1. Welcome to LivingTheVanLife! For those who may not know you, can you state your name and your role in the band?
Erica Lane, here. Lead singer and glitter boots enthusiast.
2. In three words, how would you describe your band?
Another long drive… that’s actually the title of our next single, but I think it sums us up pretty well. The road is always exciting, inspiring, long, lonely, exhausting, electric, fulfilling, difficult, it’s a lot, but most of the time it’s a lot of fun. I’m really lucky to be in band with a bunch good, normal dudes.
3. You recently released “Classic Cars,” can you talk a bit about what the single is about?
“Classic Cars” is pure nostalgia. Like the really good memories you just can’t quit, even if the way you remember them aren’t exactly what happened. That goes double for people. I know I’m not the only one who thinks people of the past were better than they actually were. In fact, I’ve probably made up entire personalities for folks I used to know.
4. “Classic Cars” is your third release off your upcoming, self-titled album, how does this track differ from the others that you have released?
It has more of an old school country ballad feel than most of our other songs, it should be playing really low in a divey little place back in my hometown in NC.
5. If you had to choose one song off the album to show to someone looking to listen to your band for the first time, which song would you pick?
“Live Where You Lay.” It’s a song that really hits our sweet spot and kind of gives you a summary of what we’re all about. Jangly guitar licks, piano leads, harmonies, and a bittersweet hook.
6. What was your favorite moment while writing/recording the album?
It might be “Classic Cars,” actually. It came together pretty seamlessly. We wrote it when almost every member was in a different city or state. Our drummer (Dan Burke) sent a sound clip of a beat he wanted to use in a song, then one of our guitarists (Rusty Williams) recorded an amazing lead part over it, and as soon as I heard it, the words practically wrote themselves (if the muse is reading; hit me up soon, please). The lyrics and imagery are some of my favorite on the album. I decided to write through the lens of celebrity, and glamourous excess, as a way to communicate the way we rose-color the past. The reality never lives up to the hype.
As for recording it… we give Rusty a lot of crap for how long he’ll take to get his guitar to sound just right, but damn, did he nail it.
7. Thank you for doing this interview! Before we go, is there anything that you would like to say to our readers?
Keep a look out for our album! It’ll be released on April 14th and if you’re in NYC you can catch us live, that night at Bowery Electric for the release party. If you’re a long distance listener, the album will also be available on iTunes and Spotify.