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BEN LABAT & THE HAPPY DEVIL RETURN WITH NEW ALBUM, HOMEWARD, AUGUST 18

Louisiana-based Americana band Ben Labat & The Happy Devil will release their fourth full-length album, Homeward, on August 18. The band teamed up with AXS.com today to release the  first single, “Set It On Fire,” here. Driven by organic instrumentation and culminating on a hypnotic melody, the song proves immediately undeniable and unshakable.

Labat says, “‘Set It On Fire’ is roughly about those souls that are near and dear, but ultimately end up down a road so dark and cold that none of us can follow. Find inner peace by setting their memory on fire.”

Marking the collective’s first new music since 2014’s The Revival, Homeward represents a distinct and conscious embrace of Labat’s folk and Americana roots. These 10 tracks exemplify his vivid lyricism and impressive songcraft, delicately weaving together harmonica, ukulele, piano, and acoustic guitar to create a rustic sonic palette. Over this entrancing backdrop, he carries undeniable hooks and lyrical musings that are as ponderous as they are powerful.

Since kicking off his career in 2006 as part of The Terms, the Louisiana born and bred Labat has quietly become one of Americana’s most striking voices. He’s performed in legendary venues everywhere from New York and Los Angeles to Nashville and New Orleans. Moreover, his songs have sound-tracked key moments in The Ghost Whisperer, The Real World, Jersey Shore, the Kevin Spacey- produced film Mini’s First Time, and Middle of Nowhere starring Susan Sarandon. Now, Homeward sees him return to the sounds that always inspired him and kick off his brightest musical chapter yet.

Ben Labat & The Happy Devil will perform two free shows in and around Louisiana in support of the album. Up first is August 5, at the Which Craft? in Houma (9 p.m., 21+), followed by their Album Release show on Friday, August 18, at Beck’s Bar in Raceland (10 p.m. 21+).

Homeward Track Listing:

  1. The Wilderness

  2. Set It On Fire

  3. The Last Place on Earth

  4. Homeward

  5. Darkness

  6. Nothing But the Past to Lose

  7. Gold

  8. No One Can Keep the Change

  9. Youngblood

  10. Reset Button

To keep up with Ben Labat & The Happy Devil on social media, visit:

Facebook | SoundCloud | Spotify | Twitter

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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