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LAist Interview: Greg Laswell

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As of late, Greg Laswell and his music have been everywhere—such as a recent stint across the United States and Europe during the Hotel Cafe Tour, a GarageBand feature on the Apple website, and his music being played on shows such as Grey's Anatomy, Smallville, One Tree Hill and Cold Case.

This year has already seen the release of one Laswell EP, How the Day Sounds, and his new full-length record, Three Flights from Alto Nido, will arrive on July 8. Those wanting to hear a preview of the new music can catch him (along with Ingrid Michaelson) tonight at the El Rey Theatre. LAist recently sat down with Laswell to learn about the new album, his great Cyndi Lauper cover song and LA restaurants.

LAist: You've said before that your 2006 record, Through Toledo, is about the loss of love. What's the theme of your EP, How the Day Sounds?

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Greg Laswell: It's about that first moment—after having gone through pain for a little while—when you get better. Sometimes you don't even realize it when you're in the moment. I liken it to the fact that, when you're sick, all you think about is getting better. It consumes everything you think about. Then when you're well, you don't really think about being sick. So I kind of wanted to capture that moment and make it a little bit longer than it actually is in real life. The title of the EP, How the Day Sounds. and the song itself are about getting to that point when you realize, "Oh, I'm OK."

Will your new album, Three Flights from Alto Nido, continue with that theme?

Somewhat. It's probably a marriage between the two.