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Meet Stuart McLamb: The Brains Behind The Love Language

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The Love Language (Stuart McLamb is on the far right) I Photo:Michael Triplett
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"I was pretty much just writing songs because they had to come out," Stuart McLamb tells me over the phone as he and his band the Love Language desperately try to navigate the back roads of North Carolina somewhere in the vicinity of Raleigh. "A song doesn't really exist until you record it, and I had all of these songs in my head that I had to put out there. Fuck, we've seen that sign before! " A few years ago, Stuart McLamb recorded the Love Language's self titled debut album in his parents' basement. Reeling from a breakup and carrying around a head bursting with songs he sat down, wrote, played, and recorded the entire disk on a $300 recording device. The result was a brilliant body of work with a gritty, lo-fi sound, which has been winning him fans all over the country. He hadn't thought much beyond that until one day Ivan Howard (lead singer for the Rosebuds) gave him a call and asked him to open for them next time they were in town. Panicked, McLamb put together a crew of friends and relations and the Love Language was born.

I caught their first show in LA in April and was blown away. McLamb's early recordings are just the blueprint of what his seven piece band can bring to life. McLamb was kind enough to speak with us about the making of the debut last weekend. Here is some of what was said.

The Love Language - Lalita