Hailing from historic Washington, DC, Laughing Man blurs its own peculiar take on art-punk with old-school R&B and blues. Lyrically, the group tackles race and romance in equal measure, simultaneously pulling sounds from disparate sources--free jazz skronk, folky stomps, and unhinged garage rock. The soulful result thrives on contradiction, offering both hooks and agitation, melody and dissonance, tradition and futurism. With an album named after a landmark, interracial marriage, and with a new record based on a film about radical, black performance art, Laughing Man isn't shy about confronting America's anxieties. The band's chops and sheer charisma have landed it spots opening for acts like Wavves, Wale, Blk Jks, Ted Leo, The Love Language, and The Evens.

"An instantly distinctive sound." -The Washington Post

"Easily able to incorporate the grit of old blues while getting into a groove akin to some of the old soul bands... modern, but oddly familiar." -The Washington Times

"Low fidelity swagger... the juxtaposition between post-modern soundscapes (such as the lovely minimalist droning on "Swirl") and dripping-with-attitude blues manages to adeptly cross musical boundaries in style as well as in the audience that appreciates and supports it." -The Deli



Brandon Moses - vocals, guitar
Michael Andrew Harris - percussion, vocals
Luke Stewart - bass, saxophone
Tarek Mohamed - drums

Laughing Man

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photos by Victoria Milko