We’ve been really good, keeping busy this summer and looking forward to getting out on the road soon.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Smile”?
We love what Smile has become, its message from a glance is inherently simplistic, but finding moments of joy in this life can be a struggle with everything that’s going on these days. We feel like Smile is coming at the right time and will hopefully bring just a momentary shred of happiness to those that hear it.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
I would say the overall feeling of returning from tour (or any time away) and being back with the ones you love, don’t get me wrong, I love touring and traveling in general, we all do, but returning to the ones you love is joy in the purest form and you smile naturally and uncontrollably.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes, actually the video should see daylight sometime in August. It was filmed here in Spokane by some really talented and good friends of ours and it stars some of our really close friends as well.
How was the recording and writing process?
We tend to be hard on ourselves when it comes to the writing process, which is part of what makes us who we are and that’s actually part of the fun when you’re passionate about a thing like music. The work of it is exciting and worth the time and effort in creating it. As far as recording goes, it was great. We’ve worked with Casey before and he’s a phenomenal producer and friend. He’s excited about our music and everyone was really on the same page when it came to the idea of creating something great that we could all be proud of.
What was it like to work with Casey Bates and how did that relationship develop?
We’ve known Casey for awhile now. We worked with him a few years back on a project after being introduced by Portugal. The Man’s John Gourley. I used to live in the same town as John so when we were looking for a producer to work with, John suggested Casey. After we worked with him the first time, we fell in love with the guy. He makes really wise moves without sacrificing risk in innovation and he’s just a really sweet guy and knows how to push you when needed in right direction.
How much did he get to influence the album?
Most of the influence was intact, but I feel like he knew exactly what we were going for and allowed us to find that sweet spot in the sound. Casey’s really good at finding the keys to make your thoughts come out the way you want them to on record.
What role does Alaska play in your music?
I’ve always believed it really is more about the people. We love Alaska and it will always be our home, but the people we meet are more of an influence to us, in the sense that when I think of Alaska I think about the people I know and love from there. It’s a gorgeous place that can’t help but seep into the backgrounds of your subconscious and eventually into the sound you’re creating.
How has the new Spokane environment have influence you and this record?
Spokane is a melting pot of talented musicians that become our good friends. There’s a family atmosphere in the music scene here that’s really helped us feel at home right away. So again, for us most of the influence of the place is in the people inhabiting the place.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
It was always just a tune that didn’t need any real background to be received well. It was written awhile back and has just sort of grown up with the rest of us until this year we kind of felt like it was finally ready to be recorded. I write lyrics by the sound of the tune, so they just always fall in place in that way. I sometimes feel like a particular word is the only thing that will fit in a particular melody an this was originally written on an acoustic guitar, so it really just falls into place in a way.
I understand you had a hard time touring in Alaska – how has all these struggles have shape you all as artists?
They have a lot to do with how hard we work and how we play live shows. A few years ago in Alaska, if you wanted to get paid to play a show, it was going to be a 3 or 4 hour show and used to have a rule that we wouldn’t play anyone elses songs. I would suggest that all bands play some long nights in a dive bar or club and find out what they’re really made of before they try to take on the rest of the world. I know it it built our character if nothing else.
Any plans to hit the road?
We have some things in the works but nothing solid yet. We know there’s some tour talk and we’re working with some great people to make that come together, but we’re not sure quite what it will look like yet.
What else is happening next in LAVOY’s world?
We’ll be releasing more music very soon, we’ve been working on the EP and the videos and been waiting on a few things to fall in place logistically. We feel like we’re ready to get it out there into the universe and stake our claim on a chunk of the world that would be accepting of what we have to offer.