by Lardo

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Ian Lovdahl
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Ian Lovdahl One of my favorite albums of 2015, Lardo's "GUNMETAL EYES" is also one of the best recordings I've found on Bandcamp. Great post-hardcore is hard to find (in my opinion), and GUNMETAL EYES is one of the greatest examples of the genre in the 2010s. Mandatory listening. Favorite track: Pedagogue.
talia wagner
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talia wagner Excellent robot rock with a human heart. freaky, in a good way. Favorite track: Run Away.
Russell Emerson Hall
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Russell Emerson Hall Brilliant, teeth-grindingly angular noiserock from, where else?, Chicago. The guitar sounds like it’s falling apart while it’s being played — jarring bit-crushed-beyond-belief sounds remind me of a hard drive on the verge of failure. The drill-press solid rhythm section gets down to job of propulsively driving each song straight down your throat. The vocals walk the line between a bad day and an existential crisis. A much-needed and fresh take on noiserock.
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The seeds of Lardo were planted with a one-off band featuring Nick Minor and Brian Pennington back in 2010. The two Chicago-based musicians stayed in touch with hopes of future collaboration, though that only happened years later when Brian was looking for a band to play his somewhat novel 'synth guitar' in. Nick suggested bringing Jim Duffy into the fold: not only a sought after live and session drummer with dozens of projects under his belt, but a frequent bandmate of Nick's dating back over 10 years. The trio slowly coalesced and booked a recording session before playing a single show. Engineer Jon San Paolo from Electrical Audio was employed to record the band's early songs in a live, minimal overdub fashion. The band played shows here and there, but the early emphasis was more about their own creative fulfillment through writing. Another batch of songs was written and then recorded with San Paolo again at the end of 2014.

'Gunmetal Eyes' is the end product of these sporadic sessions. The LP's 10 song sequence is semi-chronological: side A representing the bands early mission statement-like songs and side B teetering into more abstract and occasionally playful territory. The band members share a love of their city's famed Touch & Go Records scene, but also find influence in everything from '70s German rock, pop, hip hop, and good 'ol classic rock radio. Lardo can be broken down into 3 elements: the tight, no-more-beats-than-necessary drums and bass, messy digital guitar textures, and Minor's not-so-subtle venting about his life as a school teacher in grossly underserved communities. The band released its debut album in the summer of 2015 on fledgling Alliterative Accord Records, and will continue playing out and writing at a pace that remains fun and creatively rewarding.


released May 19, 2015

Recorded by Jon San Paolo at Burn the Furniture, March/December 2014. Mixed February 2015 by JSP. Mastered and cut by Chris Goosman at Baseline Audio in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Graphic design by Joel Vejendla and screen printing by Screwball Press.



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Lardo Chicago, Illinois

B. Penningtron - guitar
J. Duffy - drums
N. Minor - bass, vocals

lardotheband at gmail


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