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Streets of Laredo Kicks Off Summer Tour with Kaiser Chiefs; Comes to NYC, 7/28
It's always hard to put your finger on the exact moment a band began, but it's safe to say that Streets of Laredo probably started in a beach-house on the wild Coromandel coast of New Zealand back in the summer of 2012. A handful of the Gibson family (Dave, Dan & Sarahjane) started throwing some songs at some long-time musical collaborators (including Si Moore), an old-fashioned hoe-down ensued, someone shouted out a band name and it all became a fact before anyone could catch their breath.
Inspired by the evangelical fervor of the 70's folk circuit that spawned modern day re-incarnations like Alex Ebert, Joshua Tilman and Arcade Fire, Streets of Laredo quickly gelled around the idea of a traveling family band playing unruly sing-along tunes with whatever instruments were at hand. Add in a few timely demos and the growing desire to take on a new challenge and before you know it the Streets family played one show in their home town and then packed up their New Zealand lives and transplanted themselves halfway round the world to Brooklyn, NY.
Pretty quickly the four-piece met some remarkable people from Bushwick's vibrant music scene and gathered around them a wider family of players who would eventually form a tight-knit seven-piece band that'd well and truly find their place in the local scene.
The songs and sound of the band's upcoming effort, Lonsdale Line, (their first with Dine Alone Records) has had an instant effect on fans and critics alike, with widely hailed comparisons to Edward Sharpe, Delta Spirit and even 'The Lumineers on Acid' being mentioned. With a combination of studio tracks and more intimately recorded bedroom sessions, listeners can experience two different aspects of the Gibson brothers' recording process in one carefully crafted EP.
Add to that sound a mesmerizing stage show featuring multiple stand-up drummers, horn players, guitars in every corner of the stage, weird home-made instruments and five-part harmonies, and it's easy to see why Streets of Laredo won the AAA category of the world-wide Unsigned Artists competition and were feted as a must-see band at 2013's CMJ Music Marathon in NYC.