Announcement/News

LAYNE at Smiling Moose in Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday, August 27th

LAYNE (sounds like: The 1975, Halsey, PVRIS) is a Los Angeles based indie pop-rock duo made up of lead-singer/guitarist Layne Putnam and drummer Alex Rosca, who are set to release their debut EP entitled The Black Hillsout August 26th. 
For a taste of their live performance, check out their recent session on Jam In The Van: http://www.jaminthevan.com/band/layne/
And check out her recent feature for Paste Magazine’s ‘Best Of What’s Next’: https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2016/07/layne-the-best-of-whats-next.html
The band has created quite a stir online through their viral hit singles “Good” and “Somebody”, already surpassing 1 million Spotify plays and landing them Top 15 spots on two key Spotify/Billboard charts (U.S. Spotify Viral 50 and Global Viral 50) and a crazy amount of Spotify playlists such as New Music Friday, New Talent (French), and What’s Next.
You can definitely hear their musical influences in their music itself, but the band finds their true inspiration through this world they created called ‘The In Between’.
This world, as they described to me, is this dark, foresty, dystopian-esque place in their minds where they go to write their music, and where the lonely can be lonely together. It’s how Layne and Alex initially bonded and it’s how Layne in the band was able to write her hits like “Good” and “Somebody“.
LAYNE is proud to announce that the band’s highly anticipated debut EP The Black Hills is set to release Friday, August 26th.  The five track EP features the band’s signature dystopian indie-pop sound that was previously portrayed in their viral hits “Somebody” and “Good”, which have received over 1 million Spotify streams.

“The Black Hills EP is a collection of songs written over the past year and an introduction to LAYNE,” says lead singer-songwriter, Layne Putnam. “It is a place where we can be alone together. Welcome to the in-between.” Within the EP, Putnam performed/recorded all the instruments on each track and also co-produced it alongside Los Angeles engineer/producer, Devon Corey.

Check out LAYNE’s hit single “Good”
In writing the EP, Putnam was inspired by her surrounding environment, from the busy streets of Los Angeles to the ominous Black Hills mountain range in her beloved hometown of Rapid City, South Dakota. The dynamic of these environments has shaped the sound in this EP to bridge the depth of her lyrics, with opposing themes of loneliness and community, peace and war, and love gained and lost.  Tracks like the catchy “Topical” and “Boys Do” showcase Putnam’s uncanny ability to write strong hooks and choruses, while tracks like “You” and “Phone” embody her gift for pop melodies that songwriters work their entire lives to achieve. Putnam also made an effort to subtly immortalize her home into her music, Putnam recorded the sound of her childhood lake into songs like “Twuh.”

In promotion of the upcoming release, LAYNE will be playing numerous cities around the US through the end of the year, making stops in New York, Chicago, Denver, and Kansas City at the end of the month, and further give fans an introduction into ‘the in-between’. More cities and dates to be announced.

Check out show dates below along with the EP track listings. The EP and upcoming show dates are available for review upon request. LAYNE will also be available for press in NYC on August 29th.

LAYNE is Layne Putnam and Alexander RoscaTheir EP The Black Hillswill be independently released August 26th.

The Black Hills EP – Track Listing
1. Topical
2. Twuh
3. Boys Do
4. You
5. Phone
You can also check out LAYNE’s song “I Got You” in the MTV show Punch Drunk Love(comes on at 29:12) http://www.mtv.com/full-episodes/kb9sc4/are-you-the-one-punch-drunk-love-season-4-ep-402
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