"[WHAT LAURA SAYS are] amazing musicians, have zero boundaries and their music is full of so many surprises, not just from song to song, but within a single song. I love this band."
"... the genres aren’t purposely bent with each song change, this simply IS the freedom of their style. The beauty is that What Laura Says are all of your favorite bands wrapped into one, but still, there is something extra-curricular about them. What Laura Says has an essential sound, a reminder of all the music you love but still somehow invigoratingly different, making it hard to put a finger on."
"Rainbows will probably slink off stage in swirly clouds of smoke."
"As an Arizona native, it makes me incredibly proud and excited to see the continued growth and expansion of the local music scene. It’s a scene that is brimming with talented bands as of late and I have high hopes that one day we will be considered a music capital of the Southwest... with bands as talented as What Laura Says flying the flag, I have no doubt that Arizona will get there soon."
Factory Made Future
"This is good stuff, poppy with just enough psychedelia to keep things elastic."
"[What Laura Says'] music combines the familiar in a way that may produce an “ooh” or “ah” but more often satisfies some earthy desire to be hugged. This particular embrace includes a bear’s worth of neo-soul, psyched-electric guitar, sprawling desert folk, sunny keys (and buoyant keyboardist), and pitch-perfect harmonization."
We Heart Music
"This scruffy, quintet of Arizona longhairs twirl between oozing psychadelia and backroom lo-fi lounge pop."
"Much like the more experimental Beatles records, it pays to dig a little deeper where What Laura Says is concerned. In every song there are layers to peel back, where you’ll discover an even greater wealth of gifts. It’s not a difficult task; all you need do is listen."
"Each song is held together with tight, unorthodox percussion, grooving bass, punchy lyrics, guitar and vocals. Clearly demonstrating the fact that they have an extensive grasp in the concept of rhythm and timing, the Phoenix based quintet makes it a point to show off all of their skills, which they do quite successfully... all five members of What Laura Says make a crucial impact on almost every song, conveying a sense of true musicianship. "
Behind The Hype
"Listening to What Laura Says is like reminiscing about spending a lazy summer day with your buds. The sun was going down behind your backyard’s cinder block wall, the beer was cold, and the clouds that would (hopefully) bring monsoon storms were hiding on the edges of your sight, waiting for night to fall."
Yab Yum Music
"... this shizz is rife with the vaguely twangy, highly groovy indie goodness that you've come to expect from the band."
"The fast-paced, playful pop songs from the Arizona-based band What Laura Says are utterly infectious, full of quirky vocals and banged out piano chords."
"This five piece is known for their lush sound comprised of elements of psychedelia, Americana, pop and blues and crafting beautifully orchestrated indie rock that conger images of barren desert landscapes and lazy summer nights under the stars."
"If you haven’t heard of What Laura Says, whip out your cyber-web machine, call mom, and write home to grandma because this manic mix of pop, blues-dixie, pot hazed psychedelia folk rock is just the right stuff to sink your teeth into."
Our Motivation for Change
"... their sound escapes the confines of normalcy, it expands and settles in your brain, drawing out colours and tones that you never realized existed."
Music Induced Euphoria
"Songs like 'Illustrated Manual' show off their Beach Boys-like harmonizing and Smiley Smile tinkering, while also drawing comparisons to the piano-based songs of Ben Folds Five and Queen, What Laura Says Thinks and Feels on this night played with a grittier, Bakersfield country-rock sound à la Gram Parsons."
"No resource feels untapped, unclapped, unstrummed or unsung in What Laura Says."
"... 'old, wrinkled Indian mystics setting dandelions afloat into the western sky' — strangely accurate."
East Valley Tribune
"... certainly not like anything else I've heard going on around town. It's retro and psychedelic, but other than that it's in some category all its own."
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