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.