Double Lunch Presents:
DANNY LAJ AND THE LOOKS
Songwriter Laj (Lajeunesse), born and bred in Kirkland Lake, a rural gold-mining camp six hours north of Toronto, is no stranger to being a small town kid growing up in a secluded northern town. Having toured the country and playing any stage he can find, Laj is now in the position to work out his own musical vision, and so far the results have been very exciting. Laj’s heartfelt songs seamlessly meld together elements of rock, folk, and country, without straying too far from the power-pop roots that give the tunes a certain joie de vivre, with nods to tunesmiths like Nick Lowe and Paul Westerberg. The narrative weaved together by Laj’s powerful yet unpretentious lyrics tells the tale of the Northern Ontario kid trying to find his way south, ultimately to Montreal, by way of Sudbury, North Bay, Toronto, and everywhere in between, with stories of finding love, cross-country tours, and broken-down vehicles, but ultimately retaining a strong sense of humour and hope which lies within memorably catchy hooks and intertwining harmonies between Laj and bassist Jeanette Dowling. Dowling and drummer Lewis Handford as The Looks, Laj’s crack rhythm section, provide a rock-solid foundation and perfect complement to Laj’s quirky pop sensibilities, rendering Dany Laj and the Looks an unstoppable force just waiting to win your heart.
Ben Disaster is a 4-peice rock band from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Their songs are deeply influenced by 70's UK punk and 80's American power pop, stitched together with a thread of twang...always evolving, always devolving.
Ben began busking as a solo artist at anarchist picnics and book fairs in 2004. This quickly escalated into the formation of a band to further develop his musical ideas. It wasn't long before the group found itself opening for the likes of Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Frankie Venom (Teenage Head), Hugh Cornwell (The Stranglers), Art Bergman (Young Canadians), Chumbawamba, and others.
A decade later, following a string of 7" records, a cassette, a CD, and numerous video releases, Ben Disaster offers up their strongest work to date. The self-released album "See You Next Spring" captures the band's musical maturity and uncanny street-pop sensibility. It is their live performances, however, where they truly express their ability to infect a crowd with the uncontrollable urge to dance.