Keys And Chords
Lasers Lasers Birmingham is the brainchild of indie band, Vanish Valley keyboardist, Alex Owen. Royal Blue is LLB’s 2nd EP and it walks the line between classic country and contemporary wry wit
Take the laid back, disaffected, self-referential ennui that hangs thick in the smog of Los Angeles and combine it with the classic swoon of pedal-steel straight from the heart of The Ozarks and you’ll start to approach the foundations of Lasers Lasers Birmingham, the new project from former Vanish Valley multi-instrumentalist Alex Owen.
Imagine a classic sawdust honky tonk populated with cowboy boot clad, line dancing locals tipping their hats to check their latest Snapchat messages. This is the intersection of cultures at which Owen’s new Royal Blue EP begins, but make no mistake; this is plain speaking country music. Having toured the west coast, and headlined such coveted LA venues as The Troubadour, The Echo, and The Satellite, Alex Owen is a seasoned Americana storyteller with a gilded voice. Honing his skills in past projects like Vanish Valley and We Fear The Bees, Owen has taken center stage, evoking contemporary Los Angeles life through the lense of his Springfield, Missouri upbringing. With Hammond organ, steel guitar, and barn-burning swagger, Lasers Lasers Birmingham brings to mind Waylon Jennings and Sturgill Simpson, with the smooth influence of Neil Young and the modern wit of Father John Misty.
“LLB just released a four-track EP titled, Royal Blue, which makes me think they will be the next band to watch. Smooth, beautiful harmonies meet country roots, if you will. Don’t miss it. It is smo-o-oth.”—Bob Segarini music blog
“His new EP, Royal Blue, the follow-up to the 2014 self-titled EP, features some very cool country and folk music with something of a 1970s country rock vibe at times….These tracks are all original tunes, written by Alex Owen. And all four are really strong.”—Michael’s Music Log
"Thoughtful lyrics and a stellar blend of classic influences and modern edginess will make you hunger for far more than the wonderful four tracks here."--Music Morsels
“…if you have half an interest in roots music or Americana, it’s almost impossible to not find something to like. ‘Royal Blue’ is on of 2016’s most welcome surprises.”—Real Gone Rocks
“This is one great EP folks and you should do yourselves a favour and purchase it come July 22…”—The Dog’s Space
"Ozark native Alex Owen brings to life a short collection of songs that captures present day themes coupled with a 70’s country, laid back California vibe... Royal Blue is awash in modern day storytelling that retains true, traditional country sensibilities. Give it a listen."--Daily Country
“With a gently, easygoing, loping vibe running through it, this EP displays a modern Americana sensibility that you aren’t really sure where it lands but it’s somewhere between the classic college coffeehouse and the one of today. This is how Firefall and Dan Fogelberg would probably sound today, with a soupcon of Michael Murphey thrown in.”—Midwest Record
“Lasers Lasers Birmingham is the musical moniker of a country psych artist from Los Angeles, Alex Owen. “Warning” is a catchy, well-put together song that reminds me of a cross between the spacey canyon jams of Beachwood Sparks and the bouncy pop of, say, Bishop Allen. Lasers Lasers Birmingham are a welcome new addition to the Ball of Wax consortium, I’ll be on the lookout for more of their work.”—Ball of Wax