With their self-produced debut album 'Awaken', Mark Staley, Justin
Vanegas, Josh Leong and Chad Helmonds look to bring their diverse and unique
brand of modern rock to audiences far beyond the secluded and scenic Humboldt
County they call home.
The band's first demos sounded more like jangly
pop than the harder rock found on 'Awaken'. The band credits most of this change
to the incorporation of Chad Helmonds, a drummer more rooted in metal than the
90's pop and alternative influence of the other members, into the band to
replace the founding drummer. This influence can be felt throughout 'Awaken',
especially on the heavy, driving "Misdirection" and "Heroine" as well as the
epic album closer "Pull In Case of Fire".
Laden Swallow also shows an
inherent knack for creating touching and poignant songs with album highlight
"Blast Off". The song was originally two songs that Mark would play together as
one during solo acoustic shows. These two songs were molded into one cohesive
whole during the recording of the album and is now one of many stand out songs
on the album.
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