Lapush Homespun: Review of Modern Blues

Jul 4, 2007 at 4:00 pm

Lapush has been rather busy lately. The group is about to embark on a West Coast tour, while its song "Closer" has been nominated for "Best Alternative Rock Song" in the seventeenth-annual Los Angeles Music Awards. (Confused? Don't be: Lapush singer/guitarist Thom Donovan says the awards are open to indie artists from all over the world and compares it to the Grammys for indie bands.)

Even more exciting (at least to some people I know), the band has licensed music to a Lifetime series, Lisa Williams: Life Among The Dead, a show that revolves around the ability of psychic Lisa Williams to communicate with the spirits of the dead. Really. Awesome.

In this week's Homespun, Christian Schaeffer reviews Lapush's new EP, Modern Blues. And he likes it.

The title of the trio’s latest EP doesn’t refer to the musical genre, but the feeling of loss, heartbreak and bereavement. This can lead bands to write dreary, sad-sack mopers -- or, in the case of Lapush, turn the hurt into something grand and uplifting. Singer and guitarist Thom Donovan wrote the album-opening “Closer” after the death of his father, and it’s as good of a send-off as anyone could want: The spacey guitar atmospherics and the alternately sad and hopeful lyrics are enough to bring a tear to the eye of the hard-hearted cynic.

Read more in the paper or online; listen to "Closer" here.

-- Annie Zaleski