Olin and the Moon
Before listeners even hear the lyrical honesty and heartfelt melodies of this Los Angeles-based band, their unique and ethereal name, Olin and the Moon, draws them in. David LaBrel (not Olin) is the band’s frontman. “I never wanted to name a band after myself,” LaBrel—who looks a bit like Beck and sounds a bit like Tom Petty—told The Daily Beast. “I was checking in a kid at the airport, his name was Olin, and at that point, I was staying up late… working on music, and I just thought, Olin and the Moon.” The band’s sound—which, on most tracks, includes the emotive steel guitar—cries out a melodic alt-country rock vibe, reminiscent of Beck’s 2002 album
and Ryan Adams’ 2005 album
. On Olin and the Moon’s latest self-released album,
songs like “Not in Love,” and “Waking Up” reach into the depths of the soul and tug at listeners’ deepest emotions (whether they want them to or not). “It’s great to know there’s still an audience for what we do. People can actually play instruments and still sell records,” said drummer Marshall Vore. “It sounds cliché, but we just want to play to the extent that we can survive [and] create freely. That’s what we care about.”
Olin and the Moon released their self-produced album,
Footsteps, January 11, 2011.