Russ Lawton, Scott Metzger & Ray Paczkowski Share Self-Titled, Debut LaMP Album

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Out today is the self-titled, debut album from LaMP — the new project featuring Trey Anastasio Band/Soule Monde band mates, keyboardist Ray Paczkowski and drummer Russ Lawton, and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead guitarist Scott Metzger. In case it’s not obvious, the band takes its name from the first letters of each members’ surname.

The trio debuted at a show in December 2018 at Nectar’s in Burlington, Vermont. They then reconvened last summer and held recording sessions with Roger Stauss at Sugarhouse Soundworks in Burlington.

Metzger spoke with JamBase about making the album, stating:

With Russ and Ray being so much of a team as they are they’ve done who knows how many gigs together? It’s been a good challenge to join them to try and add something to their Vulcan mind-meld level of music-making while adding something to the foundation they’ve built.

I’m in Brooklyn, and Russ and Ray are up in Vermont. We wrote everything via the internet. We figured out telecommuting and working from home before it was fashionable [laughs]. We’d usually start with Russ sending around a drumbeat he was working on, then Ray and I would put down ideas and we’d send them back and forth, editing everything as we went along. When we finally found some time to record, I drove up to Vermont, we took a day to flush everything out and rehearse, then spent two days recording.

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Lawton, Metzger and Paczkowski previewed the record with the singles, “Some Days” and “Clipse Dog.” The album’s artwork was done by Metzger’s fiancé, violinist Katie Jacoby.

Stream LaMP below:

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