It is almost a decade ago since Lab Partners was formed in Ohio but 2007 is shaping up to be a vintage year for them. As well as supporting Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and releasing the ‘Keep Quiet’ EP they can now celebrate the fact that this track ‘Love Don’t Care’ (from their 3rd album ‘Wicked Branches’) is being used in a new movie called ‘The Speed of Life’. No doubt there’ll be a knock on effect for the band and with the current swing back towards shoegaze they would seem to be decked out appropriately (Spiritualized are a underlying influence). ‘Love Don’t Care’ is languid and slow moving but bears deep veins pumped full of melody. The soft spots generally appear from Mike Smith’s vocal chords, which appropriate a young Mark Gardener (they have a track called ‘Ride’!). The music is equally powerful veering majestically from soft jangle to bluster and mayhem with consummate ease. KD
Lab Partners – Love Don’t Care
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