Even though it's Tuesday night and the city is in the middle of an ice storm, The Lab Rats are playing to a packed crowd at Andyman's Tree House. Funkin' out to what they call "thrift shop Hip Hop for the masses."
There is definitely an Eminem-esque flavor to their newest release, The Short Order EP. Like any talented musician, a vocalist will absorb and spit back influences and Rapper/Songwriter Brian Brown's lyrics are both sharp and social. His delivery is clean and precise as he touches on everything from lousy jobs, to booze and politics (i.e. "getting drunk 29 days out of the month, livin' out of my trunk...comy bosses steady scorning..."). Brian, also an accomplished guitarist, plays on many of the tracks on the EP. Kelly Warner, better known as DJKW by Lab fans, lays down the beat and the sampler platter while scratching in Jazz, Hip Hop, Blues and Funk, occasionally thumping on the congas as well. And there you have it. Columbus' Lab Rats are just two dudes with the sound of many.
The Lab Rats are beginning to slowly scurry out of the city. When we spoke with manager Ryan Jones, he informed us that they've got a show Feb. 18th at The Patio in Indianapolis and hopefully more out-of-town-dates to come. Around here, they're favorites at places like the Tree House, Skully's and the Ravari Room.
For tour dates, MP3 samples, or to purchase The Short Order EP, log onto www.laboratoryrats.com. Respect.