Blues and Lasers

Blues and Lasers

Blues and Lasers
Blues and Lasers is a band formed in late 2007 from Burlington, VT. Their sound focuses on the tradition and roots of Delta blues and rock & roll music contrasted with an experimental edge (i.e. the lasers). Blues and Lasers is comprised of Scott Tournet (vocals, lead guitar, harmonica) Matt Burr (drums), and Bryan Dondero (bass, Moog, Theramin) of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Benny Yurco (vocals, lead guitar) of the Turkey Bouillon Mafia, and local Burlington drummer Steve Sharon. While drawing obvious comparisons to the Allman Brothers for their use of two drummers and dueling lead guitars, B & L have forged a sound all their own that is both recognizable and new. "We wanted something heavier, bluesier, and riskier," states Tournet. "The force of Led Zeppelin, the swampy groove of the Delta blues, the guitars of the late '60's and '70's, juxtaposed with the sounds of our generation... like blips and bleeps and weird noises and feedback swirling around."

While much of 2008 was spent dedicated to Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, B & L still found the time to put out their self-titled debut Blues & Lasers in late August. The album was recorded live in a vacant club in downtown Burlington in two days. They decided to test their philosophy of old vs. new as they recorded to a 2 track tape machine with room mics, while simultaneously multi-tracking all the instruments to Pro-Tools. After the two day session they spent a couple weeks in the studio and went a little OK Computer on what they had previously recorded during the two day session. It turned into a 5 song, 40 minute monster complete with inspired improvisation, arranged sections, and sheets of sound.

Blues and Lasers perform Saturday night (1/17) at Sullivan Hall in New York City.

You can purchase the album for download at http://www.bluesandlasers.com/tunes.cfm.

http://www.myspace.com/bluesandlasers

[Published on: 1/16/09]

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Comments

jambeatnik Fri 1/16/2009 11:27AM
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jambeatnik

I have this album already... and it is fucking dope! Honestly, I love the nocturnals but I really think B&L is better. I wish they would dedicate all their energy to this. I highly suggest this album and band to all and look very much forward to hearing new shit and seeing them live... KEEP PLAYING

Badgerboy Fri 1/16/2009 11:51AM
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tourfan starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/16/2009 12:08PM
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See, I go back SO FAR with GP&TN that I can say I remember when GP&TN were much more blues oriented than the rock sound they have today. Dig out some early live shows from GP&TN on Archive and/or listen to her first and second CD. How about Grace Potter and Blues and Lasers? Grace is one of the most sensual, soulful, and amazing singers out there. Don't get me wrong - I do like GP&TN major label CD, but it lacks the soul of the of the bands' early records. Just My Own ...

wagsinnorthernva starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/16/2009 12:15PM
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wagsinnorthernva

B&L is a whole different animal the GP&N. I'm so excited that there getting the reaction they have earned by there playing. This bad is as raw as it comes, and its so good. I like that Scott and Bryan and Matt have another venue to let out there dirty sides. And if you haven't heard Steve Sharon well you all are in for a real treat. This band cooks hopefully, they continue to bring it on.

Flat5 starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/16/2009 01:26PM
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Flat5

"Their sound focuses on the tradition and roots of delta blues and rock & roll music contrasted with an experimental edge (i.e. the lasers)." I dont know if this was supposed to be funny, but it is, hands down the funniest thing I have ever read on this site! i.e. the lasers! hahahaha

whodoyoudo Fri 1/16/2009 01:47PM
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whodoyoudo

sounds good

they should hit some festis..

Leistr starstarstarstar Fri 1/16/2009 02:38PM
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they sound a little green but i bet after some extensive touring they'll meld together a little more and sound pretty damn good

Chaloupka starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/16/2009 04:14PM
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Chaloupka

I'll check it out!

redwhiteandgreen starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/16/2009 04:51PM
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redwhiteandgreen

I hear ya about them sounding a little "green" Leistr. The reason of that probably is because this youtube is from their first or second show ever. there's a bunch of more recent videos up on their website and on youtube.

redwhiteandgreen Fri 1/16/2009 04:55PM
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redwhiteandgreen

www.bluesandlasers.com has more vids than their myspace page.

matthiasf starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/17/2009 02:44PM
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I manage an up and coming band, so I'm always second guessing our YouTube videos to gage what kind of first impression they make. So before I clicked play above I was saying to myself, "okay let's see what kind of first impression a proper video gives".....needless to say I was very disappointed. Great article though!

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/17/2009 06:45PM
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pornofunk

never heard of these guys, they soudn ok from what i heard, too bad like most youtube video's the audio fuckin sucks, ill have to check em out live i guess

HoodooVoodoo starstarstarstarstar Sun 1/18/2009 08:49PM
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HoodooVoodoo

I wonder which one of these guys is tapping Grace Potter's honey drip?

wagsinnorthernva starstarstarstar Mon 1/19/2009 10:54AM
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wagsinnorthernva

What a dumb statement hoodoo.

Time to grow up.

broskiman starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/20/2009 01:24PM
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broskiman

Just checked out the Lasers down in New York. Believe me when I say they're a potent jam!! Just read this review which I think captures the band and their sound pretty well:

http://decentcommunity.org/2009/01/06/blues-and-lasers-is-our-decent-jam-of-the-week/

PrinceofDANKNESS Wed 1/21/2009 12:20AM
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Fuck that HOOOODOOOO that was a great fucking comment and if none of those cock tasters are I'll take the job....where do I sign up

wagsinnorthernva Wed 1/21/2009 08:44AM
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wagsinnorthernva

God I'm so sick of the dumbness related to Grace Potter, Yes she is very good looking but for christ sake music is so much more important. This article is about Blues and Lasers and how great they are as a band, not stupid reflections on Grace's Sex life. Get over it boys, she would just punch you in the face, cause you don't get what's really important.

redwhiteandgreen starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/21/2009 11:35AM
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redwhiteandgreen

wow...the bar has officially been lowered by hoodoo and princeofdankness...do u guys have ANY idea HOW disrespectful you're being??? The musicians in this band have been working SOOOO hard for some respect and recognition (Do you have ANY idea how hard the music biz is?) and you come along and shit all over them by dismissing their music and talking about sleeping with Grace Potter. Soooooo mean-spirited and unfortunate. Please leave jambase and go somewhere else. You're not adding ANYTHING positive and are ruining it for the rest of us. Oh...and PrinceofDankness....do you have ANY idea how lame your name is? trust me...it's lame.

HoodooVoodoo starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/21/2009 12:20PM
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HoodooVoodoo

Wow...that red white and green guy has some anger management issues. I meant that comment as a compliment. Grace is hot.

PrinceofDANKNESS Thu 1/22/2009 06:15PM
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REDWHITEANDGREEN - I don't really care if you know these guys personally or not - my comment wasn't attacking them or their music - matter of fact I've never heard these guys - I know our new president will set this country up to be the next new mother russia but while I still have our best freedom, freedom of speech, I'm gonna use it. And don't ever send me an email again....I guess I was wrong, you must be the cocktaster!

redwhiteandgreen Thu 1/22/2009 07:22PM
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redwhiteandgreen

wow...this is degenerating quickly...I'm done after this post...perhaps I get too passionate about things, but I stand by my comments...hoodoo's quote..."I wonder which one of these guys is tapping that honey drip" (referring to Grace)...I'm sorry, but that is NOT a compliment...IT'S BLATANTLY RUDE!!!...Princeof Dankness...calling the band "cocktasters"? seriously? Do I really have to explain how offensive and rude you're being...? Would you call a musician you just met that? They'd punch you in the face and you'd deserve it...I'm done communicating with you two...GROW UP.

PrinceofDANKNESS Fri 1/23/2009 02:56AM
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Oh no HOODOOO dad(REDWHITEANDGREEN) has grounded us until we grow up...oooh no more tv after 9pm.......REDWHITEANDGREEN you are the cocktaster, and if I ever meet you I'll punch you you sonofabitch!!!!

seriously dude take it easy...it's nothing you've never said or joked about. just maybe not about people you don't know....faggot!