Jolyon Thomas, whose work as a producer includes such artists as M83, U2 and Royal Blood, is now stepping out from the studio and onto the stage as a songwriter and performer, while Laurie Vincent – who as a guitarist forms one half of the band Slaves – takes the role of lyricist and frontman for the first time.
Regarding the band Laurie says, “LARRY PINK THE HUMAN is an ideal. A place created first and foremost to explore my personal thoughts and feelings. A chance to share my perspective lyrically. The key part of LPTH is saying yes, being open, seeking growth and facing problems that seem daunting and almost insurmountable. It is a leap into the unknown, because if we never tried we would never know.
“There is so much more of ourselves we still want to explore and achieve. LPTH spilled out of my chaos-fuelled mind during the establishment of a ‘comfortable’ life, a deep desire to turn left when everyone expects you to turn right.” “I feel the essence of LPTH is me truly becoming myself for the first time.”
Continuing Jolyon says, “LARRY PINK THE HUMAN is a realisation of the music that Laurie and I both love. Mixing and matching styles and colours, with no limits to what is allowed or feasible. Every creation is made by us in our world but reflects the outside with our own lens. In fact LPTH is the lens.
“We both have backgrounds in the visual arts (Laurie’s paintings and myself a member of Youth Hymns) so we are naturally bringing the visual to the forefront of the band. LPTH is: The artwork/song/production/clothing/visual as an all encompassing breathing concept. Once we combine all of this we are LARRY PINK THE HUMAN.”
In short, Laurie and Jolyon have set out to make art that can stand alone in any environment, a band that has no real limits or restrictions and acts as its own entity that is rich with honest and original creativity. As demonstrated in the video for ‘LOVE YOU, BYE.’, directed by Keane Pearce Shaw.
Following an open casting call put out by the band, people were invited to share their deepest worries, fears, dreams, and realities. During filming, the cast were asked to share their personal stories along with items close to their hearts (which can be read in the subtitles and seen on screen).
In this scenario, the balloon is acting as a councillor; an ethereal being listening freely with no ability to retort; no judgement. In essence, the video acts as a reminder that we all carry our scars, we all have our stories, and that is what we all have in common. Our differences are what bind us in one unifying thing - HUMANITY.
‘LOVE YOU, BYE.’ was the first taste of an enthralling new journey for LARRY PINK THE HUMAN with many more wonders still to come.