Laurel Canyon releases debut single ‘Two Times Emptiness’
Laurel Canyon – “ Twice the Void ”
New Pennsylvania-based rock duo Laurel Canyon, consisting of vocalists / guitarists Nicholas Gillespie and Serg Cereja, have released their debut single, “Two Times Emptiness.”
The Lo-fi distortion on their acoustic guitars and an exuberant drive to a backbeat provide a pretty straightforward basis for a rock song, and there’s not much here to help the band transcend themselves. The lyrics, a little disappointing, are a dozen observations of crazy girls. Taking the form of a conversation, the group brazenly intercepts spoken words to keep the story going. Those occasional elements and the “tell me more” backing vocals taken straight from the Grease soundtrack are excellent and make this band seem like a good sense of humor, but the mundane stuff of the instrumental backing track doesn’t. never gives them the proper setting to explore this awkwardness. I want to know more about this light pleasure, but the band insist on going back to the clichés one can hear of any cafe duo working all over the world.
Guess I shouldn’t be too hard on Laurel Canyon. They obviously have an appreciation for earworms and a listening ear for pop melodies, but “Two Times Emptiness” just doesn’t connect as a first single. Your first impression should be something unique and aggressively eye-catching. It’s actually better to have something goofy and garish, because at least you got fat and you messed up. You better be horribly misdirected than get stuck in the middle of the road. There’s nothing worse than starting with a huge shrug, and unfortunately that’s what you get on “Two Times Emptiness”.
But don’t take my word for it, check out “Two Times Emptiness” below and form your own opinion. I’ll be listening to the band’s second single, if only to see if they had better stand out literally from any other indie rock band.