Streets of Laredo

Streets of Laredo announce album, debut video

Brooklyn by way of New Zealand quintet Streets of Laredo have announced their sophomore album, Wild. The record was produced by John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.) and is set for release on October 14.

Relix premiered the official music video for the first single off the album, “99.9%” – watch it here.

In an interview with Noisey, Dave Gibson describes the track: “Most of these lyrics were written on a napkin at a bar in the East Village, in possibly the most stereotypical & clichéd way one could imagine — a depressed songwriter finishes his shit day job, goes to Black & White by himself, gets drunk, and writes lyrics on a napkin. There was also a poet, and he was yelling.” Stream “99.9%” here.

Daniel Gibson recounts making the video: “It was super fun making this video, and we had a bunch of footage we had shot from roaming around Brooklyn. Dave and I hadn’t directed anything before, so we got together and came up with a concept, and then reached out to a few of our filmmaker friends. We chose to do it this way, so we all felt comfortable. Working with our best friends meant we got natural performances in front of the camera and great moments.

Mixing rolling lyrics reminiscent of Bob Dylan with a golden era of indie rock sound, “99.9%” manages to be both honest and hopeful in the face of everything going on in the world today. The album carries this energy throughout it, with charming folk melodies, sparkling guitars and warm horns gliding over poppy, driving beats. From its mellows to its highs, Wild is a full, fragrant record.

Comprised of close-knit family members Daniel, Dave, and Sarahjane Gibson, the Brooklyn by way of New Zealand band pulls inspiration from the fervor/madness of the 70’s folk-rock circuit. Their debut album, Volume I & II  (2014, via Dine Alone Records) landed them a spot on Billboard’s “14 New Zealand Acts You Need To Know About” list and won them first prize in the Adult Album Alternative category of Nashville’s Unsigned Only Awards. They’ve also just finished a tour with Shakey Graves.

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