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Dany Laj and the Looks: “Alive & Kicking” coming February 17th

Like discovering new music? Like supporting upcoming bands and record labels? Get ready then, because Alive & Kicking, the upcoming release from Montreal-based Dany Laj and the Looks is set to release on February 17th.

Combining power-pop with garage and 1970’s/80’s dirty punk sound, Dany Laj and the Looks continue their rise on both the independent Canadian and US music scenes with their new album, the fourth in their catalog. Previously, the Looks released The Match (2010), Telepathic Voices (2012) and most recently Word on the Street (2016), the focus of last year’s very successful North American tour. Alive & Kicking looks to follow on that success with a new tour this year.

For those unfamiliar, Laj, born and bred in a small rural town about 8 hours outside of Toronto, ON, is now seeing success with the Looks after many years toiling on the independent music scene in Canada, taking any gigs available in order to perfect his vision for the right sound and gain that oh-so-valuable exposure that all bands need to survive. Now, Laj’s heartfelt songs and lyrics about a small-town kid making his way across the Great North finding love, touring the land and breakdowns (of the automotive kind) combine with a hot power-pop sound, a great sense of humour and catchy tunes to make for a great musical package that anyone can enjoy.

Frontman and band namesake Dany Laj (Photo by Holly Thomas)

Currently, the tour looks to take place from February to April, with more dates and cities being added all the time. The album will be released the week before the tour begins, and in the meantime, pre-orders are available. You can now order the album on CD or 12″ vinyl (which will be released late spring), and each purchase includes a streaming option as well as a full digital download, so you can take the sweet sounds of the Looks with you, no matter where you go. At less than $11.00 USD for either option (and that’s including shipping), you are looking at a great deal for some fantastic music. As an added bonus, you can also order their single “The Sweet Pretender”, exclusively on 7″ vinyl. Finally, with the pre-order, you will get early access to four full tracks from the album, available for download right away.

The band is currently taking orders on their official official Bandcamp page, where you can also download their entire library. Currently, The Match is available for free and Telepathic Voices is available with a “name-your-price” option, giving you a great chance to sample their sounds if you’re still unsure. And if you like what you hear, pick up Word on the Street for a great price while you’re at it.


Fri Feb 24 Sudbury ON, Townehouse Tavern
Sat Feb 25 Sault St-Marie ON, Loplops
Mon Feb 27 Thunder Bay ON, The Apollo
Wed Mar 01 Regina SK, the Club
Thu Mar 02 Saskatoon SK, Vangelis
Fri Mar 03 Calgary AB, Palomino
Sat Mar 04 Edmonton AB, Sewing Machine Factory
Tue Mar 07 Prince George BC, Nancy O’s
Wed Mar 08 Revelstoke BC, Last Drop
Thu Mar 09 Kelowna BC, Fernando’s
Sat Mar 11 Seattle WA, Funhouse
Sun Mar 12 Portland OR, Pop Tavern
Wed Mar 15 Lincoln NE, Vega
Thu Mar 16 Minneapolis MN, Eagle’s Club
Fri Mar 17 Milwaukee WI, Garibaldi’s
Sat Mar 18 Chicago IL, Subterranean
Sun Mar 19 Rockford IL, Mary’s Place
Tue Mar 21 Detroit MI, PJ’s Lager House
Wed Mar 22 Wyandotte MI, The Rockery
Fri Mar 24 Saint-Hyacinthe QC, Zaricot
Sat Mar 25 Montreal QC, Turbo Haus
Thu Mar 30 Oshawa ON, Atria
Fri Mar 31 Toronto ON, Bovine Sex Club
Sat Apr 01 Sherbrooke QC, La Petite Boîte Noire
Thu Apr 06 Québec City QC, L’Anti Bar
Sat Apr 15 New York NY, Hank’s Saloon


For more from the band, including upcoming releases, appearances, merchandise and more, you can visit their official site, as well as follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Dany Laj and the Looks are:

DANY LAJ – guitars, lead vocals
JEANETTE DOWLING – bass, vocals

PATRICK BENNETT – organ (Sweet Pretender, Defending Champion, Mixing A Drink, Diamond In the Rough) 
EDDY BLAKE – cello, vocals (Mixing A Drink)
ROY VUCINO – additional guitar (We Were A Gang)

Drums & bass recorded by Paul Cargnello (May 2016)
The rest recorded by Dany Laj at Secret Passage Studios (June-November 2016)
Produced and mixed by Dany Laj
Mastered by Ryan Battistuzzi
Special thanks to Michael Bégin
© All songs by Dany Laj (SOCAN/ASCAP 2016)
Cover art, layout, and front photo by Jeanette Dowling
© 2017 Some Call It Pop Records, all rights reserved


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