Five Questions With Dany Laj & The Looks

Montreal’s Dany Laj and the Looks have released their brand new infectious power-pop single, “Left Right to One”.

The song was produced at Midwest Sound by Dan McMahon and engineered by Jeremy Koester. The song gives you a glimpse into the longstanding rock & roll partnership between Laj and bassist Jeanette Dowling and is set to be released on 7″ as a double A-side split with “Wrote Me A Letter” by Rockford rockers, Pink Beam, which was also produced by McMahon at Midwest Sound.

You can check out the video for “Left Right to One” below and find out more about the band via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

I’m Dany Laj, I play in a band called Dany Laj and The Looks. Music is my life. I wanted to be Wayne Gretzky till I was about 14 years old. After that, I just let everything go and devoted my life to rock ‘n roll. I am not perfect. I’ve made and make mistakes all the time. I’ve learned a lot through the years. I hope that someday everyone on this planet can find a bit of peace, love, and happiness in their lives.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

The music I make, no matter what you want to pin it with or whatever sub-genre people like to call it, is simply just rock ‘n roll. I wake up in the morning, I have coffee, maybe a bite to eat, then I plug my Telecaster in the amp and go. For the most part, I never know how it’s gonna come out. I’m just trying to write what I think may be a good song. I do tell my story through the records we make – I’m a small town kid who left years ago. I kept myself open to situations, plenty of things happened, I experienced life, I partied hard, I fight for what I believe in, I believe in hard work, I come from a mining town, things aren’t easy, life is tough, friends come, friends go, friends die. For the most part, my songs are autobiographical, sometimes they come from the heart and sometimes from strange places. I like to keep a beat to it and I like to make things rock.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

We have shows all through North America until the end of July. Be on the lookout for them as many more are being announced. We started the tour a couple weeks ago and it starts back again on April 25th at The Dakota Tavern (early show) in Toronto with our friends Ghosted. Our shows are high energy and we want every show to be special in its own little way. We always want to play the show people claim they were at.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

Our new single ‘Left Right To One’. It’s a song about the partnership between me and bassist Jeanette Dowling; we’ve been through a lot together, we’ve shared quite the rock ‘n roll journey so far, to say the least. The song is getting a lot of radio play right now and we are very grateful for it.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

Our friends, Meisha & The Spanks, Michael Rault, Beams & First Base all have great new music and I think you should check it out. Canada is producing a tonne of great artists right now, I can be here all day trying to list them all but if ya want, give the new Sloan record a spin as well, it’s also really good.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
April 25 – Toronto ON – Dakota Tavern
April 27 – Montreal Qc – Barfly
April 28 – Saint-John NB – Quality Block Party
April 29 – Moncton NB – TBA
April 30 – Boston MA – O’Brien’s
May 3 – Brooklyn NY – Diviera Drive
May 4 – Baltimore MD – Joe Squared
May 5 – Washington DC – Slash Run
May 6 – Philadelphia PA – Ortlieb’s
May 8 – Dayton OH – Blind Bob’s
May 9 – Indianapolis IN – Melody Inn
May 10 – Chicago IL – Burlington
May 11 – Rockford IL – Mary’s Place
May 12 – Detroit MI – Pj’s Lager House
May 13 – Windsor ON – Phog Lounge
May 16 – Hamilton ON – This Ain’t Hollywood
May 18 – London ON – Call The Office
May 19 – South River ON – Highlander Brew Co.
July 15th – Quebec City – Festival D’Ete de Quebec

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