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In the darkest depths of the winter of 2007, two law students found common ground in their mutual distaste for academia and love of sloppy college radio rock and roll. After swapping several home-made recordings and recognizing a potential escape from the world of professional and family responsibilities they were rapidly being thrust into, Rob Clark, Ben Gworek, and a small rotation of backing musicians began to craft the songs around which Land Mammal would eventually form.
At the same time, Rob’s old friend Zach Paquette was blowing off some steam with the bar band Boozy Lips at Big Red, Zach’s recording space/landscaping business headquarters. Looking to keep his chops sharp, Rob too joined in the weekly alcohol fueled ruckus. The puzzle pieces were on the table, and it was up to Rob to put them together. Rob introduced Ben and Zach in early 2008, and after several sessions with Boozy Lips drummer John Hunter, Land Mammal was born.
After a year and a half of shows across New England and a few minor lineup changes, Rob, Ben, and Zach continue to form the backbone of Land Mammal. A rock band by night, they maintain their alter-egos as attorneys and a landscaper by day.
With diverse influences ranging from Pavement and Guided by Voices to George Clinton, Land Mammal creates guitar driven, melody focused hooks designed to settle in the deep recesses of the brain and never leave. Their catchy jangles appeal to a broad audience, and despite the mellow brand of rock they play, the energy of their live performances never fails to disappoint. After an eight month hiatus, Land Mammal returns to the stage this winter as they hone their latest tunes in preparation for their first full length album to be produced later in 2010.
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Land of a Thousand Dolphins
Land Mammal harkens back to those golden sounds of fuzzy ‘90s indie rock which still sound sweet a decade later. A relative newcomer to the Providence rock ‘n’ roll gang wars, Land Mammal take their cue from the likes of Pavement, some of the more minimalist Sonic Youth stuff, Beat Happening, and probably 62% of the 1994 roster of Matador Records. Having been as big a fan of indie guitar swing as the next geek back in the day, I don’t view that as a bad thing.
Land Mammal is carving their own niche with lo-fi breezy originals so check myspace.com/aspecialnewband to keep abreast on where they will be stomping in the future.
- Marc Clarkin of Alt-Nation, Motif Magazine, Nov. 19, 2008