Love & Thanks

Love & Thanks from Malibu in the USA is the alt-rock band of Jordan StraubelKevin EnstromDimitri SmithGreg Wenhold and Zac Fielder.

Love & Thanks - alt-rock from the USA

Love & Thanks

Newly out of the blocks Love & Thanks deliver sounds which incorporate orchestration, ’60s rock and more than a dash of panache. Whilst there is a sophistication, to the material, the quintet do provide an access point for the likes of me who think that learning a fourth chord is something you do when you change bands.

The well structured mellow sounds do not fade into the background as they have plenty to keep the wandering mind focussed. It will be interesting to see how this transfers to live performance as in their, so far, short career Love & Thanks have been concentrating on finishing a debut EP which is due out imminently. If they are able to make that transition I envisage this is a band you will hear much of over the coming years.

Combining the retrospective with the current Love & Thanks have developed a space for themselves which sits well in the current scene and their combinations of haunting piano and stadium guitars enable the band to fill the room with luscious textures. A little too grown up for my everyday playlist, I have no hesitation in adding this to the ‘evening at home with friends just chilling out’ selection.

I wish them all the best with their career and look forward to hearing the debut EP.


Summer’s End – Single – Love & Thanks is available on iTunes*

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RAU is Maggy (Guitar / Vocals), Kay-Uwe Dörflinger (Drums) and Jim Albrand (Bass) an alternative rock band from Cuxhaven in Germany.

RAU - alternative rock from Germany


The music fairly tears into the room with a percussion that wraps itself into the head and involuntary the body joins in with the frenetic beat being set by the double time tempo. Whilst the overall effect is one of a band in a hurry, RAU, keeps it all under control creating a smartly composed  out-put.

This part of Lower Saxony is a fine hotbed of creativity as established readers will recall another find covered last year on the old site. Introducing a range of influences, including reggae and US indie, RAU successfully take the lighter textures and give them a sanding to deliver a darker rock effect which holds together extremely well.

The vocal is finely delivered and creates a good contrast to the gruffer instrumental accompaniment lifting the music to a creativity which is a great addition to the world of music. I look forward to hearing more of RAU in the future. Their six track release Keine Sau Kennt RAU which sees them showcasing the breadth of their sounds, from the slower pace folk derivative to the higher tempo, which in my view is their core strength, should find them make a more decisive impact and build their audience.


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