Labware began with a modest New Year’s resolution: to craft 100 simple songs within a year. That’s where singer/guitarist Drew Herbst started before quickly enlisting guitarist Clint Selle and bassist Nick Blavat (Dorian Gray, Crimes of Paris) to experiment, explode, and expand a large body of work. Over the next few months, drummer Charles Wiercinski joined to further stir up the sound.
Labware writes songs with a common thread of sound, maintaining a proud pop simplicity with contrasting rock geometries and textures. They build on the influences of Sonic Youth, David Byrne, The Strokes, and the Eels, incorporating the diversity of Wilco, Yo La Tengo, and Pearl Jam to generate an electric sound that resonates with a wide spectrum of listeners.
Milwaukee is only starting to notice the waves this newborn band makes. In early 2013, Labware self-recorded and self-released their first EP oneoneone featuring the talents of master producer Kramer (Low, Serena Maneesh) and photographer Paul Bialas. The EP, along with their entire catalog, is available for download on their website, www.labwaremusic.com.
Ingested live, Labware tastes atomically unstable, numerically irrational, and scientifically undefined...