We recently had the opportunity to sit down with a bunch of bands from the Stencil label to see how their 2018 has gone, with Lovesick Radio being our next interview opportunity. They seem to be releasing a steady stream of music, so check them out soon!
By Jane Howkins
How is 2018 treating you so far?
Troy (singer): 2018 has actually been a pretty amazing year. Honestly, it checked pretty much all the boxes any band can ask for – we played festivals both state side and internationally, played some great shows with old friends, made new friends, spent a lot of time in studio and released new music… so yeah, travel, friends and new music. Quite a fulfilling year.
Have you released any music so far this year? If so, what can you tell us about that?
David (Guitarist): With this record we wanted to pay our our respects to rock n’ roll & the music that made us start playing in the 1st place! We are releasing a series of singles every month or so that will in the end make up the full length. Musically we are pulling influences from all those classic bands that are in everyone’s DNA in one way or the other.
Are you working on any new music at the moment? What are you working on, and when will it be released?
Troy: We absolutely are working on new music, and with this band that pretty much never stops. As David states we’ve kind of gone in the direction a lot of bands have and started releasing singles every few months rather than stock pile for an album. Think it keeps things fresh and honestly allows the individual songs to get a little more attention.
Have you got any upcoming tours planned? If so, where are you playing and where are you looking forward to going most?
David: In between making the record we have done a series of shows & short tours. But next year we are looking to get back to Asia & Europe as well as the states. I love playing in japan & China but I’m really looking for getting back to Europe.
Who/what has influenced you the most as musicians?
Troy: Influences come from so many places for us…obviously the absolute greatest of all time like The Stones, Aerosmith, etc to current standouts like Rival Sons and The Struts, but honestly we also find ourselves getting inspired on the road just playing these sweaty rock clubs and watching regional and some national bands that just leave it all on the stage. Bands like Dorothy, Dead Sara, and some great up and coming bands like Wayland and Royal Bliss have been tremendous to us and all have inspired us in some way.
What have you been listening to recently that you can recommend to our readers?
David: I love the classics like The Sex Pistols, AC/DC, the Stones & Aerosmith. But bands to check out I would say like troy mentioned Rival Sons, Cadillac Three, The Lazys, Massive Wagons, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown to name a few.
Why do you think people should pick up one of your records or come and see you live, and what can people expect from one of your shows?
Troy: I think people should check us out live and even on record if they are just needing something different, but at the same time something that feels oddly familiar and you just cant put your finger on it – what you are gonna get live and in the studio is just an energy, and honesty. Guitar, bass, drums, vocals – it’s just rock and roll the way it began. Sometimes it’s ugly, and angry, sometimes its fun and beautiful, but no matter what, it always comes from a place of passion.
Any last words for the fans?
David: We can’t wait for you to hear the new music we are working on & we will see you soon! Thank you for all the support you have given us since we have started this journey.