Calgary’s Lab Coast is a dilithium crystal whose potential energy is still being realized. Their 4 full-length albums are tied together by 1 goal: write effervescent, lo-fi pop nuggets. Formed in 2008 by drummer Chris Dadge and songwriter David Laing, Lab Coast’s sound has been forged over the years by heavy hitters from the Calgary music community including Samantha Savage Smith, Evan Resnick, Darrell Hartsook, Ryan Bourne, Noah York, Scott Munro and Henry Hsieh. Great melodies, catchy hooks and layered jangly guitar parts define Lab Coast’s intensely likeable sound. The songs are deliberately short, catching listeners in mid-headbop until the next song starts up. As brief as they are, their songs still contain semi-orchestral surprises: breathing room, unexpected bridges and winsome harmonies. Laing’s deadpan delivery is surprisingly adorable. This is well-crafted stuff and it’s no wonder that Lab Coast have gained a following that reaches far beyond the comfort of their beloved basement studio. Their recording style may veer towards mad scientism at times with unapologetic experiments with samples, cameo appearances, pitch shifts and “I cannot change the laws of physics, Captain!” twists of gear knobs but, ultimately, Lab Coast embodies a quiet, methodical dedication to artistry and creativity that will no doubt take them to sonic landscapes yet to be discovered.
Biography by Chantal Vitalis