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The Links

Lafayette, Louisiana, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | SELF

Lafayette, Louisiana, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2013
Band Alternative Psychedelic

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"The Links – Calice"

The Links wield a ferocious series of riffs and rhythms on the noisy garage rock celebration of “Calice”. Completely unhinged they hold nothing back over the course of the track. Even the vocals seem perfectly attuned to the chaotic energy from the rest of the group. Urgency is the name of the game for they race on through with gleeful abandon. With the many layers interacting at a breakneck pace the way that the piece works itself into a frenzy over and over again feels delightful. Volume is an absolute must for they embrace the concept of pure physicality within the whole of the journey.
A whole slew of groups enters into the fray regarding influences. On the old school side of things they recall the frantic energy of MC5. Much like them, the Links know how to conjure up an arena-filling sound. Thee Oh Sees, the chaotic vanguard of the new wave of garage rockers. With their ability to seemingly tempt fate as the amps sound ready to give up the ghost, the Links too make sure that the interplay they display has that same whirlwind of activity. By allowing this to happen they ensure that multiple listens are a given for they throw a lot into the mix. And for all these touchstones for the Links they do manage to craft an identity that is distinctly their own.
Right from the very beginning “Calice” holds nothing back. Their speed that they accelerate the song at is a true accomplishment. Bright, brilliant blurs blast on through the whole of the mix. Distortion rears its ugly head many times as there is this veering in and out of control. In fact, even when they pull back from the brink there is this underlying tension to the rhythm that threatens to explode at any given moment. Cyclical in nature the way they reside heavily in the red zone for much of the song further adds to its appeal. A lot of the song feels perfect for driving down the highway for it has a driving rhythm even underneath all that chaos. Just to show they have a softer side too is the mellowed-out (almost negative photograph) of “Calice (Dream Lounge Mix)”. Quite an ambitious mix, it distinctly takes away from that careening attitude to deliver something unbelievably chilled-out, mellowed to its very core.
Done with such dignity, the Links have a wild wonderful level of commitment to their unwavering vision on “Calice”. - Be About It Press


"The Links’ New Psychedelic Swamp Rock Gem, “Made for Life”"

Born on the bayou, The Links are a Lafayette-based three piece Alt-Rock ensemble that finds inspiration from across a broad spectrum of Rock & Roll history. The group’s slow groove claws its way up from the swamps of southern Louisiana. From there it expands well beyond their Cajun roots.

Formed in the 2010s, The Links list their influences as, “psychedelic, surf, post-punk, & other such left-field forms of rock.” All of the above are on full display in the band’s newest single, “Made for Life.” Trippy guitar chords float over a rolling rhythm. The song’s low and mellow groove sporadically ignites into staccato snare drum and guitar machine gun blasts.

I got a little lost in the sound, in a really great way. The song simmers over a powerful beat, with danger around every corner. “Made for Life” rolls over a big rumbling sound with frequent explosive Acid Rock guitar licks. J Marola coaxes some beautiful noise from his Fender. By the end of the tune he rips a few psychedelic leads that sound like a stoned Tom Morello playing Jimi Hendrix riffs.

Marola’s vocal perfectly matches the cool creepiness of the tune. He keeps it mostly mellow, until it needs to be loud. All along, the rhythm team of Troy Mclanahan (bass) and Lynden Segura (drums) stir the funky bouillabaisse. This is the sound of a band comfortable in their own skin, but equally comfortable to shed it at a moment’s notice.

If you are like me, you’ll be hitting rewind a few times on “Made for Life.” Listen to the track on the Deep Indie Dive playlist. When you’re done follow their socials. Connect with the The Links and stay in the loop on all of their current and future projects. - The Static Dive


"The Links Take It Away"

The Links opt for a multifaceted hybrid style on the sun-drenched “Take It Away”. Done with the greatest of care, the Links mess around with listener expectations. A raw gritty style peacefully coexists with slightly askew electronic flourishes. Fidelity wise the Links opt for a live sound for the entire thing pulses with tremendous life. Over the course of the entire collection the Links draw from a wide variety of genres, ranging from EDM to funk to garage rock with everything else in between. With such a varied, multifaceted style their approach recalls the infinitely catchy work of Neon Indian’s later work, featuring a tremendous amount of instrumental variation and great swathes of color [...] The entire band proves to be in perfect sync with each other, at times recalling the highly immersive group play of Radiohead at times. [...] Everything about “Take It Away” has a summery spirit to it for the Links opt for a hopeful, celebratory sound one that absolutely stuns. - Entropy Mag


"The Links: Sucreland Shines With So Many Creative Ideas"

It’s difficult to pin-point their sound, which I think is often the trademark of really good bands, even though a lot of labels do sometimes come to mind. There’s a sort of electronic sensibility hidden somewhere, but it’s a lot more complex than that with powerful elements of guitar-driven rock dominating the soundscapes. - TunedLoud


"The Links' Summer's Out EP Review"

Indie garage rock with elements of punk, rock and psychedelic music. I love the bass and synth sounds and the rhodes on "Leave a Light On". Are you into the sound of "The Strokes" first album? The you will love this. - Marko Segura (Triptika)


Discography

Note: all releases still publically available for streaming/download are linked, most pre-2018 are direct Spotify or Bandcamp links while most after are multi-platform landing pages

2022:

Calice (Single)

2021:

Kimdracula (Single)

2020:

Made for Life EP

2019:


Into Caetano (Single)
In-Studio August 2019
Take It Away
EP
Live at The Pearl

2018:

But Then: The Links (album)
Catching Up With The Links (compilation)
In-Studio February 2018

2017:

In-Studio October 2017
Imperial EP
Cover Night at the Linky Lounge

2016:

In-Studio November 2016
Sucreland (album)
Rap Song EP

2015:

Summer's Out EP
60s Song (non-album single with b-side)
Shopping Cow Funk (album)

2013:

Demolition

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Bio

Formed in Lafayette, LA in the 2010s, The Links have been honing their combination of swirling psychedelic rock, funk, & post-punk sounds (among others) into a more singularly identifiable sound not often associated with the city they're from.  They have released several EPs, singles, as well as a couple of albums to date, and play regularly in Lafayette & the surrounding areas.  They are currently wrapping up production on new album OUTSIDE set for release in early 2023

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