Kerr Okan, Jamie Keenan and Darren McCaughey – Scotland’s Hidden Gems
The LaFontaines are Scotland’s talented trio who deserve nothing but success. The rock-rap group comes straight out of Motherwell, a town in North Lanarkshire, Scotland. Uh … that may be why you’ve never heard of them, but I’m here to tell you they’re well worth the time!
The trio consists of frontman Kerr Okan on vocals, Jamie Keenan on drums and Darren McCaughey on guitar. Unlike most popular alt-rock bands, The LaFontaines set themselves apart from the tired genre. The boys are able to deliver catchy raps over rock rhytms to create a satisfying blend — something bands often fail to do. There’s something about Okan’s Scottish accent that gives more life to the bars …
They’re influenced by bands like Linkin Park and solo acts like Anderson Paak, who they once toured with. They sound a lot like LP, which explains why they ended up touring with none other than Mike Shinoda!
The band’s third studio album, ‘Junior’, was released in June 2019 and gave them much needed exposure. They were even able to land on the charts for the very first time! The LaFontaines were able to snag the #33 spot overall, and the #1 spot in Scotland! This came as a surprise to the boys, who never thought they’d even crack the Top 40 in their careers.
It’s easy to see why they’ve had such a positive reception. Almost every song is catchy enough to stay in your head for days! Standout tracks off Junior are All In, Alpha and Body. If that’s not enough, check out some of their older stuff. Some notable tracks off their previously released albums include Release the Hounds, Under the Storm and King.
Catch The LaFontaines Live!
The LaFontaines recently announced a handful of upcoming shows across the UK. Catch them performing in ‘Live from the Drive-In‘ from July through September 2020. Just cross your fingers the ‘rona doesn’t have her way.