Get Electrofied: Lamb Tickets
If you're a fan of electro and trip hop, Lamb either already is, or might soon be, your favourite band. These veteran performers have been around since 1996, and they just keep getting better with time. Tickets to the next Lamb tour are a music must-have for this year.
Lamb have been delighting fans both on and off tour since their self-titled debut album came out in 1996. They have also released some fantastic DVDs of live shows over the years, such as 2011's "Live at the Paradiso." The band's latest tour schedule is a big one, covering most of England and nine countries in Europe. If you're near a big venue, like London's legendary Roundhouse, grab your Lamb tickets now.
During a break from Lamb that lasted from 2004 to 2009, Rhodes and Barlow both produced critically-acclaimed solo work. Lou's first solo album "Beloved One" landed on the shortlist for the Mercury Music Prize in 2006, and Andy did a substantial amount of high-profile producing under the name Hipoptimist. His solo debut came after Lamb's reunion, with the release of "Leap and the Net Will Appear," under the name LOWB in 2013. Both band members have continued to work on their own projects in addition to their work with Lamb.
Lamb consists of two members, Lou Rhodes and Andy Barlow. Emerging from Manchester at the height of the drum 'n' bass scene, Lamb brought something new to the table with eloquent lyrics and layers of electro over pulsing beats. They received praise for their passionate performances and innovative work, but it wasn't until 2009 that the mainstream press sat up and took notice of Lamb's talent.
Lamb's success was something of a slow burn; part of the reason for their hiatus was a lack of mainstream attention. Their fame did increase -- particularly in the UK -- after their 2001 single "Gabriel" was released. The gradual rise to more universal attention sped up considerably when the band reunited in 2009, with the release of "5" coming in 2011 alongside their long-awaited first live album, "Live at Koko".
Another release that pushed Lamb towards popular success was the hauntingly beautiful single "Gorecki." Released in 1997, it has appeared on TV, video game, and movie soundtracks in various formats. Even those who are not fans of Lamb's favoured genres tend to recognise "Gabriel" and "Gorecki."
"Fear of Fours," released in 1999, was a big hit with both fans and critics. The album was praised for maintaining the originality and verve of "Lamb" while still managing to branch out and experiment. "Between Darkness and Wonder" arrived in 2003 and showcased a more mature sound, proving that Lamb was finally settling into their niche as a unique band.
"What Sound," the 2001 album that featured "Gabriel," was also a shining moment, even without considering the success of "Gabriel." It is also worth remembering the band's debut: "Lamb" is an incredibly accomplished first album.
Many electronic artists prefer to hide behind their equipment and just get on with the show, but Lamb takes the experience much further. Lou Rhodes loves to see audiences in a state of frenzy, and makes it happen by charming the crowd with her personality and talent. Andy Barlow plays his role too, dancing and animatedly making the most of every opportunity to pull out an instrument. The music may be thoughtful and dreamy at times, but in a live show, this act creates intense emotion. A Lamb gig is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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