As we talked to Joel, the flight he was waiting to board was bringing the band to Auckland to shoot the video for latest single ‘My Brother’. Having found their sound, we wondered if this first taste is a good example of what fans can expect when they hear the new album?
“Yeah definitely man, we’ve definitely expanded the sound of the band as well. We’re using strings and a three-piece horn section on one of the songs. Just those different elements that we’re trying to add to the band. Especially on a live thing, we really want to make the show bigger and stronger, we now tour with two backing vocalists as well.”
‘L.A.B IV’ promises to show a lot of new elements, while staying true to the groove and funk that we have become accustomed too. Joel adds “there’s some pretty deep reggae on there as well, which I’m excited about.”
With a summer full of festivals on the way (including our favourite New Years’ haunt Northern Bass), L.A.B have also got their own headlining gigs at New Plymouth’s Bowl of Brooklands and the Outer Fields at Mt Smart Stadium in Tāmaki Makaurau to look forward to in 2021. Joel says “we were lucky to have some of the biggest shows we’ve ever played earlier this year (headlining at Auckland’s Spark Arena and Claudelands Arena in Hamilton) which was a real special thing. This summer we’re going even bigger again and hoping to have 10,000 – 15,000 people there, so it’s going to be epic.”
Most of the forthcoming album is sure to get live airings over summer. But fans will not have to wait that long to get the next L.A.B fix. It is only a few short days until their next single ‘Why Oh Why’ hits the world on December 4. And from the mouth of an excited Joel Shadbolt “it’s a total party banger.” Word.