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INTERVIEW: The Black Lemons

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

We’ve been great! It’s great to be here.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “You’re Never Gonna Make Enough Money”?

Sure. It’s the title cut of our new EP. And we’re really happy with the interest it’s been generating. The groove is really slinky, and funky. People read the title and almost always smirk, and say something like, “It’s true!”, which is very gratifying to know see how they instantly relate to the topic.

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

My parents were never very good with money. They did a great job of keeping us kids fed, and sheltered, but it always seemed to be a real struggle. The song addresses my personal fear that there’s just not going to be enough.

In the end, it doesn’t have anything to do with what you have, or don’t have, if you let that fear of scarcity run you, then you’ll never feel like you have enough.

How was the film experience?

We really enjoyed making this video. Scot our drummer is a film maker, and I have worked with him shooting videos for some really great bands here in Nashville. When I thought about which song I wanted to do a video for, the idea for a video for ‘Money’ just jumped out at me. I ordered some lights and a backdrop and started shooting.

How was the recording and writing process?

I had just done a total revamping of my recording studio, (for the recording geeks out there, moving from PC to Mac, and from Sonar3 to Pro Tools), and I wanted something on the EP that had been recorded with the new setup.

I also wanted to write something which really leaned into the Bowie influence in ways that I hadn’t done so in the past. Something that purposefully referenced particular Bowie songs. I had to back away from earlier versions of the song because they were too derivative. When someone hears the song, and says anything other than, “I hear a lot of David Bowie.”, I count that as a victory. And yes, I’m pleased to say that has happened a number of times.

What role does David Bowie plays in your music?

All of us have been Bowie fans for years, big Bowie fans. We do a cover of Bowie’s, ‘John, I’m Only Dancing’ on the EP, which was intended to part of a compilation album, but it was never released.

Some of what I love about Bowie’s music is that it is creative, compelling, and interesting, and those are things that I try to keep in mind when I’m writing.

Does your previous musical background have influence your music?

We are all very familiar with the music of the ‘70s. There was a lot of diversity then. The top 40 on any given week would include disco, hard rock, soul, and just about everything else. We really love calling up all those different influences when we put a song together.

How’s your new album coming along?

At the moment, we’re focused on promoting the EP, “You’re Never Gonna Have Enough Money”, available on our website theblacklemons.com. 😉

But we’re always writing and listening to new music, pulling in whatever is going on out there, and seeing if it works for us.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Nothing concrete.

Does your first single sets the tone for this album?

Yes. There are a number of four on the floor tunes on the EP. The production is bigger than on our first album, and you really see that in ‘You’re Never Gonna Have Enough Money’.

Any plans to hit the road?

Not anytime soon, but that’s the future and you can never tell what the future holds.

We’re working really hard to boost our following, and raise our local profile. Nashville is a music industry town, and now more than ever there are a lot of opportunities for artists outside of country music. The higher our local profile, the better chance we have of drawing those opportunities to us.

What else is happening next in The Black Lemons’ world?

We‘re getting to work with people outside the band. There are so many great musicians in this town and it’s really exciting to get to play with some of them. For instance, tomorrow night, Cariad Harmon, a really fantastic folk singer and songwriter, is going to get up and sing some with us. We love to play, and when somebody of her caliber wants to join in, it really is a treat! Remember to visit us at: http://www.theblacklemons.com to see what we are up to!

This is a list of our upcoming shows:

Come see us play.

​It’s more fun when you’re there.

March 25th, 8:30
​with Arts Fishing Club
​and Kristoff Waltz
Mad Donnas’s Loft
1313 Woodland Street
Nashville, TN 37206

April 12th, 9:30
The Family Wash/Garage Coffee
626A Main Street
Nashville, TN 37206

May 7th, 9:45
Part of the International Pop Overthrow
The End
2219 Elliston Place
Nashville, TN 37203

May 28th, 8:30
Mad Donnas’s Loft
1313 Woodland Street
Nashville, TN 37206

May 30th
Part of 8 on 8th
​No Cover
Mercy Lounge
One Cannery Row

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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