By: Veronica Johnny
Music Industry Arts & Performance Student
Greg Laswell is out for revenge with his new album, Everyone Thinks I Dodged A Bullet, set for release on March 4, 2016.
As the title hints, this is a quintessential post-breakup song collection. Laswell wrote, performed (except the cello parts), mixed and produced the entire recording on Vanguard Records. Lyric videos were pre-released for songs “Everyone Thinks I Dodged A Bullet” and “Lifetime Ago” in October and December 2015, and “Out of Line” in January 2016 on BlackBook. Evren Göknar, a Grammy award-winner who also produced for Iggy Pop, mastered the ten-track album, now available for pre-order via iTunes and Amazon.
“While ‘breakup’ songs are littered far and wide across the pop landscape, only a precious few can genuinely bond author and listener through a viscerally-shared sense of that particularly tortured experience,” BlackBook said in a recent review of the album.
People love breakup songs and those with lost love on their minds will be singing along to the lyrics, “Everyone thinks I dodged a bullet / But I think I shot the gun.” No one would want these songs written about them and many will speculate as to who he’s singing about; but they don’t have to be suffering true heartbreak to enjoy the music.
“Laswell has a gift for appealing melodies that float and meander,” NPR Music (National Public Radio) said in their feature story on the artist.
When asked to give advice to Centennial College’s Music Industry Arts & Performance students, here’s what Laswell had to offer: “I always say that if you have a legitimate ‘Plan B’, do yourself a favour and skip to it… Sounds harsh, but it’s true. You don’t want it enough. Also, make sure you’re good. Everyone thinks they’re good. Get some people in your ear that you trust and will give you an honest opinion (not your mom, or roommate, and NEVER your girlfriend or boyfriend).”
Honest and heartfelt words, just like his lyrics.