In ‘Summertime’ Venezuelan-born guitarist/songwriter Rui DeMagalhaes details a racist encounter he experienced while working as a server in a New Orleans restaurant. “There’s a line in that song that says, ‘How dare you hide your accent from me?’ because that’s what the guy actually said to me,” he explains.
Originally from Tennessee and Venezuela respectively, bandmates Mac Folger and Rui DeMagalhaes first met in New Orleans’ house show scene and formed Lawn a few years later with the addition of Mac’s roommate at the time, drummer Nick Corson. The band quickly recorded their first full-length, the raw and scrappy Blood on the Tracks, in 2018 with Ross Farbe of Video Age.
Released via Minneapolis-based Forged Artifacts (City Pages’ Best Record Label of 2019), the debut saw Lawn open for the likes of The Drums, Surf Curse, Omni, Hovvdy, Hoops, and more.
Rui added: “I grew up privileged, and I never thought racism would be my problem. My privilege meant nothing in that restaurant because I was brown and serving them, depending entirely on their tips. I was just another brown guy who needed their money.”