Love The Mission
AMPANG, MALAYSIA, 8 MAY 2013 – Laguna Music proudly announces the release of Lab The Rat’s debut album entitled ‘Love The Mission’. Sometimes in life, all you need is a happy song, and ‘Love The Mission’ generously supplies 8 of them. Although observers of the Malaysian music scene may recognise Syarul as the frontman of local heavy rock band Love Me Butch, Lab The Rat is a totally different proposition with their charming insistence on entertaining audiences with their sweet melodies and infectiously happy stage presence. Successfully transferring that happy feeling from their live shows onto their debut album, it is guaranteed to warm even the coldest of hearts, with songs that jingle and jangle and simply beg for the listeners to sing along.
This 8-track album includes previously released singles ‘I Know’, which garnered significant airplay on stations like XFM and Hitz.FM and ‘Unstoppable’. To commemorate the release of their debut album, the song ‘City’ has been chosen to be the album’s first single.
Band members Shahirah and Syarul met at the studio (Lab Rat Jam Studios, Section 13 Shah Alam) in 2004 where Syarul (and Kech) were working at the time. They later bought over the studio to manage themselves. Syarul, also frontman of heavy rock band Love Me Butch, needed an outlet for his more light and carefree feel for music, and so banded together with two of his other brothers – Syaril and Syaiful, (his then fiancé) Shahirah, a friend and long-time studio hand, Kech to form alternative-folkish-pop band Lab The Rat. Their first live show was a qualifying round for the Global Battle of the Bands (GBOB) Competition, which sent them to the national finals in Planet Hollywood (KL). Winning the nationals (and RM50,000 then), they were then sent to the UK to play at the London Scala Theatre for the World Finals. The music that came from this union? Carefree and full of life! Bandmate Nik Azwaa joined in early 2009 and in middle of 2011 they were signed to independent music label, Laguna Music. read more
Guba’s Debut Album, Hilang, Available For Pre Order Now
AMPANG, MALAYSIA, 9 JULY 2012 – Laguna Music proudly announces the release of Gubaʼs debut album entitled ʻHilangʼ.
In Hilang, music enthusiasts explain Gubaʼs “honest vocals” are “blended with melodies that are enchantingly evergreen”. A “soulful” album, which makes it “a great listen even in a couple of years time to come”.
This 10-track album includes his previously released singles including the popular duet ʻYouʼre So Fineʼ featuring Yuna and ʻYou & Meʼ, both of which had garnered significant airplay in the local radio earning Guba the number one spot in the Hitz.FM Kota Kinabalu Borneo English Top Ten (BET 10), Hitz.FM Malaysian Top Ten (MET 10) and XFM Malaysian Top 40.
Sabahan born, Gabriel Robert, better known as Guba, signed up with indie label Laguna Music in 2011. Growing up in Sabah, Guba comfortably writes his songs in Malay as well as English, and describes his music as alternative- folk. He has wowed many with the soothing sounds from his guitar partnered with his clear, relaxing voice that cuts through to each listener, giving his songs “heartfelt emotions that creates a wonderful musical journey that is pleasant to the ears in so many occasions” . All songs on the ʻHilangʼ album were written and composed by Guba himself, a testament to his remarkable musical talent. read more.
Laguna 10 Celebration
AMPANG, MALAYSIA, 20 OCTOBER 2012 – October 2012 marks the 10th year anniversary of homegrown music label, Laguna Music. In conjunction with this memorable event, Laguna Music will play host to a special 8-hour concert at Club Neverland this 4 November 2012.
Other than showcasing the record label’s artistes, Laguna has invited a total of 16 bands that have made their mark in the indie music industry and each share their own experience working with Laguna Music over the years. Bands such as Prana, Blind Tribe, Subculture and Damn Dirty Apes will be making special appearances for this concert, with regular festival headliners Love Me Butch, SevenCollar T-Shirt, PureVibracion and Pesawat also included in the line-up.
Tickets will be available online at the Laguna Music Online Store, www.lagunamusicstore.com (pre-sale) and at the door. For pre-sale tickets, patrons have the option of purchasing the tickets bundled together with a Laguna Music album at RM40 or tickets-only at RM30. On the day of the event, tickets will also be sold at the door for the price of RM35.
Laguna Music was a result of a search by two brothers for the ideal record deal for their band, Prana. Jeffrey and Jeremy Little took their experience from Prana’s first record deal with a mainstream label, to form Laguna Music in 2002. Over the years and with just a handful of artists under their roster, they achieved much success and recognition, and at the same time, built strong relations with other members of the industry, eventually developing the company to what it has become today. read more