INTERVIEW: Lucky Jukebox Brigade

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

Thanks so much for having us! We just saw the new Star Wars movie, so we’ve been great. How have you been?

Can you tell us more about the story behind your track ¨Little Fangs¨?

Deanna: “Little Fangs” is about feeling like something is missing and desperately trying to find it or get it back. I think that’s a feeling I’ve always carried around in a sense. It’s the last song we wrote before we went into the studio, and I wrote it pretty obsessively only a week or two before we recorded it. I felt like I had to get it out, had to get it on this EP and couldn’t rest until that happened.

Did any event in particular inspire the song?

Deanna: I don’t want to make it specific to a single experience, because I think the feeling that there’s something missing is a feeling everyone can relate to in different ways. Like if you lose someone you love, there’s always going to be a part of you that feels hollow, and you’re never going to be the same. Or if you lose a dream or a place or a connection, it can feel like a part of you disappeared. In “Little Fangs,” I’m trying to say that everything you hold dear is always there deep down.

The single comes off your new EP Savage Fantastic – what´s the story behind the title?

Geppi: Savage Fantastic is a place. Sort of like a party that Gatsby would throw, but there’s something unsettling about it once you get there. Think David Mitchell’s Slade House meets Burning Man.

How was the recording and writing process?

Deanna: This is our first effort as a 5 piece and our chemistry has been spot on. Everyone’s perspective and personality came together really well. On my end, I wrote songs that I liked and wanted to hear, and I didn’t worry about much else. I felt like we had a blank slate as a band and could try anything. With one of the songs, I said “hey try playing something you’d want to hear if you were in a field tripping on acid right now” and one of the coolest moments on the record came out of that.

Geppi: This was the most fun I’ve had writing and recording. On the writing side, we’ve never worked this quickly before. In the past we’ve drawn a lot of lines in the sand that we felt at the time were necessary due to our ‘big band’ song arrangements. This time around we took away all of that and just tried everything live and in recorded demos. By the time we got to the studio we had about 9 songs finished in only a few months of writing.

What was it like to work with Mike Watts and how did that relationship develop?

Deanna: Amazing. I can’t speak highly enough about Mike Watts as a producer and a musician. We found him as fans of The Dear Hunter. Their records (and all of Mike’s records) capture so much passion, and we just thought fuck yes, that’s the guy we want to work with. We went to him for mixing and mastering on our last record and had our hearts set on coming back to record new material as soon as we had it.

Geppi: I’ve never had a better recording experience in my life. Between his instincts, his knowledge, his gear, and his insanely talented engineers, we knew we would end up with the absolute best out of the songs we had written.

How much did he get to influence this record?

Deanna: He is all about serving the songs, keeping the integrity of each song and representing it in the best way possible, and that’s exactly what he did for this record. His expertise and intuition are mindblowing. It felt like he was in our heads but like 10 steps ahead of us. He just knew exactly what to do…which vocal take to use, what guitar tone to create, what harmony to layer. And he’s brutally honest. I only trust people who are brutally honest.

Geppi: To me, it felt like he was the sixth member of the band. It was extremely collaborative in a new but strangely familiar way. We were as receptive to his ideas and letting him take the wheel as he was to hearing out ours. Sometimes I’d ask to try a part and say “I think this is going to be absolute garbage but can we try it?” and his answer was never “no.” But if something wasn’t working or needed to change, he’d bring us down to earth and do what was best for the song.

Any plans to hit the road?

Deanna: Yes! We are booking like crazy and will be announcing some tour dates in the near future.

What else is happening next in Lucky Jukebox Brigade´s world?

Deanna: Savage Fantastic will be out 2/26! We just finalized details for a new music video, so we’re really excited about that, and we’re already writing the next batch of songs. Expect more shows, more cat art, more awkward photo shoots, and the next single soon!

Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us!


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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