Washington Square Music (Razor & Tie’s imprint label) announces the signing of Los Angeles based duo, La Bouquet. The musical miscreants La Bouquet, carve out “emotional songs you can dance to” on their debut EP, Heavy Sunshine, which will be released November 10th, 2017. Leading up to the release, La Bouquet will perform at The Roxy Theater in Los Angeles on November 7th in celebration of the EP. Today, the band released a new track off the EP along with a brand-new video on FLOOD Magazine for “Kiss Me, Kill Me.” Driven by propulsive percussion, a danceable groove, and six-string delay, it is a story about heartbreak and somebody who has so much power over you that you’re begging to be hurt, to feel anything at all. Check it out here: http://bit.ly/LaBouquet.
Siphoning bedroom-rattling R&B falsetto through post-punk soundscapes, the duo—Bryan Sammis and Jake Lopez —exist between two worlds. “Obviously, there’s an eighties influence, but there’s also a big R&B influence,” says Bryan. “At the same time, we also come from a punk ethos. We don’t want everything to sound too perfect. We just want every note to evoke some sort of emotion.”
The seeds for La Bouquet were planted when Bryan and Jake met at their Los Angeles high school. The two kept up over the years while Bryan joined The Neighbourhood on drums, performing, writing and touring on the group’s gold-selling “I Love You.” After splitting from The Neighbourhood in 2015, he turned his attention towards the indie-pop solo project Olivver The Kid, where longtime friend, Jake Lopez joined him as a touring guitar player/writing partner, and they supported Halsey throughout North America in addition to a jaunt across Russia “On tour, we started talking about doing something for real,” recalls Bryan. “We wanted to make music that was fun to play live together and that would be very collaborative between us. We’re both ‘lifers’ in this game. We’ve honed our skills through touring and playing with different bands. So, we just began writing together and it all came together pretty quick”.
Between building a local buzz around L.A., they hit the studio for the recording of Heavy Sunshine (as well as their forthcoming LP), which has already garnered praise from the likes of Baeble, BuzzBands.LA, FLOOD Magazine, Mad Sound Magazine, and more, and has amassed over 750k streams on self-released tracks, while the track “Loveless” continues to receive support from KROQ Locals Only. Musically, each song had to pass what they referred to as “The Night Drive Test.” “If you can drive to a track late at night with the windows down smoking a cigarette, it passes the test,” he goes on. “These felt right.” Sonically and visually, Heavy Sunshine figures into a much larger vision for La Bouquet. “The art, aesthetic and tone are integral to our band. We pay close attention to every detail. It’s all a part of who we are.”
Ultimately, Heavy Sunshine represents the perfect soundtrack for drunken nights dancing pain away and pondering lost love. That said, they’ll undeniably make you think and feel. “I just want people to feel something,” Bryan leaves off. “In many ways, like most people, we’re just winging it, but it’s all about bringing people together. I feel alive when I sing these songs.”
- Kiss Me, Kill Me
- Loser Baby
- The Puddle
EP RELEASE PARTY
11.7.17 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theater
Razor & Tie/Washington Square:
Jay Wilson (212) 598-2289
Erika Clark (212) 598-2211
Claire Reynolds (212) 598-2293