LacrosseBooker: Sebastian Tim
In 2007, they gave you love and joy. In spring 2009, Lacrosse return with more love and joy – at least on the surface.
Lacrosse's debut album "This New Year Will Be for You and Me" had the critics use words like "euphoric", "perky" and "sunshine pop". On the follow-up, the six-piece pop combo teamed up with acclaimed Swedish producer Jari Haapalainen (The Concretes, Ed Harcourt, Moneybrother, The International Noise Conspiracy etc.) to create an opus with no less euphoria, but a lot more edge.
Lacrosse's music sounds as if it's being performed by children, but written for adults who stumble their way through life, explains Jari Haapalainen. Recorded at the legendary Studio Gröndal in Stockholm, "Bandages for the Heart" shows a heavier and darker side of Lacrosse. With traces of disco, punk, flamenco and krautrock, the album will have you bouncing on the brightest lit dancefloor and crying in the darkest corner, all in the span of 37 minutes.
Lacrosse's debut album "This New Year Will Be for You and Me" was quickly dubbed "Record of the Week" by Rough Trade and "Pick of the Week" by Norman Records in the UK. During last year's extensive touring in Europe, Lacrosse also gained a reputation for being an explosive live act.
This is no less apparent on new studio tracks such as "It's Always Sunday Around Here", "Come Back Song #1" and the upcoming single "We Are Kids". Producer Jari Haapalainen has crafted a modern sound that captures the core of Lacrosse without losing the frenzy of their live performances.
However, to sum it all up let's put it this way: Lacrosse's second album opens the door to darkness. The sound is heavier and more frenetic. Lacrosse is still a soundtrack for endless summer nights, but the summer nights are now cold, hungry and desperate for love. Or, as lead singer Nina Wähä puts it:
- "The album sounds like a cross between a cactus and a kitten"!