Friday, September 13, 2013

Book of Love reunites for California live dates

Seminal New York City electro-pop band Book of Love will reunite for several California shows in October.

The group, comprised of original members Susan Ottaviano (lead vocals), Ted Ottaviano (keyboards/vocals) and Lauren Johnson (keyboards/vocals) is set to perform at Los Globos in Silverlake on Oct. 8, DNA Lounge in San Francisco, CA on Oct. 9, That 80s Club in Pomona, CA on Oct. 10 and two nights at the New Wave Bar in Bellflower, CA on Oct. 11-12.

These shows mark their first West Coast performances since the group disbanded more than a decade ago.

Emerging from the NYC post punk underground in the mid-1980s, Book of Love were quickly signed to Sire Records by the legendary Seymour Stein on the strength of their ubiquitous club hit "Boy," produced by their friend and in-studio mentor Ivan Ivan.

The track, featuring Susan’s deadpan vocal buoyed by an infectious synth hook, told the tale of a girl who wanted to be ‘where the boys are’ but was not allowed and created the eclectic template for their unique sound.

“Boy” was the first in a string of dark and catchy tunes – “I Touch Roses”, “Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes)”, “Counting The Rosaries” and “You Make Me Feel So Good” – that were played non-stop on dance floors and on alternative radio throughout the country and would eventually comprise their first eponymous album, frequently acknowledged as a synthpop classic of the era. The Lullaby, Candy Carol and LoveBubble albums would follow throughout the '90s.

As time has passed since those early days of electronica, Book of Love’s influence and reputation, along with the popularity of electronic and dance music has only grown. 

Returning in 2013 both to the studio and to the stage, Susan, Ted and Lauren refuse to rest on their laurels and continue to forge their own creative path in the era of EDM and beyond.

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