The Fooligans is the Chapel Hill based project of Ian Leinbaugh, John Colvin, and Neil Colvin (and, for a time, William Taylor and Tom Dobrov). Setting out to make music that is, in their own words, “something like The Band Meets Yes,” the group pulls together an incredible mix of influences and styles ranging from rock and blues to folk and jazz. The result is a high energy explosion of sound that would send The Band quivering and make Yes take notes. The group’s debut album, Love Songs For The Apocalypse, is a collection of tracks fueled by a troubled Romance (as the name might imply)…as Ian Leinbaugh describes it, “I needed to get the album released for purely emotional reasons, as I was losing my fucking mind over this girl and these songs were like toxic waste in my heart and I was semi-convinced the world was going to fall apart by the end of the year.”
This emotional angst is apparent throughout the album, as the tracks weave together sordid tales of Romance that would make Shakespeare and Hemingway proud. As Leinbaugh describes it, Love Songs For The Apocalypse “paints a very honest picture of a boy eternally in love with a girl desirous yet simply unable to consistently reciprocate that love as the world around him begins to dissolve into utter chaos.”
And the group has undergone some recent chaos of its own…everything from side projects to college enrollment (and even a bought of nasal surgery complete with oxycodone)…but things have since settled and The Fooligans will be back on tour in July. Keep an eye out for their tour dates, and of course, be sure to support The Fooligans and get your copy of Love Songs For The Apocalypse.
-posted by The Needle
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