Jail Weddings
Jail Weddings Fronted by Gabriel Hart (the explosive frontman and mastermind behind the now defunct LA noir punks The Starvations), Jail Weddings is often described as "Nick Cave fronting The Shangri-Las." The band has carefully crafted these 13 songs over a three year period (since their actual inception in the summer of 2007), to be released this October on the still skidding heels of two sold out singles and last year's critically acclaimed EP, Inconvenient Dreams (White Noise/Tru-Vow).

Sure they may siphon from the 60's pool, but do not confuse Jail Weddings as any kind of mere throwback act. The sphere of influence is vast, from the grandiose Scott Walker-esque soundscape of the album's existential opener "How Am I Alive?" to the E-Street Band gone to Hell epic "I Thought You Were Someone I Knew", to the Sparks meets Meatloaf bombastic melodrama of "What Did You Do With My Gun?", the band proves its sound is unique as it is limitless.

Though vastly theatrical in its scope, Love Is Lawless is sprinkled with moments of quieter reprieve as well, with Hart's folksy "One Of These Days?" where he and his vocal bookends (Katya Hubiak and Jada Wagensomer) simply gather around one single acoustic guitar. "Eavesdroppin' finds Hart and band arranger Brad Caulkins (of LA based band Fool's Gold) drunken busking free-jazz under a brooding vocal, before the impending "Staring At The Stars" suddenly sneaks up from beneath, making the album explode back into high gear till its unnerving, determined conclusion "The Impossible".