Phoenix, Arizona based-band, What Laura Says' Bloom Cheek is the group's second full-length record. Quite a bit more focused than their patchwork debut record, Thinks and Feels, Bloom Cheek plays out as a layered, lush and vibrant journey from start to finish. The album will be released June 8, 2010, on Raleigh, North Carolina-based label Terpsikhore Records - creation of indie darlings, the band Annuals and run by bassist Mike Robinson.
What Laura Says Thinks and Feels was the original tongue-in-cheek moniker created in 2003 by founding band members James Mulhern and Danny Godbold. The acoustic duo played for years at coffee houses and house parties in the Phoenix area until 2006, when they joined forces with the accredited rhythm section of Mitch Freedom and Greg Muller, as well as like-minded multi-instrumentalist Jacob Woolsey.
This combining of friends and forces
resulted in a full five-piece American band in the truest sense. What Laura Says' layered song writing and
instrumentation melds together the sounds of psychedelia, pop, blues, Americana, and indie rock delivering a fresh sonic experience both vintage and contemporary in tone.
What Laura Says and the music it makes tends to feel like a bundle of nerves and agitation and apprehension that cannot be reasoned with, just witnessed, almost as a voyeur. It feels as if a lifetime's worth of passion and real living is getting crammed into these pieces of time that they put together around an idea or a phrasing of an idea. --Daytrotter
The fast-paced, playful pop songs from the Arizona-based band What Laura Says are utterly infectious, full of quirky vocals and banged out piano chords. --npr