Summer may be winding down, but La Sera has just shared its new music video for “10 Headed Goat Wizard” from the band’s 2014 long-player Hour of the Dawn, which premiered again this morning. La Sera’s next show is tomorrow, at Burger-a-Go-Go in Santa Ana at The Observatory.
As La Sera, Katy Goodman turned an aching heart into two bittersweet break-up albums (2011’s self-titled debut and 2012’s Sees the Light). Her latest album, Hour of the Dawn had seen Goodman waking up, throwing open the bedroom windows and welcoming the day.
“I wanted the new La Sera record to sound like Lesley Gore fronting Black Flag,” Goodman said. “I didn’t want it to be another record of me sad, alone in my room. I wanted to have fun playing music and writing songs with a band.” To back her nimble basslines and enchanting vocals, Goodman assembled a new band helmed by guitarist Todd Wisenbaker.
The forceful new La Sera line-up had set about fleshing out Goodman’s melodies and lyrics into strapping rock anthems, debuting them to enthusiastic crowds on tour, and refining them with a newfound obsession to detail.
The sound that emerged from these disparate influences combined enthusiastic energy with tuneful harmony, as exemplified by opening track “Losing to the Dark.” Title track “Hour of the Dawn,” meanwhile, rides a steady groove towards a long horizon of sunrise. It’s the record’s thematic center: a final wave goodbye to a messy past and the beginning of a new day. “Fall in Place” captures La Sera at an emotional and musical crossroads.
Hour of the Dawn, as its title suggests, heralds the beginning of a new chapter in La Sera’s musical evolution.
Hour of the Dawn
May 13th, 2014
01. Losing to the Dark
02. Summer of Love
03. Running Wild
04. Fall in Place
05. All My Love is For You
06. Hour of the Dawn
07. Kiss This Town Away
09. 10 Headed Goat Wizard
10. Storm’s End
09.05.15 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory *
* – w/ Cat Power, The Julie Ruin, Kate Nash, and more