L.A.B. was founded by the legendary Kora brothers Brad Kora (drums) and Stu Kora (guitar, keys) and quickly engaged the extraordinary talent of Joel Shadbolt (Batucada Sound Machine) on lead vocals & guitar and Ara Adams-Tamatea from the mighty Katchafire on bass.
The L.A.B. sound is one which has seen them quickly become a fan favourite on the New Zealand live circuit – trademark Kora grooves combining with Adams-Tamatea’s reggae/dub experience, and Shadbolt’s blues roots to create a sound entirely their own. Each member brings their own individual style to the table, and the result is an eclectic mix of reggae, electronic, blues, funk, and reggae, even heading into country at points.
Since their inception L.A.B. have already performed at Homegrown, Bay Dreams and One Love Festivals, supported UB40 in NZ and supported Katchafire on their 24-date Australasian tour in 2016.
Written across Tauranga and Whakatane, recorded in Wellington and tested on the road across Australasia, L.A.B.’s self-titled debut album, out November 24, features 12 tracks which brilliantly showcase the multiple sides to the L.A.B. sound – a unique blend of soulful-rock and electronic-funk, punctuated by exceptional melodies that stick with the listener for days.