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The Love Language Bring Catchy New Tunes to Mercury Lounge

July 30th, 2013

Following the dissolution of his previous band, a breakup with his girlfriend and too much time trying to drink through his troubles, singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Stuart McLamb headed to his parents’ basement and did what he does best: write songs. But those songs in his heart became something more than cathartic—they became the basis for the Love Language (above, performing “Manteo” and “Lalita”). Realizing he needed a bigger sound for recording and touring, McLamb has recruited a changing group of musicians over the years, and his Raleigh, N.C., lo-fi pop band has put out three LPs: an eponymous album in 2009, Libraries a year later and the recently released Ruby Red (stream it below), about which Mother Jones says, “These ecstatic tunes could have been plucked from the score of an old-fashioned romantic movie.” And you’re sure to hear plenty of those tunes tomorrow night at Mercury Lounge.