No Lala began in 2014 as second outlet for prolific songwriter Casey Burge, known in the city of Portland, Oregon for his work with his six-piece pop group Minden . Envisioned as a more stripped-down combo, he brought over Minden harmony/backing vocalist Lia Gist and percussionist Papi Fimbres (this time on the main kit) and added bassist Seth Mankoski and classically-trained pianist Sam Adams.
With Burge’s groove-and-hook hallmarks in tow, the songs are built around the ultra-tight rhythm section; the heady, almost filmic keyboard work and sparse guitar flourishes add potency to the suggestive vocals and seductive drum-and-bass service.
The group recorded four songs locally with Jeff Bond at Secret Society in late 2014, which will be released in August as a split cassette with Boone Howard (former frontman of PDX favorites The We Shared Milk).
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