Austin, Texas three-piece LOVE INKS are set to surprise and seduce music fans and critics across the board this Spring, with the release of their debut album along with their highly infectious, dreamy pop gem and debut single 'Blackeye'. In Europe the single will be released on limited edition 7” vinyl on March 28th through Italian record label Hell, Yes! (Dum Dum Girls, Crocodiles, SISU), with the album to follow soon after. Details to be announced soon. The single will be released through City Slang in the US.
Love Inks’ debut was conceived and recorded with strict, direct motives. The sounds captured are simply an electric guitar, a bass guitar, an old drum machine, at special moments a Moog Satellite and, most importantly, the simple yet poignant vocals of Sherry LeBlanc. The combined sound is minimalist dream-pop; imbued with raw emotion, sexuality, and splashes of electronic colour. Focus is placed primarily on the voice, which is direct and honest and real. No frills, tears through extravagant side roads, or indulgent solos necessary.
Sherry is however, a firm believer in positivity. Her lyrics are never abusive or cynical.
“We are a family, and in some ways stronger because we are always supportive. The album reflects a time and place for everyone in the band. A time to pare down to what is necessary, essential. Cut out complexity, and you'll find a deeper layer that is thicker and stronger. Like the human body, you'll eventually end up at a nerve; once it's hit, that's when we know we're there, and that's when we press the record button.”
Self-recorded in their own homes, Austin, Texas, and mixed by a friend; the idea was to get the purest signals from all instruments and feed them through an 8-track reel-to-reel, immediately warming the sounds and weaving it all together. This process was drawn out on a piece of paper in schematics before recording with the concept being: the less digitized, the better. In March of 2010, Love Inks started the process with fifteen or more songs, and by June they were down to a solid ten, of which ‘Blackeye’ is the first to be released.
Love Inks are currently booking UK tour dates for around the album’s release. Be sure to catch this Texan based three-piece at this year’s SXSW (dates TBA).
LOVE INKS "Blackeye" by HellYes