Al McCarthy and Joe Pelegano, two best friends with the same birthday, are a local sensation with their their band, Lana Lana. McCarthy started the band in early 2012 after leaving from his other band, Figurehead. Lana Lana is a diy alternative punk band and they draw inspiration from some bands such as Snowing, Algernon Cadwallader, and The Front Bottoms. The band released their debut album Swap Shop, Good Morning in January of 2013 and shortly after they released an EP called Hey, Judith.
Hey, Judith has only three short songs on it, but they are phenomenal. The first song is called “Hey, Judith” and it is very reminiscent of a song you would hear on Japandroids first album. The song starts out with a gentle guitar and drum melody and then goes into a punk rock jam with Pelegano screaming “Hey, Judith. I’ve got a lot to say./Let’s get it all out, before we part ways.” The song ends with an awesome repetitive phrase where Pelegano sings “You are everything that I cannot be, at least I’ll call you mine.”
“Hey, Judith” then transitions into the song “…Agh…”. The song starts off with distorted guitars and then a drum fill starts off a melodic instrumental expression that sounds like it was written by American Football. The guitar and drums then build up and erupt with Pelegano and McCarthy singing “Goodbye sweetheart/ Let them take you away/ All your pain will be washed away/ Maybe I will see you someday”.
“…Agh…” then goes into the song “My Good Eye” The song is a guitar ballad with no drums. The acoustic guitar and Pelegano’s singing sounds like a shoutout to the Nirvana unplugged sessions. The song has this 90’s grunge feel to it and it really shows in the guitar playing and the lyrics. “And it all hits me at once/ Your body sinks deeper, but I can’t seem to jump/ No I can’t seem to jump.”
Hey, Judith is a fantastic piece of work and it shows how Lana Lana is growing as a band overall. Anyone interested in the local Connecticut underground scene should definitely listen to this album and support the band because they are progressively becoming bigger than the boil on Elmer’s face from the cartoon The Fairly Oddparents.
Yo! We just want to say thanks for everything you’ve guys have done for us this past year and a half. To the people who have listened to us, let us crashed on your floor while on tour, set up a show when one dropped, and all the nice kids we’ve met thus far. We can’t wait for these 7 inch records to come out, and we hope that you’ll enjoy them as much as we’ll enjoy having them! We ain’t going no where homies. Until we run out of beer that is…
Our friend Chris put together this benefit compilation for the Yale Juvenile Cancer Center. For 7 bucks you can get 22 songs, one from us and the rest from friends and great artists. It’s for a great cause, and I hope to continue to work with The Underweather Project in the future to help combat childhood cancer!
If you know us as a band, you know we’re fun loving dudes who love to have a good time and hardly ever like to get “deep and personal”. This 7 inch record and the songs on it however have more serious feelings to us personally as we’ve learned to put our thoughts down into what we love doing. We hope you’re enjoying it and downloading it, because it means the world to us.
A bunch of people have asked us to post the lyrics to one of the songs off it. So here they are for the song, “My Good Eye”
“Why didn’t you die when you fell off the boat? Take me down with you, that’s no fucking joke
Because I can’t stand to look you in the eyes, even when I knew you, you were just in disguise
And it all hits me at once. Your body sinks deeper, but I can’t seem to jump.No I can’t seem to jump,
Because, saving you would leave you forever from me Something I won’t give to sleep in the sea. I know it’s just me, I’ve seen this before, I know your clever ways, and how a human feels
But you’re so bad at telling the truth, that’s why I knew your plans too
I can only see from my good eye, the bullet hits my temple on my left side I’ve always thought I’d be better off dead, since you told me I’m no good, in the end”
We can’t thank you guys enough for the support we’ve gotten over the past year. These songs will be out on a 7 inch record this summer. Be on the look out for pre-orders/share with your friends. AND DOWLOAD TOO.