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    Lola Ray

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1The Way We Argue lyrics
    2Crumble lyrics
    3We're not having any fun lyrics
    4Attraction lyrics
    What It Feels Like lyrics
    Astronaut lyrics
    7Beautiful boy lyrics
    8One By One lyrics
    Charlit Movie Star lyrics
    10I Will Make You Mine lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1I Don't Know You [2004]
    2Liars [2006]


    John Balicanta (singer/guitar), Brian Spina (guitar) and James McIvor (bass) have all been friends since the seventh grade. They grew up together in soutern California where they played in a band until high school endend and they went their separate ways for college. John moved to New York to attend NYU and began to develop his songwriting. He took his solo work to a New York studio and soon "I Don't Know You", the debut album for Lola Ray was born. John found Alex Smolinski, a New York drummer with tons of touring experience and soon James and Brian moved out to New York to round out Lola Ray. The band was quickly signed to DC Flag, a small imprint of Epic Records, on the strength of "I Don't Know You". Once signed, the band took the road and begin a long string of tours, opening for Good Charlotte, The Killers, Sum 41, Jet, Hawthorne Heights and Phantom Planet. Around this time Lola Ray were also featured on MTV's "Advance Warning" and were also on the FUSE network with their video for their single "Automatic Girl".

    While driving across the country in their van, each band member's turn with the CD player had given the boys a chance to showcase their favorite bands and records for each other. John played Bloc Party and Blonde Redhead while Brian listened to classic Motown and The Beach Boys. James played The Cure and The Jam as Alex listenned to Snow Patrol and Guided By Voices. Lola Ray's new materiel, which would form what was essentially their debut record as a band, allowed for the individual members to show off some of their influences. Their new songs were concise and accessible while still being ambitious. Lyrically, John began to write about his flaws the way others might write about a lover; they are his blanket and his solace and ultimately his strength. His lyrics adressed the stuggles of living life within the incestuous social circle of friends and lovers that the band was caught up in at the time. "Liars" is the sound of rooftop parties and lonely social circles, of California optimism challenged by crippling east coast cynicism, and of living life with one foot dangling in adulthood and the other in adolescence.

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