Dany Laj and the Looks have released their hotly anticipated third full-length album “Ten Easy Pieces” via We Are Busy Bodies Records. Soaked in enough song writing craft and melody to make even Brian Wilson blush, Dany Laj and the Looks have produced a genre straddling album sure to please even the most discerning of music listeners.
As Mike Usinger from Vancouver’s The Georgia Straight newspaper put it, “you’ll hear everything from old-timey country to Cajun-tinted folk to paisley-underground pop.” Produced, recorded and mixed by Laj at Lala Pop Shoppe in Sudbury, Laj’s heartfelt songs seamlessly blend rock, folk and country elements, without straying too far from the power-pop roots that give the melodies a certain joie de vivre.
Sidekicks Dany Laj and Jeanette Dowling are known for their extensive touring schedules and electrifying live shows. Impressively, the band have played over 1000 shows all through North America. “It’s crazy to think of it now but we’ve been all over the place on the continent, I haven’t even been on a plane yet and apparently there’s a whole different world out there,” Laj smirks.
The narrative weaved together by Laj’s powerful, yet unpretentious lyrics tells the tale of the Northern Ontario kid trying to find his way south, ultimately to Montreal, by way of Sudbury, North Bay, Toronto, and everywhere in between. With stories of finding love, cross-country tours, and broken-down vehicles, this album ultimately retains a strong sense of humour and hope, which lies within memorably catchy hooks and intertwining harmonies between Laj and bassist Jeanette Dowling. Dowling and drummer Dusty Campbell as The Looks, Laj’s crack rhythm section, provide a rock-solid foundation and perfect complement to Laj’s quirky pop sensibilities, rendering Dany Laj and the Looks an unstoppable force just waiting to win your heart.