Stu McLamb's backstory reads a bit like an episode of Behind The Music - failed relationships and jail time contributed to the sloppy garage-pop debut record from The Love Language. That record got the band signed to Merge Records, but before The Love Language, there was The Capulets (and more drama).
The Capulets were a four-piece band from Raleigh NC comprised of McLamb, Josh Pope (Guitar/Vocals), Tom Simpson (Drums) and Alex Clarke (Bass). The band's sound is a scrappy mix of garage, punk and sugary pop - a rougher, more energetic precursor to the sounds that The Love Language have refined over their past two albums. As the story goes (from the band's label):
"Silent Uproar Records approached the band in 2006 about releasing some demos as a debut full-length. Shortly after signing a deal with the label, the band kicked out Stu McLamb. Now the stuff of legend, McLamb had broken into the band's practice space to teach a girl to play drums and ended up damaging his wrist and trashing some of the band's gear. Needless to say, that was the breaking point for the band itself. Josh, Tom and Alex quickly formed another band, Cocoon, but it didn't last. In late 2006, Stu started The Love Language and eventually tapped Josh and Tom to join him."
A few years later, Silent Uproar decided to finally release a remastered set of Capulets demos - a ragged collection of garage rock that clearly demonstrate the traits that have launched The Love Language to wider audiences. Check out catchy-as-hell jam "Robots" below and grab the full album for just $5 here.