Do you want to know what one of my favorite things in the whole world is? Awesome people who play awesome music. I mean, don’t get me wrong, awesome music on its own is great too, but when you actually get to know the person playing it you start to actually learn some of the stories behind the awesome music that they play. Such is the case with Josh LaMore. I’ve actually known who Josh was for quite some time, but we just recently started talking on a semi regular basis.
I was first introduced to Josh when he was still performing with his first band, Feature Presentation. I’ll admit that I do not remember a lot about this particular band’s shows apart from a room full of people singing the lyrics “So sorry love, I should have quit” at the top of their lungs for at least five minutes after the song had ended. Those were the days.
Unfortunately, Feature Presentation played their final show in the summer of 2008 at the Cornerstone festival in Bushnell, Illinois. However, this was far from the end of Josh’s music career. Shortly after things with Feature Presentation ended, he began to prepare his first solo album, Dramatics. Dramatics provides Josh’s fans with a musical style different from all the rest. This EP is not only fun to listen to, but it also shows off just how talented Josh LaMore really is. Recorded and produced by Enoch Jensen, Dramatics incorporates a wide variety of musical styles and ultimately offers something that pretty much anyone can enjoy.
Shortly after recording Dramatics, Josh teamed up with a band by the name of Goodbye Fate. Although Goodbye Fate is still together, Josh decided to go in a different direction. He began touring the country, playing acoustic in living rooms, parks, stores, and pretty much anywhere else that would have him with the intention of “learn[ing] from the people [he met] and experienc[ing] something from everyone in a much more intimate way.” It was this idea that prompted Josh to record his second solo album, The Time is Now.
The Time is Now is a very raw, real, EP featuring just Josh and his guitar in a bathroom at McWhoa’s Recording Studio. The entire EP was tracked in just three short hours and does not include a single song that Josh actually intended on tracking. While for many artists this sort of approach would probably not work out too well, for Josh LaMore it works. The Time is Now allows listeners to gain some insight into what Josh was really feeling at the time it was recorded, and I think that’s pretty neat!
Both Dramatics and The Time is Now are available to download for free at this link right here and I highly suggest you grab them both. Seriously, you won’t regret it and if you do, then you probably smell bad. Like, really bad. Just sayin’. So just to be on the safe side, (which coincidentally is also the side that smells like flowers and cupcakes and other…nice smelling things), go ahead and give Josh LaMore a chance. I am fairly certain that you will not be disappointed in the slightest.