerful, smooth and demented, James ‘Laneous’ Lane navigates his band through fiercely syncopated, occasionally bombast and otherwise wobbly grooves with his trademark falsetto croon and charming hip hop murmurs. Bubbling up out of the Artisan hotbed that is Brisbane’s West End, they’ve finely tuned their high energy and dynamic live show the old fashioned way – through grueling trips up and down the East Coast, crashing on floors and fighting over DJ duties in the tour bus. L&TFY love touring. Although it’s difficult to say whether they are more addicted to touring or recording. The past year or two has seen them grace the stages of Big Day Out, Parklife, Sunset Sounds, Peats Ridge Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, a National Regurgitator Tour and many other festivals amongst their non stop slew of club shows. L&TFY breathe, eat, shit, and vomit music. With a staggering 9 releases (Paper EP is Out in January) including 2 acclaimed albums, it is fair to say that they are amongst the most prolific artists in Australia. 2011 sees them release their Found Things Collection. Consisting of 3 x EP's, The ‘Scissors’ (1st), ‘Paper’ (2nd), ‘Rock’ (3rd) series will see L&TFY dismantle and explore the many musical ideas on ‘Found Things’, one EP at a time. Loosely, ‘Scissors’ will lean towards soul and melody, ‘Paper’ - a quirkier indie pop, art rock vibe and ‘Rock’ - Afro Punk and Hip Hop. Featuring a complete re-imagining of a track from ‘Found Things’, each EP will then also contain a swag of new tracks in a similar musical vein. 2011 also saw the birth of L&TFY’s ‘Pink Dove Show’ – a radical event/experiment curated by the band on their own turf and on their own terms. Exploding in a Sold Out West End warehouse, crammed with sporadic performances, off the wall bands (including Ben Ely’s Pow Pow Wow, Potato Masta, Pastel Blaze and others), theatrical vignettes and booby traps and an abstract/erotic peep show, the massively successful ‘Pink Dove’ has become a blueprint for the kind of underground art party events and renegade shows that L&TFY plan on touring in the years to come. Having inked a deal with iconic Australian label Creative Vibes (through whom they released ‘Found Things’ in October and are releasing the accompanying ‘Found Things Collection’ throughout 2011) Laneous & The Family Yah continue to landslide through Australia gathering with them a happy trail of smiling freaks and bewildered bystanders. 2011/12 sees them broaden their horizons with extended residencies planned in both Berlin & New York and a few other stops as they open invitations to extended Family Yah around the world. “He's like human centipede sewn out of all the greatest musicians from the past 80 years.” Liam Pieper, Beat Magazine “They blend styles at will, effortlessly moving from silky soul to beat-heavy hip-hop, never sounding contrived or overreaching.” Dom Alessio, Triple J “The insanity involved here conjures up thoughts of Mike Patton remaking ‘The White Album’. Yes, it’s that good.” Ben Johnson, Scene Magazine “Found Things will become an essential summer soundtrack, accompanying many road-trips, drug-trips, skinny dips and lazy kips.” Chris Bright, Beat Magazine “If there was ever a time to jump on a bandwagon, now would be it with Laneous & The Family Yah.” Jason Strange, Musicfeed.com “Sometimes it's obvious when a band is reaching the critical mass that will take their music to a much bigger audience… Laneous and the Family Yah, that critical mass point is now.” Noel Mengel, The Courier-Mail “Best Albums Of 2010”
Introducing Brisbane's Croon Punk, Hip Hop and Grunty Soul trouble makers... Laneous & the Family Yah feat. the Bird Fire Choir. We've chosen them to take the stage at Parklife 2009 in Brisbane!
Tell us about your music – how did you develop your sound?
Originally L&TFY was intended as a jam band. We played a Monday night residency at a Tea House in Brisbane’s West End for over 12 months and just experimented with ideas. In the early days, there was a kind of rotating membership until eventually the perfect line up just fell into place. We found ourselves on a gig together and decided to take some of the concepts we’d been messing with on the jam shows into the rehearsal room. We quickly discovered that the Family Yah was a little like a musical Young Ones, each totally individual, into different shit and yet somehow harmonious. Laneous is the Rick of the Band (the arty pansie), Tilla – Neil (the tall gentle dreamer), General Beats – Vyvyan (punk ass bitch), Peet – the semi sensible Mike and I guess Poz Serps is Alexei Sayle. Slam that through a meat grinder and wah-lah!! Grunty Rudeboy Soul & Croon Punk! Don’t expect any cameos by Cliff Richard though..
What can the Parklife festival audience expect from you live gig?
The spring has sprung, the grass has rise, I know where the Birdies is… We’ve been on the road for the past month Launching our Debut LP “St. Ill Regal” so Parklife couldn’t have come at a better time for us. You can expect the usual unexpectable extra spectacles – the Laniac of Love putting the cat amongst the pigeons, the Family Yah in full affect plus the all singing, all dancing, all romancing Bird Fire Choir and likely an onslaught of special guests and treats. We’ll be playing plenty from the record plus sneaking in a whole bunch of new material. Putting the Life Love back in Parklife!
Who are you looking most forward to see at Parklife?
Definitely Cool Kids, their “Bake Sale” record has been a big influence on Bake Staley (aka Lanee). Keen to check out Lady Sovereign too.
What’s coming up in the future?
The rest of 2009 sees us continue to play up and down the East Coast. There’s a few festivals on the L&TFY calendar that we are pretty excited about and then it’s looking like we’ll be heading over to New Zealand early next year to Launch the record there. Otherwise, we’ve already written more than enough material to record our next full album. Recently we shacked up in a pad in Melbourne and begun pre production for this, which is really exciting. Whilst most of our songs grow organically in the rehearsal room and live, we have also written a lot by experimenting in the studio. So I guess, by recording our ideas we are also evolving our live show in a way. Above all, The Family Yah is a group of best friends who genuinely love making music together. So no matter what, the future will see us doing that – be it in our living rooms or on the road.
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