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Jan 12

“Robbers”, the music video!!

We’re super excited to announce the release of our first ever music video today, for “Robbers” from our latest album Spells.

Thanks to Sara Jean Cough, Joey Potts, and Brian Keller for being an awesome production team and helping us solidify and realize our vision. And extra special thanks to our robbers - Adam Wolak, Christopher Burke, Jonathan Burden – for taking time out of their schedules to become actors for a day. Everybody did a great job and we couldn’t be happier with the result.

And, without further ado, we present….“ROBBERS”, THE VIDEO!

Robbers from The Laureates on Vimeo.

Jan 12

The Laureates on Daytrotter

We recorded a session at Daytrotter in 2011, and it’s live on the site today! Sign up for a free trial at to listen and download the session. Also on today’s playlist are the incredible Laura Marling and Part 3 of Daytrotter’s “Best of 2011″.

Download the Daytrotter session here »

Also, keep your eyes peeled for our debut video from Spells for “Robbers”, coming out soon.

Don’t forget, Spells is available for free download at Candy Dinner.

Finally, we have a show coming up at the Double Door on January 27th with Victorian HallsFly Over StateThe Black TapeEiffel Tower. That’s 5 bands on one night, wow! RSVP HERE »

Dec 11

Spells lands Album of the Year cred at WMFU’s Evan “Funk” Davies Show

Big thanks to The Evan “Funk” Davies Show on WFMU for picking The Laureates’ Spells as his #1 ALBUM OF THE YEAR!! Check out last night’s playlist to hear the show and see the rest of the list:

And as always, you can download the whole record for free at Candy Dinner:

Jun 11

Chicago Reader reviews Spells

The Chicago Reader dropped a review of Spells today in it’s Local Release Roundup. Here’s what staff writer Miles Raymer had to say about it:

“It makes me happy to see the ironic cover song begin to lose popularity with indie rockers. The concept’s condescending and full of quirk-for-quirk’s-sake bullshit and everything else that makes people hate hipsters—not to mention it’s completely tapped out humor-potential-wise. I’m guessing that not a single one of the dozen covers the Laureates recorded last year to give away on the Internet was ironically inspired. Their sources—Velvets, Yo La Tengo, Soft Boys—brought eccentric sonic visions to bear on sweetly simple pop structures, which is pretty much what the Laureates are up to, and if the remakes’ fealty to the original material laid the Laureates’ influences bare the group didn’t seem too embarrassed by it. The covers did well by their originators, and the new LP Spells does a good job of living up to their legacies. Recorded to an eight-track tape machine, the ten songs are noisy but uncluttered, bringing enough dirt and echo into the mix to keep things interesting but leaving the heavy lifting to the songwriting itself. As far as that goes, I’d put money on the wager that R.E.M. and Big Star were up for consideration for the covers project at one point or another, and although none of the songs jump out as obvious classics for the ages, I’m sure a lot of bands with similar inclinations could improve their shows by adding one to their set list.”

Jump over to the original article to check out the rest of the local releases for this week.

Jun 11

Spells out today – FREE download at!

Our new LP, Spells, is out today! You can grab the MP3s for free over at Candy Dinner, and you can purchase the vinyl over there as well. Go check it out here:.

Here’s what a few folks have had to say about the record so far:

“Lo-fi, brash and loud as hell, the Chicago band’s latest record proves that they can still write slick and sinister rock.”- AOL/ Spinner

“The Laureates stick to their strengths – rough-and-tumble garage rock with a power pop sheen. The songs on Spells are energetic and wild, but the band never lets things get too out of hand.”- Loud Loop Press

“Undeniable!”- Casy Meehan, Chicago Mixtape

Jun 11

Stream the new album today, get it tonight at Schubas is running a full stream of Spells today in their Listening Party section. Go check it out here:

Tonight, we’ll be at Schuba’s with Sleeper Agent and Sergio Leone. Hope to see you there!

Jun 11

Album Review: Loud Loop Press

Thanks to Richard Giraldi at Loud Loop Press for this nice review of Spells. Glad you guys like it!

Go here for the original »

‘On their second full-length, Chicago’s The Laureates stick to their strengths – rough-and-tumble garage rock with a power pop sheen. The songs on Spells are energetic and wild, but the band never lets things get too out of hand and know when to pull back. The result is crunchy guitars and punchy rhythms in quite an accessible format.

As the saying goes, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. The last time The Laureates released original material was in the form on the snaggy 2010 EP No Kontrol. Its raw production worked for the most part, but occasionally would get in the way of the band’s more melodic moments.

On Spells, everything is a lot more even keel. Chad Preston and Adam Penly’s guitars are still upfront but don’t bleed through your speakers. Instead, they fiercely jangle while drummer Pete Gray keeps things steady with his tight pocket playing and bassist Crawfie Ward’s weaving grooves give the low end some real bounce.

There’s toothed brit-pop (“Robbers”), swinging, whiskey swelling numbers (“All Eyes Open”) and even earnest, soulful folk-punk takes (“Changes, Etc.”). But perhaps the most intriguing songs are the ones where you can pinpoint influences in a familiar yet oddly satisfying way.

“Don’t Lose Your Cool” opens with a Spoon-like guitar waltz that’s as recognizable as it is catchy. “Monitor Me” features revved-up mid-60′s riffage, and Spells concludes with a psychedelic nod to “House Of The Rising Sun” with “Moon Bitch.”

Maybe most importantly, The Laureates brim with confidence on the record, which aids the songs in sounding organically created rather than forced. And it pays off as Spells is a very solid and focused set of garage-pop tunes.’

Jun 11

Show Announcement – Schubas 6/27

Hey people, we’re back with another one on the heels of our record release party at the Beat Kitchen last week. We’ll be playing with two bands we’re really excited about – Sleeper Agent (KY) and Sergio Leone (Chicago). Should be a good Monday night. We hope you can make it out!

Monday, June 27, 2011
Schubas, Chicago, IL
w/ Sleeper AgentSergio Leone

RSVP on Facebook here »

Jun 11
Jun 11

Robbers the Video – Sneak Peak

Our friends Sara Jean, Brian, and Joey have been hard at work on a video for “Robbers”. We expect it’ll be ready soon, but we wanted to give you a little sneak peak. We’re super excited for this. Thanks guys!

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