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Interview:
Langhorne Slim lays down the Law with new album
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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Langhorne Slim has had his current band, The Law, together for two years, since multi-instrumentalist David Moore came on board. But the Pennsylvania-born singer-songwriter's latest album, "The Way We Move" -- due out June 5 -- marks the group's first studio outing, and Slim says it made a difference.

"I've never been in the studio with a band that was so together and so focused on playing with each other," notes Slim (real name Sean Scolnick), 31. "We tour eight months out of the year or something like that, but even though we'd never been in the studio together we were really well seasoned, so to speak."

Slim was also happy to enter the studio this time with an excess of songs -- about 30, by his estimation, which were recorded over the first four days with overdubbing and editing following. "It was a great problem to have," notes Slim, adding that the final cut of 14 songs for the album was also a group decision.

"What we wound up doing was after we were done in the studio, everybody took the music home and sat with it for a couple of weeks," he recalls. "Then everybody individually made a list, and thank goodness our lists were almost identical. There were only a few little arguments or disagreements here or there.

"Otherwise these songs were just the ones that felt right. We figured if we were all on the same page individually, without coercing each other too much, we were probably on to something that was going to work."

Langhorne Slim & the Law and Ha Ha Tonka perform Monday, May 28, at the Pike Room in the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of show. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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