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INTERVIEW: Light Beam Rider

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

Pretty good, man. We’re just trying to gear up for our album release tour that starts at the end of this month.

Can you talk to us more about your single “Never Forget You”?

Yeah! It’s probably my favorite off of the record, even though it covers such dark subject matter. Each verse is written in regards to two different friends that I lost in a period of about two months. They were both far more religious than I and they died very tragic deaths that kinda shook me up. In the song, I express how I truly hope the religion they followed and their ideas of the “after-life” were true.

How was the film experience?

The video we shot was for our first single “A Place To Sleep Among The Creeps.” It was our first time being around a professional film crew so the whole thing was surreal. The make-up artists were killer and the location we shot was supposedly haunted and had a creepy old suicide note from the owner nailed to the wall. We filmed for 16 hours straight so it was completely exhausting but once we saw the finished product, we were stoked.

The single comes off your new album A Place To Sleep Among The Creeps – what’s the story behind the title?

Growing up, I was raised with this idea of ‘how’ and ‘who’ I was supposed to be. When I didn’t turn out that way, it caused me a great deal of stress. But in my mid-twenties, I found solace in the fact that its ok to drink a little too much from time to time with your friends, and it’s ok if you don’t make that much money and to be passionate about a childhood dream. As long as you’re doing what you love, things will probably work out. “A Place to Sleep Among The Creeps” just encourages you to find your place in the world even if it is a little rougher than you imagined.

How was the recording and writing process?

We wrote a good bit of it out at my cabin in Pickwick. Some of the ideas came from long nights and the social scene of Oxford, MS, while others were just stories of other people, inspired by authors such as William Faulkner.

What was it like to work with Winn McElroy and how did that relationship develop?

We found out about Winn because he recorded our buddies The Weeks’ album and we thought it sounded stellar. He’s a pretty cool dude to work with. We did both of our albums with him out in the woods of Water Valley, MS.

How much did he get to influence the album?

The first one he did a ton, but this second one not so much. We kinda just built upon the sounds and tones we developed on the first album. He definitely knows how to make us sound huge and that’s why we dug his sound.

How has Nashville have influence your sound?

It has made us get our live show wayyyyyyy tighter. Everyone here (in Nashville) is so good, and most of the crowds will have many musicians who play 100+ shows a year in them, so you’ve got to step your game up to get noticed. You can’t just be good here. You have to do something great to make waves.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Most of the lyrics came from the crazy time I was having while living in Oxford, MS. It’s an interesting town with a lot of cool characters.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, we have a huge tour starting in March. Speaking in terms of the coming years, we’ll probably be on the road forever.

What else is happening next in Light Beam Rider’s world?

We have a new EP already recorded that we hope to start releasing towards the end of the year, but until then we are just going to tour our asses off. We have been getting a lot of good press recently from our new release, so we are hoping that with that publicity, mixed with nonstop touring, we will be able to get our name out there better and we will continue to grow.

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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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