Laveda : “Surprise”

New York duo Ali Genevich and Jake Brooks aka Laveda released one of our favourite albums of 2020 in the shape of their deputy ‘What Happens After’.

They’ll follow up that release with a second album  A Place You Grew Up In which is due for release next year and their latest single “Surprise “ gives a glimpse of what to expect. As ever the band hit the melodic sweet spot mixing shimmering guitars and Genevich’s mellifluous vocals to craft a beautiful layered shoegaze-tinged soundscape.

What hang on a minute  Andy, is it “evocative yet wistful?”  Well, of course, it f**king is, would I feature a song that isn’t?

Jake Brooks goes into the meaning behind the lyrics which he explains are “meant to juxtapose the happy sunshine feeling throughout the song. “Surprise” is about dealing with loneliness and loss in this modern age. The overall sound represents how bright and happy we present ourselves on social media. But in reality, everyone’s depressed and stressed over the rapidly devolving state of society.”

And Ali Genevich adds “Sonically, “Surprise” is the bright song on the new record. Lyrically it embodies a lot of my personal feelings that came after I graduated from college in the same year the pandemic hit. I couldn’t help but feel low for a while, and once I came out of my writer’s block everything I wrote had this big sad mood.”

No UK dates yet but they are already whizzing around America



6 – RICHMOND VA @ The Camel

7 – ASHEVILLE NC @ The Odditorium

8 – GREENVILLE SC @ The Radio Room

9 – NASHVILLE TN @ East Valley Mansion

10 – BATON ROUGE LA @ Chelsea’s Live

11 – NEW ORLEANS LA @ Siberia

13 – HOUSTON TX @ 1810 Ojeman

14 – AUSTIN TX @ Hotel Vegas

15 – EL PASO TX @ Love Buzz

16 – PHOENIX AZ @ Linger Longer Lounge

17 – REDLANDS CA @ The Toyota House 

18 – LOS ANGELES CA @ Permanent Records Roadhouse

19 – SAN FRANCISCO CA @ Neck of the Woods

21 – PORTLAND OR @ Kelly’s Olympian

22 – SEATTLE WA @ Cafe Racer

23 – BOISE ID @ Flipside Fest

24 – SALT LAKE CITY UT @ The DLC at Quarters

25 – DENVER CO @ Lost Lake

26 – LAWRENCE KS @ Replay Lounge

27 – CHICAGO IL @ Sleeping Village

28 – DETROIT MI @ Nice Place 

29 – TORONTO, ON @ Monarch Tavern

30 – ROCHESTER NY @ Bug Jar


1 – TROY NY @ Bacchanalia

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