LOVEHAMMERS triumphant new disc, HEAVY CROWN, restores faith that heartfelt rock and roll can still thrive. With an inimitable and unpretentious sound, Chicagos homegrown heroes punch out an album of thought-provoking, hook-injected airwave contenders that are long on hooks and incendiary riffs.
Heavy Crown is Lovehammers firing on all cylinders, says bassist Dino Kourelis. From the explosive opening salvo Guns to the soaring Honest Ill Wait, Lovehammers nail a variety of approaches with expert finesse. With sonic jewels like Your Time, My Time and the infectious Oh My Baby forging a direct line to the any self-respecting rock music fan, Heavy Crown offers a refreshing respite from todays over-compartmentalized musical climate,
That allegiance ultimately persevered and Lovehammers hatched a plan to remix and re-release some of its signature songs on its own terms. But before too long, Heavy Crown turned into the bands first new studio disc in three years. I didnt want this record to sound like anything we have done previously, Marty explains. Personally I wanted to challenge myself in the writing process. I wanted it to be a combination of light and dark. I wanted to break free of every song being about personal life stories. The writing of the song Thats Life was a direct attempt at focusing the lyrics on the lives of other people and trying to make a point. Of course, in the end most of the material is a storyline of my life and I tried my best to make it as honest as possible and tell stories to get some things off my chest.
The exceptionally memorable Find Your Way was an opportunity for the bands drummer to do the same. Says Casey, I have no idea if its true or not but I always thought that Bobby wrote that song about me. He was upset with me for quite some time about some decisions I had made. It felt like he was making a statement to me like, Open your eyes and figure out where you are. It might not be true but I like to think so as I often enjoy living in my imagination.
That healthy exchange of ideas has been an integral part of Lovehammers song quality control during its dozen years as a recording unit. With a back catalog of four albums and three EPs (see discography below) and friendships that date back to their Hickory Hills Little League days, the bands chemistry cant help but be special. This band is extraordinary, says Dino, in that we have known each other since we were 8, so we arent afraid to speak our minds to each other in fears of hurting feelings. In most cases, the person that has an idea for a song knows it needs work and asks the band to help develop it or make it better. In general, we just try to have fun and enjoy ourselves.
Taking song ideas, tearing them apart and reassembling them to get the most out of each track, the groups self professed Lovehammers manipulation machine can take a bare bones song and morph it from an acoustic jam to a full-on orchestration. From there its on to tracking which the band did in Chicago and California with the help of producer Marti Frederickson (Buckcherry, Pink, Faith Hill, Papa Roach). From there, Anthony Focx was brought in to mix the record. Anthony had just finished working on mixing Aerosmith, Metallica, and Buckcherry all bands that are definitely rock with big pop sensibilities. I thought he would be perfect for us, Dino says. His passion, dedication and love for this record is something I havent seen before from someone that was not in our band. Or as Bobby says succinctly, Hes a rock guy that gets what we are trying to sound like, and knows what we should sound like.
By: Cara Carriveau