Very recently, I completed my third incarnation of a review series based around underground indie rock music. Lucky Number You were one of the bands I checked out – in particular, their song, Clown World Rises. I had a chat with Dan from the band to find out a little more…
By Jane Howkins
You recently released a track titled Clown World Rises, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the song? What does the title refer to?
It was a term that I was throwing around with some friends as we just noticed things seemed to be getting weirder and weirder over time. The world seemed sillier, politics seemed more ludicrous, everything seemed to be a bit… almost like a parody of itself. When you get caught up living in a post-truth world everything is stressful and anxiety-inducing, but if you are able to take a step back, then you suddenly get some distance and you can think “wait, this is all ridiculous, we have to laugh at this otherwise we are going to die”.
Has the pandemic hindered your work much?
For us, not really – the pandemic let us write and finish our debut album, albeit slowly. We are incredibly fortunate to be able to say that, and we are aware of how privileged we are not to have had our livelihoods affected by the various lockdowns and restrictions. The pandemic did mean that we were doing everything remotely, detached from each other, so as soon as we were able to play together again we essentially had to learn how to play the songs from scratch. It feels a bit backwards for a new band.
What is the writing and recording process like for you?
It is changing now, but our debut album was put together all via emailing sessions and files bouncing across to each other. We had the bones of about 4 songs when lockdown hit, after that it would be me re-programming drumbeats that Marcus had played previously and then the three of us would be emailing ideas back and forth until we thought a song was finished. As we start to write new stuff, we basically get in our practice space, find an idea we like, thrash it out until we have a vague understanding of what we should be playing on it, then I take the ideas home to write lyrics and melodies to. We will re-work everything a billion times until everyone is happy.
Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?
We release our debut album, Aftercare, at the end of April, and with it a music video for a song called Important To A Lonely World. The video is really fun, it’s super weird and glitchy.
Have you started writing for an EP or an album?
One album is finished, I have no idea whether we are going to release the next bunch of things as an album, an EP or as singles, we haven’t got that far yet.
What/who influences you most as artists? What have you been listening to recently?
Over the past few weeks I have been revisiting older artists like Duran Duran, Grace Jones, and INXS, and I think they will be important for our writing going forward. I like having those 1980s touchstones, it was an interesting time for music. Apart from that, I’ve been listening to new stuff by Wet Leg, Yard Act, Charli XCX, Interpol, Really Good Time, and Foals. Pretty obvious mainstream acts, I think my younger punk self would be disappointed…
Where are you based? What is the music scene like in your part of the world?
We’re based in and around Birmingham. To be honest, we have definitely been away from the scene a little bit and now we are trying to re-ingratiate ourselves with all the other artists around the Midlands. It’s exciting, the scene seems very positive, diverse and interesting. There are more venues, more genres and more artists than there were ideas, it feels like we are on the fringes of a really exciting movement.
Do you have any tour dates lined up?
We have a few shows in the pipeline but nothing we could consider a tour. Booking shows has been the hardest part of returning to the music scene, we are a brand new band and everyone else has been champing at the bit for two years so we are kind of further down the pecking order for promoters, we’re a bit of an unknown quantity.
What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?
I’ve rewatched some of the footage from our last gig and I’m really surprised at how good we are. We’re really tight and a bit heavier than we sound on record – all the nuance and detail from our recordings is still there, but Marcus and Drew really come into their own in a live environment and make the whole thing way more explosive and wild.
Any last words for the fans?
Just unending gratefulness. You have all the time in the world and you choose to spend some of it listening to us, that’s incredible.