Love Inks Summer Tour Dates With Male Bonding

LOVE INKS SUPPORT MALE BONDING THIS SUMMER

UPCOMING TOUR DATES W/ MALE BONDING
SAT 8/27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands
SUN 8/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
MON 8/29 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
WED 8/31- Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
THU 9/1 – Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
FRI 9/2 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
SAT 9/3 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
WED 9/7 – Madison, WI @ University of Wisconsin
THU 9/8 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
FRI 9/9 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
SAT 9/10 – Washington, DC @ Red Palace

‘E.S.P’ Available Now on Amazon and iTunes.

It’s been a very busy year for Austio trio Love Inks, who recently toured the US in support of their debut release “E.S.P.” Receiving major press accolades for their minimal, indie-rock infused sound Love Inks have just completed select tour dates with The Blow. Now, this unstoppable outfit sets forth on another tour with Male Bonding. Don’t miss these guys coming to a city near you!

“At once frisky and worn down, Sherry LeBlanc’s delicate, unadorned moan gives her Austin dream-pop trio a summer mixtape contender.”
SPIN

“If you’re into something chill, classic, and romantic to get you in the mood then check it out. Very melodic and minimalistic with 60?s pop sensibilities. For those fans of Broadcast, The Concretes, and Stereolab.”
BIG STEREO

“Love Inks is like America’s answer to the xx, making minimalist bedroom pop suffused with country yearning and warmth.”
Style.Com

‘Love Inks, fueled by static drum machine and bluesy guitar, are sweet but not saccharine, like dark honey and deep family.’
The Fader Magazine

‘The first single off the dream-pop minimalists’ forthcoming album, E.S.P. is an infectious tune ..[that] immediately adheres to your brain.’
FILTER Magazine

‘in their own way re-cast the visage of earlier eras in a manner that reflects.. forgotten artfulness..’
MAGNET Magazine

‘One of the most infectious pop singles of 2011’
Gorilla Vs. Bear

‘All ten songs use the same pieces but you’ll find plenty of variety, partly due to how LeBlanc’s voice can travel from easygoing, to aloof, cool. “Skeleton Key” shows one side of the band, its heartbeat rhythm pulsing beneath LeBlanc’s untouchable voice.’
Stereogum

‘I had a gigantic infatuation with Kim Deal when I was about 19 years old – yes, she was quite cute at the time, but it was her voice that did it: I can still confidently state that her voice is one of the best if not the best female voice in the indie rock genre. Austin up and comers Love Inks’ vocalist Sherry Leblanc has a tone very reminiscent of Kim, which – of course – got me excited. The only song you can currently hear from this band is a very simple pop gem that seem designed to allow indie pop lovers to fall for Sherry’s voice and melody. Well I think it works.’
The Deli Magazine

‘Austin’s Love Inks sound like the first robin of spring’
My Old Kentucky Blog

‘The Austin trio’s sugary sweet tune — led by frontwoman’s Sherry LeBlanc carefree-but-engrossing vocals — just evokes vivid imagery every time it plays.’
Prefix Magazine

‘They’ve been getting a lot of ink’
Brooklyn Vegan

‘Love Inks employ the Young Marble Giants set-up —rickety drum-machine, brittle guitar, near-funky bass, girl voice way out front— but theirs isn’t cold, post-punk music of industrialized isolation. Instead, the Austin trio’s spartan, skeletal songs have a warm, sentimental, jukebox-slow-dance quality to them. Much of that is due to Sherry LeBlanc’s singing, which manages to be both beautiful and casual as it carries the songs forward.’
Alt Music About.Com

‘Austin’s Love Inks’ upcoming album, E.S.P., is a precise example of harnassing self-recordings with a vision. An old drum machine loops over dream pop electric guitar and bass, all as the lush yet serene voice of Sherry LeBlanc floats through you.’
Radio Free Chicago

Love Inks live show review in Montreal

Love Inks – Show Review: June 1st, 2011, Le Cagibi, Montreal, Quebec

Having traveled all the way to a small, quaint, charmingly cozy show café in Montreal from their hometown of Austin, the Love Inks frontwoman, Sherry LeBlanc deemed this a special show, for their E.S.P. release, after coming straight from her father’s funeral. Dedication or what?

As I sat and waited for the performance, I couldn’t help but notice the character that Le Cagibi showcased which undoubtedly complimented the poised quartet. As the venue started to fill up, fans moved from the back to the front seats. The down-to-earth, LeBlanc, addressed the 20 or so people in the crowd, while sipping on her beer.

What I found most surprising was how indistinguishable their live sound was compared to their album especially for a band just coming out of their van after a long journey. The honeyed vocals from LeBlanc filled the tiny café, their drummer played all but two drums draped in silk cloths, while their composed guitarist, Adam, and bassist, Kevin, stood firmly, tapping their feet, at opposite sides of the stage.

Banging out four tracks, including “Can’t Be Wrong” and “Skeleton Key” before addressing the crowd, “At least I can see all of you tonight!, we couldn’t even see the crowd at our last stop because it was so dark!”

One stand out track was the energy possessed “Blackeye” in which the whole crowd seemed to be singing along. Wrapping up with a cover of David Essex’s “Rock On,” in which their bassist, Kevin, took the spotlight, I noticed their versatile edge and recognized some of their shortcomings – mainly their presence on stage. Perhaps it was the venue that took away from their energy on stage but they made up for it with their undeniably contagious sublime filled tracks.

With a performance consisting of ten songs, the tracks all blended into a peaceful and bliss morning feel. Abruptly from the back of the crowd came an avid fan’s cry for one more song. Leaving their fans in awe they added “More songs to come! We’ve been working on some in the van.” Overall, a truly inspiring experience for the fans and definitely for Love Inks. In admiration, I left the venue thinking about the adventure this young band is about to embark on and their carefree attitude about the journey ahead of them. If you can produce immaculate music and enjoy the ride without regrets or disappointments, my hat is off to you!

Love Inks – ESP album review

A simple guitar, a bass and an old drum-kit lend a hand to Sherry Leblanc’s devastatingly pretty melodies on ESP, Love Inks’ first full-length release. The result? A shining collection of minimalist dream-pop numbers, recalling the sounds of Fleetwood Mac, Beach House and the XX all at once.

Lending credence to the notion that ”less is more”, ESP (emotional simple pop) was recorded onto an eight-track reel-to-reel at front-woman Leblanc’s home, using the most rudimentary of set-ups. Granted, one listen makes clear that ESP is a delicate, carefully produced work.

Love Inks compartmentalizes and balances sonic elements with purity in mind, and the fat-trimming exercise pays off; this record is tastefully lean – it runs just under 30 minutes in length – and beautifully honest.

LeBlanc’s dripping-with-reverb vocals are the perfect compliment to Love Inks’ musical landscape, never more so than on heart-tingling standouts ‘Too Wild’ and ‘Down And Out’. Though ESP is by no means perfect – the David Essex cover ”Rock On’ was a little much – it aptly demonstrates how taking a simple approach and sticking to it can yield solid results.

After hearing the single ‘Blackeye’ a few months ago, I had high hopes for Love Inks. It’s delightful to hear a collection of music that lives up to those expectations.

Love Inks Announce North America Tour Dates

LOVE INKS
ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICA TOUR DATES
DEBUT LP ‘E.S.P.’ OUT MAY 10 (HELL, YES / CITY SLANG)

LOVE INKS NORTH AMERICA TOUR DATES
WED 5/18 – Tempe, AZ @ Saill In
THU 5/19 – San Diego, CA @ Tin Can Alehouse
FRI 5/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echo
SAT 5/21 – San Francisco, CA @ Hemlcok
WED 5/25 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
THU 5/26 – Santa Fe / Albuquerque, NM @ TBD
FRI 5/27 – Denver, CO @ TBD
SAT 5/28 – Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
MON 5/30 – Chicago, IL @ Beauty Bar
TUE 5/31 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
WED 6/1 – Montreal, QC – Cagibi
THU 6/2 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands
FRI 6/3 – New York, NY @ Cake Shop
MON 6/6 – Boston, MA @ O’Briens
WED 6/8 – Washington, DC @ Red Palace

Be sure to catch Austin trio Love Inks on their North America tour this Spring in support of their upcoming debut, ‘E.S.P.’ out May 10, 2011 through Hell, Yes / City Slang Records.

Tipped as “Ones To Watch” by Rough Trade Records and triumphing the ‘Favorite Track’ title on BBC Radio personality Steve Lamacq’s 6 Music Playlist for their premiere single ‘Blackeye,’ Love Inks are set to sweep the sonic nation as one of this Summer’s top breaking bands.

Giving nods to lo-fi indie-rock outfits like The Blow and Best Coast, the record was conceived and recorded with strict, direct motives. The sounds captured within the album’s 10 tracks 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.

Love Inks Interview – A Little Time With Sherry LaBlanc

An interview with Love Inks’ Sherry LaBlanc

Love Inks have been making waves over the past few weeks with their fresh, infectious pop-rock sound. I recently had the pleasure of  chatting with vocalist Sherry LaBlanc – who was extremely pleasant and noticeably excited about their upcoming debut full-length – about the band’s formation, their newly-released single “Blackeye”, and their plans for the future.

MVRemix: To start, how about you give us a little introduction to who you are?

Sherry LaBlanc: Sure!  I’m Sherry and I’m part of a band called Love Inks.  We’re a three-piece minimalist pop band from Austin, Texas.  The three of us are best friends; we started playing music together about a year and a half ago, but we’ve all known each other since we were teenagers or early college and have played music in different bands together in that time.

MVRemix: So you’ve been in other bands with them before?

Sherry LaBlanc: Yeah!  Adam and Kevin are the other two guys in the band.  Kevin is the primary songwriter and bassist, and Adam is the guitarist.  The two of them have never played in a band without the other one.  They’ve been in a bunch of bands and I’ve been in and out of a few bands with them before.

MVRemix: Do you just sing in the band or do you play an instrument too?

Sherry LaBlanc: I play a little bit of synthesizer with the band, but I’m CAPABLE of playing guitar, bass, synth….Anything!  But for some reason I’m just dabbling a bit on the synthesizer.

MVRemix: You guys don’t have an album out yet right?

Sherry LaBlanc: Right, it comes out on May 10th!

MVRemix: I’m a little bit curious actually, because you guys have seen some pretty decent fame over the past little bit!  You’ve released two singles now, “Blackeye” and “Skeleton Key”.

Sherry LaBlanc: Yeah, “Skeleton Key”, oddly enough, was only posted on Stereogum.  We just put that one right up on Stereogum, they offered it as a download.  “Blackeye” is our official single.  That was just released on Monday on 7”.  It’s this really beautiful, white vinyl, 7” single.

MVRemix: Is there any new material on that?  A b-side or anything?

Sherry LaBlanc: Yeah, the B-side is a song called…I think it’s “Don’t Go” [laughs].  I actually have to grab the 7” to see which one we put on, I’m gonna go look at it [laughs].  But yeah, the 7” is so freaking gorgeous!  It was put out by a label called Hell Yes! who are in Venice, and they just do the most beautiful work.  They hand screen-print all their covers and it’s always on coloured vinyl…just really good stuff.

MVRemix: That’s awesome!  Coloured vinyl is amazing.

Sherry LaBlanc: Our actual album is going to be on hot pink vinyl!  I’m really stoked about that.  I can’t find my 7”!  But I think the B-side is “Don’t Go”.  That makes me sound like such a flake [laughs].

MVRemix: So clearly, you’ve got a bunch of songs in the bank, right?

Sherry LaBlanc: Yeah!  Our album is gonna have 10 songs on it, but we already have a library of music we’ve been working on.  That’s what we do every day: write music and try to filter it down to the best songs.  We have a ton of stuff and we’re really excited to get these 10 songs out.

MVRemix: You guys just got back from South by Southwest right?

Sherry LaBlanc: We got to play three shows at SXSW, and we got to into the actual festival.  It was funny because the festival shows are usually the least-attended ones, so we had two non-festival shows that were really well attended and really fun.  But it was cool to be in the festival either way!

MVRemix: You’ve been getting a bit of steam, fame-wise; you’ve been making the rounds on blogs over the past few months, playing this big festival, and such.  How have you guys had so much fame before you even put an album out?

Sherry LaBlanc: [laughs]  I think (not to sound too much like a snob) that the album’s just really good!  It’s a really good record!  I hope that’s why at least.

MVRemix: Oh, so the record’s done already?

Sherry LaBlanc: Yeah, the record’s done.  Here’s how everything sort of fell together: it was about a year ago that we finished recording the album, and we started sending a few songs out to a few labels that we really loved.  Hell Yes! got back to us right away and said they’d like to put out a 7” for us, which is really all we were looking for.  But they’re just really incredible people.  Marco Rapisarda, who owns the label, decided he wanted to put out a full-length and…that’s it [laughs]!  We’ve been sending our stuff out to blogs and from there other blogs have picked it up.  I’m not really sure how it all happened, but it’s really exciting!  I think it all started with getting Hell Yes! interested in us though.

MVRemix: Did you record the album yourselves?  Did you have a producer or was it just you three?

Sherry LaBlanc: It was just us three.  I guess if anything, Kevin was the “producer” on the album.  We live in this really old house that was built in 1917 and it has great acoustics.  We have an old analog reel-to-reel tape machine and we just recorded it ourselves!  It was mixed my Marco in Italy.  We had done the mix ourselves, but once he picked us up he wanted to remix the album.

MVRemix: You said you get together to write music every day; so is the band a full-time thing now or are you still slaving away with day jobs?

Sherry LaBlanc: We have day jobs.  Adam works at a local grocery store called Fresh Plus, he’s a cashier there, and both Kevin and I work for Kevin’s family.  Before working for them I was the director of a non-profit organization here in town called the Capital Area Food Bank, and I did that for years and years.  Then his family said that I could go work for them to give us more freedom to focus on the band.

MVRemix: Obviously you guys are really tight with each other.

Yeah, definitely.  We’re a trio of best friends, which is really cool!  It’s the best way to be in a band.

MVRemix: Have you been touring heavily these days?

Sherry LaBlanc: No, but we’re leaving for tour on May 17th, and that’s when it all really starts.  We’re doing a big West Coast Tour that’ll last for about three weeks, and then we’re heading over to New York and playing a bunch of shows there.  Then from there we’re heading over to Europe.

MVRemix: Have you all been to Europe before or is it your first time?

Sherry LaBlanc: We all went as teenagers, but this will be our first time as adults.  We’re really excited.  And it seems like there’s more interest over there, especially in France and the UK, than there currently is in the US.  Hopefully we’ll generate some interest with the tour.

MVRemix: Considering you seem to do everything yourselves, is there ever any desire for an outside opinion or influence?

Sherry LaBlanc: We never thought about going to an outside person, but I think the three of us are open to anything.  Generally we like to do everything with our friends; all of our album art was shot by friends.  So if we had a friend who was like “man, I really want to record you”, I could see us going there, but otherwise, we have the equipment at home and we can just be chill and record on our own time.  We haven’t thought about it, but I think we’d be open to anything.

MVRemix: So the album’s going to be 10 tracks; do you have a lot of other material written besides those tracks?

Sherry LaBlanc: Yeah, we have a lot of material backed up.  It’s usually Kevin who writes every day; he stays up until the wee hours of the morning geeking out on his synthesizer.  Then he’ll bring the stuff to Adam and I and we’ll pare it down from there.  Adam’s writes a lot on his own as well, but Kevin’s got a huge back catalogue of songs for us to work on and hopefully start forming the next album.  It was such a long process from recording this album to getting it out; I never would have imagined! We want to get started on the next one as soon as possible.

MVRemix: Yeah, you said you recorded the album last year, so it’s been, what, longer than a year since you’ve had it done?

We started recording it last March during SXSW, so yeah, it’ll be over a year by the time it’s released.

MVRemix: That must make you pretty anxious!

Sherry LaBlanc: Yeah!  I just want to people to hear these songs so bad!  It’s worth the wait though; I just heard the full album, finished, mastered, and on vinyl last week.  Hell Yes! came in from Italy and brought us sneak preview copies and it sounds so good!  I’m so proud of it.  Definitely worth the wait.

MVRemix: With Kevin writing most of the songs, is there ever any hesitation when you add your parts to them?   What’s the writing dynamic like?

Sherry LaBlanc: Usually, either Kevin or Adam will bring in a guitar or synth part, and sometimes Kevin comes in with a melody already put to it; sometimes a melody and lyrics.  But I’d say about 50 percent of the time I put the melody and lyrics to the songs.  We all hammer it out together; it’s a really collaborative process.  It’s up to one of us to come up with the basic structure of the song, but from there it’s kind of a democracy of how the song plays out.  And Adam’s the drum machine master; he’s a badass on the drum machine!  So even if Kevin is writing the song, the beats have a lot of influence on how the song turns out.

MVRemix: What band have you had the most fun playing with over the past little bit?

Sherry LaBlanc: I don’t know who’ll know these people, but everyone should know them because they tour a lot and they’re really great.  The best show we’ve had so far is with Soft Healer; they’re another Austin band and they’re some of our best friends.  Like I said, it’s just always more fun when you do things with your friends!  We played a weekend show in town with them, a band called Silent Diane, and another band called Black Gum.  Us and those three other bands are really good friends, and we sold out the venue, which doesn’t happen a lot in Austin with local bands.  It was just really fun and it had a big family atmosphere.  In second place to Soft Healer, we just played with the Dum Dum Girls at SXSW; one of them is also a really close friend of mine, she was a bridesmaid at my wedding.  So finally getting to play with her was really fun too.  Also, they’re super-tight and professional; it was weird to see a band that had a sound guy go up and check everything, and do everything beforehand. He jumped in and helped us when we started playing, which was cool too.

MVRemix: Before we wrap this up, is there anything you want to get out there?

Sherry LaBlanc: I think I already got it out, but we’re going to be on tour starting in late May, and I hope people come see our shows!  The album’s going to come out and then we’re gonna hit the ground running, so it would be good to have people come out to our shows and see us.  We’re really stoked to travel around the US and meet people who dig our music!

MVRemix: Good luck with everything!  Come to Canada sometime!

Sherry LaBlanc: We will!  We’re going as far north as Portland, which isn’t anywhere close, but hopefully we’ll be in Canada soon!

Upcoming Tour Dates:

April 8, 2011: Dallas, Texas at Club Da Da with Real Estate
April 10, 2011: Austin, Texas at the Parish with Real Estate and Pure X
May 13, 2011: Austin, Texas – Record Release Party with Boyfriend (venue TBA)
April 15, 2011: Austin, Texas at Beerland with Soft Healer
May 19, 2011: San Diego, California at Tin Can Alehouse with Ale Mania
June 2, 2011: Brooklyn, New York at Glasslands Gallery