Saturday, 12 October 2013

Single Review - The LaFontaines - All She Knows

The LaFontaines single All She Knows is their first official release, having just signed with LAB Records, and it has lived up to the massive hype around this ever improving band. 

The single is one of The LaFontaines slower, more-ballad like tracks, and it gives them a chance to show off the wealth of talent they have at their disposal.  Bassist John Gerard has a voice that could carry the band on its own; his sweet, soulful voice almost makes you wish the song were devoid of any rap.  That is until Kerr Okan comes in, the man who somehow managed to turn Scottish rap from laughable to credible.  Okan’s flow is remarkable, however it’s his lyrics that stand out once again.

“Let me put it down here for the last time/Cause I don’t even want you as a past time.”  It's a line that really hammers home the message of the song, delivered in that angry Scottish tongue that makes him so identifiable.

The LaFontaines, without doubt, have established themselves as one of, if not THE, best live bands in Scotland.  With this release, they are proving to fans and critics alike that they are also able to hold their own in a recorded format.

When Okan states, "we might have started off locally, but I plan to depict this globally", its hard to tell if he is referring to the girl in the song, or the band themselves.  The band have built their way up from pubs in their hometown to support slots at the Barrowlands, and this single could be their best chance to let the world know about The LaFontaines.

- Stuart Thompson

The LaFontaines - All She Knows is out on LAB Records on 27th October.  You can pre-order the single here.

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