For Layne (“LP”) Putnam, music has always been an autobiographical journey, one influenced as much by her personal experiences as outside forces. From the growing pains of her days as a budding musician deep in search of her truest identity and message to her blossomed sound of today, LAYNE represents the evolved stage of the modern-day artist.
Putnam made a name for herself as an undiscovered talent tapped from the far off lands in her hometown in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Those formative years in the isolated mountain range set the building blocks for the beginning of the LAYNE style, which was heavily influenced by the geographic imprint of her rural upbringing. From the get-go, Putnam has absorbed inspiration from her immediate surroundings and grew up with a penchant for arts, culture, and architecture foreign to many youth her age. Her introduction to music was partly driven by her musician father, Kenny Putnam, who spent years touring with country icon Roy Clark. It makes sense, then, that for her music became a daily institution. It seemed Putnam was destined for the life of a musician.
“Music has always been the constant in my life,” says Layne Putnam. “It’s always been there for me, and it always will be. It’s always been my purpose and reason and the one thing that no one could ever take away from me. Growing up until now, it’s been my power, my identity, and my best friend.”
As with any genuine artist, age begets change, and for Putnam that meant a life transforming, cross-country relocation to her new and current home in Los Angeles. There, through a casual encounter in a coffee shop, Putnam would meet drummer Alexander Rosca, a transplant session player from Portland, OR. They would bond over similar tastes in music, style, and similarities in the places they once called home.
It’s in the City of Angels where these messengers of music found and perfected their crafty and heartfelt take of indie pop powered by moody, emotion-laden rock.
Whereas her South Dakota roots were her sonic foundation, Los Angeles is Putnam’s most captivating muse. For a spin, take a cue from “Good,” which reflects the spirit of a persevering artist breaking her way into the world one song at a time. It’s a life path also encapsulated in their breakthrough single, “Somebody,” which captures the everyday struggles of the starving musician in both audio and visual format via the official music video.
Now, with her unfeigned voice in tow and teamed with producer Devon Corey and drummer Alexander Rosca driving her most critical sound, plus paired with a new home providing a daily inspirational backdrop, LAYNE sets forth with their latest single, “Good”, out April 8th via Taste & Tone.
“’Good’ is a small introduction to some of the music I’ve been writing over the past year while living in Los Angeles,” says Putnam. “We’re all looking to be understood, and this song, along with our EP (expected May), is where we can feel alone together. We call that place the ‘In-Between.’”
THE BLACK HILLS EP represents the latest and most entrancing chapter in the book of LAYNE. Time will only tell how far this burgeoning band will travel in search of the perfect song. What’s left is the soundtrack to a life on the road with never an end in sight.