With 2015’s debut album Class charting in the UK Top 100 and Scottish Top 10, reaching number one in the UK Indie Breakers chart, and receiving over three million plays on Spotify, The LaFontaines are ready to top that success with the seething power of their second album Common Problem, out on 27th October 2017 via A Wolf At Your Door Records.
Following the album’s first single Asleep, comes its title track Common Problem, which is now granted a full video, filmed by the band in Venice, Italy. It comes with a bit of a backstory, as front-man Kerr Okan explains;
„We always like to do something a bit different with our videos, however this one was genuinely inspired by true events. After playing a gig in London the night prior to flying to Venice, our bassist John left his passport in a Nando’s somewhere south of Camden. Only to discover this while attempting to check in at Edinburgh Airport the next day. He sadly missed the shoot in Italy. Some would say that’s his cheekiest Nando’s yet.”
The album itself provides an intense and relatable social commentary. A brutally honest outpouring of angst, Common Problem is a raging reflection on the state of the world today.
„Common Problem is a much darker record than our debut release,” Kerr continues. „We’re not as young and naive as we were in our early twenties. We’ve been around the world as a band, seen a lot of things and discovered our one big Common Problem… There is a lot of angst, truth and reality held within this album.”
With the help of producer Joe Cross (The Courteeners), the album’s sound is as sharp as the lyrical content, packed with explosive riffs and electronic hooks that race alongside Okan’s gritty, pointed Scottish drawl. Common Problem combines an eclectic mix of influences, but at their core The LaFontaines are a real rock band, and a genuine force to be reckoned with.
Having built a reputation as one of Scotland’s most exciting live bands, The LaFontaines have sold out headline shows at Glasgow’s Barrowlands and ABC, played London’s Koko and the main stage at T In The Park. This year alone, they have impressed the crowds at The Great Escape, Reading and Leeds Festivals, TRNSMT and Download Festival with the relentless energy of their live set.