LUCKYandLOVE released their new studio album titled “Transitions”. Grande Rock grabbed the chance and had a chat with the duo (April Love and Loren Luck), about the new album and their upcoming live shows, among other things. Read more below…
Hi April and Loren, I’m glad to have you on Grande Rock. How do you feel now that your new album “Transitions” is out?
A: I would like for people to hear all 10 tracks if they haven’t already, tracks like “Animal”, “Telekinesis”, “Bottomline”, “Medicine Woman” and “Dancing Alone”, again all could have been singles. It was hard to choose.
You recorded and produced the album while the mixing and mastering was done by the Grammy Award Winner Be Hussey at Comp-ny Studio in Burbank, CA. How did the cooperation with Be Hussey come about? Are you totally satisfied with the album’s final outcome?
L: We worked with him on our last record. We are always satisfied with his work.
You stated that the new release is a “very transformational record”. What do you mean by that?
A: The album title “Transitions” and the songs are transitioning from fear to love in a way. Fears could range from fear of the dark, for example in our song “Rosary”. “Dancing Alone Again” addressing people’s fear of dancing alone. “Animal (Wanna See You)” addresses the fear (and excitement) of meeting wild animals. In “Dangerous Runaway” and “Bottomline” we explore and dispel the fear of not being in control of our lives. “Medicine Woman” and “Telekinesis” address similar spooky topics and how they can be soothed by romance.
What are the differences and the similarities among the new album and your debut?
L: Similarities is um... we play the similar instruments, and the process is the same. Differences are this record is a little darker sounding.
What has changed in your songwriting formula or the way you approached the songs this time?
A: Nothing really…
Do give us a hint about each track…
A: Ha ha…OK I’ll give you a genre description for each track.
“Soul Alive”: Indietronica Darkwave
“Animal (Wanna See You)”: Electroclash
“Dangerous Runaway”: Electro Dance
“Bottomline”: Inspirational Technowave
“Dancing Alone Again”: Electro Dance
“Summertime Frolic”: Feel good Dynthwave
“It’s a Mistake”: Raw indie
“Telekinesis”: Italio disco-pop
“Medicine Woman”: Goth Darkwave
Rosary”: Ambient Goth
Do you plan to release any music video at some point and if yes for which track?
A: We would like to release a music video although the tour in the UK has been a new adventure for us and we’ve just been too busy to produce one! If and when we get a music video completed we’ll certainly keep you posted!
You have some shows in the US and in the UK as well. How do you feel about your first UK experience?
L: Excited!!
Is the UK a country that you always wanted to visit due to the bands that have created and defined the synthpop, post-punk and electronic sound in general?
L: Yes! A lot of our influences come from the UK classics to current times.
Time for our “weird questions”!!! What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words:
L: Electronic: New Order…
Sci-fi: Yamaha CS-80…
Post-punk: Cocteau Twins…
Best TV series you’ve watched lately?
L: The original BBC series Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Which are the best 3 Synthpop albums according to you?
L: Peter Murphy – “Cascade”, Erasure – “Innocence”, Ladytron – “Witching Hour”… these are my desert island discs.
Fill in the phrase… “Synthpop wouldn’t have evolved the way it did, if it hadn’t been for…”
L: Affordable and accessibility of synthesizers like Korg and Roland in the late 70s early 80s.
Who is the sexiest female Rock Star of all time?
A: PJ Harvey…
If you had the chance to travel in time… where would you choose to go? To the past or the future and why?
A: I’d go to the UK in 1979 since the most fascinating BBC music documentaries seem to go there.
Thank you both for talking to Grande Rock. Say anything you feel like saying before we close. Take care!
A & L: Thank you so much for interviewing us and we look forward to meeting you in London at Electrowerkz on June 22nd!