Today, La Sera releases music video for “I Need An Angel,” the clip was directed by Jason Lester, and is off the band’s fourth album, Music For Listening To Music To, out tomorrow on Polyvinyl. La sera will be hitting the road, starting March 10th at The Reverb Festival in Las Vegas, as well as, dates with Titus Andronicus.
“On Music For Listening to Music To, Katy Goodman returns with a set of songs that double down on solid simplicity – the power of wry lyrics, guitar, driving backbeat, and the occasional pump organ groove. And as the record cover gives away, Goodman isn’t alone. La Sera is a duo now – that’s guitarist/cowriter/new husband (!) Todd Wisenbaker standing up there. And Ryan Adams joins to produce the fruit of their union, La Sera’s first live-recorded analog album, featuring 10 tunes about good love, bad love, dead men, and confused kids”.
For a glimpse at the album’s genesis, though, pull up duet “One True Love.” When it came time to write her fourth full-length, Goodman wasn’t sure where she wanted to take the music. One night she and Wisenbaker (a Jenny and Johnny touring alum who joined La Sera in 2012 and produced Hour of the Dawn) did something they’d shockingly never done before: wrote a song together. That upbeat jangle-pop cut was the result, and the rest poured out. Wisenbaker sings on two others as well – the coiffed malt shop blues of “I Need an Angel” and bittersweet rocker “Nineties,” which features synth by Adams and Greta Morgan (The Hush Sound, Gold Motel). Nate Lotz (Halsey, Madi Diaz) drummed for the weeklong PAX-AM studio sessions.
As a testament to the chemistry that happened in that space, Music For Listening to Music To spawned another fruitful relationship: Adams and Wisenbaker hit it off and decided to start their own band. Instead they wound up recording a bunch of Taylor Swift covers, which became the 1989 album. These days Wisenbaker’s doing double duty – you might’ve seen him backing Adams on Jimmy Kimmel or The Daily Show. She says Adams’ excitement about taking La Sera into the analog realm inspired her to embrace the back-to-basics approach.
03/10 – Las Vegas, NV – Neon Reverb Festival
03/11 – Palm Springs, CA – Ace Hotel
03/12 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex / Force Field’s 10th Birthday Bash #
05/06 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
05/07 – Detroit, MI – Marble Bar
05/08 – Toronto, ON – CMW
05/09 – Montreal, QC – Casa del Popolo
05/10 – Boston, MA – Great Scott
05/11 – New York, NY – Market Hotel
05/12 – Washington DC – 9:30 Club %
05/13 – Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant Street %
05/14 – Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music Diner %
05/15 – Champaign, IL – The Accord %
05/16 – Lincoln, NE – Vega %
05/17 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre %
05/18 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad %
05/19 – Phoenix, AZ – Rebel Lounge %
05/20 – San Diego, CA – Ché Café %
05/21 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory %
05/23 – Los Angeles, CA – Fonda %
05/24 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore %
05/25 – Davis, CA – Odd Fellows Hall %
05/27 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall %
05/28 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore %
05/29 – Seattle, WA – Barboza %
# = w/ Lightning Bolt, Wax Idols, Sonny & The Sunsets, Terry Malts, Dent May, Jimmy Whispers, Nedelle Torrisi, Papercuts
% = w/ Titus Andronicuss