L.A.B hit #1 in the album charts with L.A.B VI

  • L.A.B hit #1 in the album charts with <em>L.A.B VI</em>
L.A.B hit #1 in the album charts with <em>L.A.B VI</em>

L.A.B hit #1 in the album charts with L.A.B VI

L.A.B is ending the week on a high note, with their new album L.A.B VI reaching #1 on the Official NZ Top 40 Album Charts on its first week of release. It marks the band’s fourth consecutive album to reach Number One, beating out stiff competition from the likes of Taylor Swift, Kanye West & Ty Dolla $Ign. Today’s chart also makes L.A.B third equal all time for the most Number One albums among NZ artists.

L.A.B and their label, LOOP, also take out ALL top 5 places in NZ Singles chart. Plus 7 other songs in top 20. LOOP take 12 out of the top 20 spots!

L.A.B VI was released last Friday after an almost two-year long period of writing and recording and a heavy touring schedule. which has seen the band perform sold-out shows across NZ, Australia, the United States, the UK and Europe.

L.A.B are currently in Hawaii for two special shows alongside acclaimed reggae/pop act Iration, and will return to the iconic Byron Bay Bluesfest in Australia later this month. They will then return to the United States for a 15-date tour which includes a return to California Roots Festival.

In between tours, the album was made with long-time collaborator Lee Prebble at Wellington’s Surgery Studio. As well as topping the charts, it’s also been received with critical acclaim.

“Full of songs of formidable prowess” – Rolling Stone

“The band’s most cohesive & ambitious record to date” – Spill Magazine

The 11 songs featured on L.A.B VI are a welcome addition to the band’s already beloved catalogue. Incorporating all aspects of the L.A.B’s unique sound, the album combines reggae/roots and soul with funk and elements of rock. Featuring the singles ‘Take It Away‘, ‘Casanova‘, ‘Oh No (Pt. 2)‘ and the recently-released ‘Ocean Demon’, the album shows off all the different sides of the L.A.B sound.

“This album, given it took two years to make, allowed us to really simmer on the songs and carve out each track as needed. The body of work as a whole feels very lively and gives me the same feeling of our debut album. Slightly raw and edgier than previous albums. I think I can say on behalf of the boys we are incredibly proud of the quality of these tunes, and they make us feel good, which in turn should make you feel good.”
– Joel Shadbolt.

L.A.B established themselves as one of the hardest-working bands in New Zealand with their relentless touring and recording schedule. While L.A.B VI represents the longest time the band have taken between albums, it also represents the most complete album in their catalogue. The album confirms their place as one of the key acts in the New Zealand music scene, while setting their sights on growing their audience globally.

Check out all things L.A.B below: