New name, same great sound
They've changed the name of their band but they haven't changed their commitment to the local music scene.
Laurel Canyons, formerly In Fear Of Olive, hail from Doncaster, but have been a big part of grassroots music in Hull for more than two years.
After becoming sick of people asking what their name was about, and wondering whether it meant anything at all, the four- piece decided it was time for a new identity.
Laurel Canyons is simple to explain – it is a name taken directly from the part of California that connects performers such as Joni Mitchell, Carole King and Jim Morrison.
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The band will perform tomorrow night as part of the new Transmission event at Tofts in Newland Avenue in Hull.
Frontman Jake said: "Hull has always been really good for us."
DJ and promoter Mak Page has launched the new nights to give music fans a better variety on a Friday night. He said: "We have a lot of friends in the city and we usually get a better turnout than in our hometown.
"I don't know Tofts because it's only been going for a few weeks but I'm hearing good reports and if Mak is involved then it's bound to be great.
"You can't overstate the importance of that. Mak really knows his stuff, he's got a great reputation and he's never let us down."
In their longer shows they still play a bit of the quieter stuff, demonstrating the strong melodies within the stunning EPs All We Can Do Is Wonder and Saluting Magpies and showing the range of Jake Cope's vocal capabilities.
Touring has gone on the back- burner recently as work has progressed on a single, Youth Blood, available from April as CD and download from Wire Sound, and a first full album, Laurel Canyons, which will follow in June.
But dates are being arranged to promote the releases and the band are confident of generating interest around the UK on the strength of their work so far and in particular their well-received support slot on Magazine's nationwide tour last year.
Old fans can expect plenty of new material in a set of about an hour, including much or all of the new album and an innovative take on a couple of covers.
Further evidence of a more energetic approach is provided by the booking of highly rated rock producer Matt Ellis and his Axis Studio in Doncaster for the new album.
Jake said: "The new album is an amazing piece of work – incredibly strong."