Love Is Lawless takes the pleading, wide-eyed romance of 60’s pop-vocal idealist tantrums to subterranean levels never previously seen from this genre. A shadow has been cast over the fleeting Utopia of modern love, where we still wear such out of date traditions as marriage and monogamy like shackles on a chain gang. Who better to have cast this shadow then Jail Weddings – a soul-stricken modern day “Wall Of Sound” rock and roll behemoth, comprised of ten (yes, 10) grown men and women who at least have the guts to admit they have still have the emotional stability of an eternally wounded teenager?!?!
Sure the 60’s pool they may siphon from, 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.
Even somewhat 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 it’s unnerving, determined conclusion “The Impossible”.
released October 26, 2010
Jail Weddings is:
Gabriel Hart - vocals/guitar
Jada Wagensomer - vocals
Katya Nadia Hubiak - vocals
Brad Caulkins – sax/glockenspiel
Hannah Blumenfeld - violin
Brian Waters - guitar
Eric Fisher - guitar
Matthew Eagleson - keyboards
Josh Puklavetz - bass
Brian Watson – drums
Ian Harrower – drums on 1, 4, 5, 8, 10, 12, and 13
Tina Brugnoletti – back up vocals on 1, 5, 8, 10, 12, and 13
All songs written by Gabriel Hart/Jail Weddings copyright and published TRU-VOW TUNES 2010 (SESAC)
Arrangements by Brad Caulkins
Recorded between June 2008-Jan 2010 by Luke Tierney, Chris Rakestraw, and Jeff Ehrenberg.
Mixed by Jeff Ehrenberg and mastered by Pete Lyman at Infrasonic Sound
Produced by Brad Caulkins and Gabriel Hart.