Sunday, 19 May 2013

We're Only Here For The Banter - Luca

Having spent much of 2012 rehearsing, gigging and honing their sound, 2013 has seen Luca kick on from that point with the release of a mini album, 'Sectioned' showcasing a fine tuned alternative/post-punk sound.  I grabbed the a quick chat with the Glasgow four piece.  Have a read below.

Hello, how are you?

We're very well, thank you.

It's the question everyone hates, but could you tell us a little bit about your music and your influences?

We make music that we would want to hear, taking little bits of inspiration from everywhere.  We're big fans of bands like Brand New, Interpol and The Twilight Sad, they're probably amongst the biggest indicators of our sound.  We try not to narrow ourselves to alt rock inspirations, everyone loves a meaty riff or a great synth line so we'll probably experiment with different sounds soon as well.

What's your song writing process like?

It's a nightmare a lot of the time!  Often one person will start with a small part, a chord progression or riff, and then we just go from there and add in parts until we're satisfied.  Unfortunately with us, that can take an awful long time.  Other times everything will come together extremely quickly.  We've had songs done in a week and then songs still sitting about unfinished months later, but we get there in the end.

What could we expect to see from a live show?

We try to create an atmosphere that matches our music, punctuated with flurries of activity.  We're not big talkers on stage, really.  We'd rather play an extra song than have 4 or 5 minutes of banter, let our music do the talking for us.

If it were all to end tomorrow, what would you say has been your greatest achievement?

Finally releasing our mini album after it being a year in the making was a great feeling.  To actually have a physical product out there (along with our 3 video story arc) that we can all be proud of and show off to people feels great.

What have you got planned for 2013?

Our mini album 'Sectioned' came out on May 1st and we played a few dates around that around the country.  Next up for us is supporting Chapel Club on June 4th in The Art School and then continuing work on new material.  We have other things lined up as well, but we've been sworn to secrecy so that's as much as I can say.

What other artists (Scottish or not) would you recommend to the Scottish Fiction readers?

We all love Childish Gambino, anything Donald Glover is involved in is just fantastic.  In terms of newer bands, Mono Six, Blindfolds and the Cairn String Quartet are all Scottish acts to look out for and New York's MS MR have really caught our ear too.

Thanks for speaking with us, would you care to share a joke with us?

Q: How do you turn a duck into a soul singer?
A: Put it in the microwave until it's Bill Withers

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