[Album Review] Lab Coast- Walking on Ayr
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by Tiana Feng


Release Date: February 18th, 2014
Label: Mammoth Cave Recordings

Lab Coast revolves around the talents of David Laing and Chris Dadge, who together put out guitar-based pop rock music with some nice hooks. With 16 songs, their latest album ‘Walking on Ayr’ is chock full of it, but you should keep in mind that the tracks average about 2 minutes in length and some of them are a lot shorter than that.

LC don’t venture too far afield stylistically, but there is no lacking for variety. The album incorporates shoegaze (“Don’t Wanna See You”), dream pop (“For Now”), ’90’s alt pop (“Astronaut”), ’80’s pop rock (“Walking on Ayr”) and indie folk (“Dislocated”). Just to keep things interesting they throw in some experimental noise (“Lean on Me”) and a live snippet of a guitar solo (“Walken on Hairs”).

The album is a DIY effort, which can be endearing on such tracks as “Sister (Older)”, but it also ensures that they won’t be hitting it big any time soon. I get the sense that this doesn’t bother them in the least – I don’t think they’d know what to do with fame and fortune if it ever did come their way.