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INTERVIEW: Last Chance Riders

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi VENTS! We are so excited to be part of VENTS Magazine and all the awesome stuff you guys are doing! We have been busy with some regional touring in the south east and making so many new friends along the way. We recently rented an RV for some shows in Tennessee and Alabama, and now as we plan three different tours for 2019 we are looking at some more permanent means of transportation. We have settled on a school bus conversion or “skoolie”. Skoolies seem to be the best bang for the buck.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Downright Disgusted”?

Downright disgusted is a exploration of desperation and dissatisfaction. A lot of people may relate to being stuck in a sick cycle of being absolutely annoyed at ones self. We finished the final touches on the song in our Air BnB when we were at SXSW 2018 in Austin,TX. The first time we played it was on 6th street in Austin.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Our Guitarist, Dewitt Thompson wrote Downright Disgusted. He has story upon story, song upon song, his quote from a recent review , “Downright Disgusted is a vignette where misspent youth meets the ups and downs of addiction and sobriety with a sprinkle of rock n roll thrown in. Like falling asleep on ecstasy in Amsterdam then waking up in pleather pants and realizing your backpack is on Air France but you still have your guitar!”

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We released a video to the single, “Downright Disgusted” this past September when we joined forces with Elan Brooks from Sentry Studios in Atlanta GA. The story follows a drug deal gone bad with hints of paranoia and panic.

The single comes off your new album Jet Lag Super Drag – what’s the story behind the title?

The title comes from a line in our single, “Downright Disgusted”…. “Rehab Gone Bad, Jet Lag Super Drag.” Jessie identified this title for our album while flying back from SXSW 2018. Everybody loved it. It was perfect.

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording process was intense and so much fun. We had just brought on our drummer Shane Denmark and he learned all the songs in less than a month before heading to the studio. As far as the writing process, Dewitt Thompson has hundreds of songs in his “big black book”, we rehearse weekly and bring new songs regularly to the band.

How AC/DC and The Allman Brothers has influence your writing?

All members of the band have a deep passion for rock and roll which is organically met with our southern roots and upbringing. John loves the Allman Brothers live album “At Fillmore East”. He use to sit in his dorm room in college playing that CD over and over again and learning all the Dickey Betts and Duane Allman licks. ACDC is about as ‘rock n roll’ as it gets, simple 4/4 grooves with a rippin’ lead guitar and in your face vocals, that’s the magic recipe in most of our songs.

What aspect of hardship and endurance did you get to explore on this record?

We set a goal for ourselves to get this record done in 4 days with a drummer that was still in the process of working out parts. The session was amazing, fun and brought us all so much closer together. We were able to write parts and experiment even though we were on a time crunch, our endurance and excitement about finishing this album kept us going and we ended up with a raw, real sound that we are all so proud of.

 Any plans to hit the road?

Our tour for 2019 includes a route to Florida and Southern Georgia in January/Early February. In March we will be playing shows on the way to SXSW in Austin Texas and we are currently setting up dates for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August with plans to make a video “rockumentary” along the way called “Road to Sturgis”.

What else is happening next in Last Chance Riders’ world? 

We recently paired with BSquared Management to help book our band all across the country. We are writing new songs and planning our next album to be released in 2019. In addition to our sponsorship partner with Four Roses Bourbon, we are seeking out many new sponsors and connecting with local and national businesses to help spread the LCR revolution!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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