IndiePulse Interviews: LoveSick Radio
LoveSick Radio (LSR) brings a distinctive blend of unapologetic rock guitar coupled with pop melodies and a little hip-hop swagger, creating a fresh sound all their own.
LSR has performed at some of the most buzzed about festivals and events such as NHL All-Star Game with Fall Out Boy and O.A.R.; the Changjiang International Music Festival in China, the Vans Warped Tour, and has shared the stage with the likes of the All-American Rejects, Bon Jovi, Buckcherry, Wayland, Royal Bliss, Scott Weland of Stone Temple Pilots, Blue October, Kid Rock, ,Steel Panther , Three Days Grace, Hinder, Twenty One Pilots, Safety Suit, Paramore, Dead Sara and New Found Glory, to name a few. Additionally, between live shows and writing/recording, the band found time to bring their live energy stage show overseas for tours in Japan, South Korea & Singapore.
LoveSick Radio receives great airplay , landing in the top 50 Billboard pop chart with their single “Boys Don’t Matter.” LSR received multiple placements on several MTV shows (including a appearance on “My Super Sweet Sixteen”) and MTV2 featured the band as one of its “Bands on the Rise.”
Thanks to LoveSick Radio’s road work and live shows, the band boasts a strong, loyal fan base. The band recently began production on the their new record with guitarist David Harris co-producing with Joe Viers ( Twenty One Pilots, ) & producer Warren Huart (The Fray, Aerosmith) on new tracks.
IPM: What inspired you to write music like you do.
David (guitarist): With this record we wanted to pay our the respect to rock n’ roll & that made us start playing music! So we are pulling influences from all those classic bands that are in everyone’s DNA in one way or the other. Lyrically we write a lot about the human condition: love, hate , life , having a good time, heartbreak…to name a few.
IPM: Tell us about the other members of the band, and of your chemistry. Please enter all band members’ names, some of their traits and how you all work together.
Troy ( Singer): Band Chemistry has been pretty automatic in this band and I attribute a lot of that to our guitar player David Harris who was really the mastermind of this project. We have all played in the same music circles but never together as each member was playing in different bands doing slightly different styles. I feel like Dave took a look at the scene and put an “all-star” team together so to speak. I mean we didn’t get like “golden ticket” invites…we had to settle for phone calls and texts…ha ha, but regardless, each guy was handpicked to fulfill a particular vision Dave had of rock and roll. Once we got together, and i have to remind myself it is still a relatively new project because we have progressed pretty rapidly, but the chemistry fell in place quick because every one of these guys has been there, done that and learned what not to do. It really helps to work with “professionals”…as far as the dynamic, I think it only took one show to discover everybody had a “role”…Dave as I said is the “mastermind and the planner”, drummer Matt is the “worrier”, Glenn who plays bass is our “realist” who tends to lean a little glass half empty! Ha ha, guitar Matt is the “fashionably late” member who is great with networking and printing setlists, (minus his spelling), and somehow I have become the “Dad” of the band…what does that mean? Not sure, maybe it’s my tendency to pat the guys on the back and be so proud! Hahaha…or it’s my no nonsense attitude…you can decide.
IPM: What are or were some of the challenges for you in producing or performing while keeping true to your vision of your music.
David: We have all worked with different some producers or some managers that want to make you the flavor of the month to make that quick buck. & It’s easy to get sucked in to following trends if you let yourself. But by doing that you will always be late to the party. It’s better to trust you gut! If the music makes you feel something & start moving you’re doing the right thing!
IPM: Tell us about some of your recent shows / performances- anything that stands out, or is there anything that you feel makes for an exciting highlight.
Troy: I think because of our straight up rock and roll sound we can fit with so many different styles within that genre and when it comes to shows, that really lends itself to some pretty amazing experiences. We get to learn so much by seeing so many new flavors which allows us to bring in even more influences both on record and live…just the past 3 shows alone have all been so different. We recently played with an amazing band called “Dead Sara”, and the intensity and energy was so infectious, then we did a date with a very “blue collar” type rock band from Utah called “Royal Bliss” that just works their ass off (not sure if I can say that…feel free to edit) and has a blast both on and off stage just grinding it out which is also inspiring. Actually just recently we did a show with Corey Glover of “Living Color” fame and he and his band simply took us to school…the voice on that guy is just ridiculous…and has only gotten better in my opinion. His band also laid it down. If you can’t come away from those experiences as better musicians and just better humans, you may not have a soul.
IPM: Any Albums coming out soon or shows you are looking to promote?
David : What we are doing is putting out a new song every month online. Normally the 3rd Friday of the month. Once we put out 12 songs we will release the full length physical record with some surprises. We just want the people that dig the music to have something to look forward to from us every month. We have a string of date we are working on in the new year that will take us all over the globe. So make sure you follow us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook for all updates.
IPM: Any “strange tales” or things that may have happened during a show that seemed too weird to be true?
Troy: Strange tales from the road? Well I’m not sure if you have heard or not but our second home “Las Vegas” has a saying that “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”….lol, we have kind of adopted that motto for everywhere we play and especially when we play internationally. The funny thing is that most of the craziness and odd things don’t happen on stage, its more those late nights on off days that things can get a little…um strange? Ha ha…we have a lot of fun needless to say. As far as strange things at shows, i feel like I had an odd moment a little while back. We played a club in the states we had played several times and know the owner really well, and after the show he came up with this kind of strange look and was just like “wow”…I’m like what…he and some of the other staff who had also caught our show several times just kept going on about how great it was…and I was just like….um, you know you all have seen us before right? Ha ha…it really just goes to show we keep working hard to fine tune the band and always want to get better so to play places and then go back months later and get that reaction is a great feeling and indicator that we are moving in right direction. Sometimes being so caught up in it, it’s hard to tell progress, but when people who have Zero reason to lie to you or blow smoke make those comments it’s pretty amazing. Strange, but amazing at the same time…ha ha
IPM: Where do you see your music going, where would you like to be in the near future, goals, dreams and passions?
David: the goal is to take the music to new cities & countries! We are just getting started & have already hit a lot of places that we can’t wait to get back to. We are a hard working band that plays for the people! & As long as the people keep coming back we will be there! We love playing & making music! So to do the on a global level & find success so we can keep playing & writing music is the dream!
IPM: What would you like our readers to know about you, Why do you think that they would enjoy your music / performances
Troy: Man, I think the readers should know you what you see is really what you get with this band. Hopefully that is straight ahead unapologetic rock and roll with strong songs that you can’t pin point any sort of band we are an exact “copy” of , but we def sound familiar due to all the influences, from rock, punk, R&B and who knows maybe even hip hop…sometimes all in the same song! Lol…I also “think you should know”…(see what I did there) that we are a purpose driven band just looking for life giving experiences…our purpose is pretty simple, do what feels right…don’t chase a “trend” or “money”, simply ”what feels so good” ya know, (sorry I can’t help myself…it’s a real problem) ha ha…and now you have figured out why I am the “dad” of the band? Everyone knows it’s my super lame jokes that are so bad they are funny….(sometimes)
David: lame jokes are both of our specialties I think Troy! Or maybe mine are just bad. Ha
IPM: Where can our readers find your music?
& anywhere else you stream & download music
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