SITTING DOWN WITH LUCIA AND THE BEST BOYS: TALKING NEW SINGLE, LIFE IN LOCKDOWN AND THE POWER OF FASHION
Interview by Charlie Long
MAY 23rd 2020
Following on from the release of their much-loved EP ‘Eternity’ from the start of this year, Lucia & The Best Boys now return with a far more solemn new offering in the form of ‘Let Go’, which debuted yesterday.
While the band usually look to bring high power electronics and a thunderous alt-rock sound to everything they do, ‘Let Go’ sees the group deliver a far more atmospheric and warming direction. Experimenting with new sounds, with front woman Lucia Fairfull showcasing a more dulcet and delicate side to her voice, this newest swoon looks to add a more intimate addition to their ever-growing catalogue.
Speaking about their new release, the band said, "I have always enjoyed writing songs that are clear and to the point but I think ‘Let Go’ is the most honest and true I have ever been in a song. Last year I had a tough time trying to put my thoughts into comprehensible words because I was emotionally confused and sometimes lost. This led me to try things out, like writing on a piano which I never really do as I’ve always started writing songs on a guitar. Somehow this allowed these words to spill out of me whilst sitting at a piano, after a very long and frustrating time of finding what I wanted to say. The following week I was in LA and I showed what I had written to my friend Alex Greenwald of Phantom Planet. He loved the song and so I finished it with him out there at his house. We had no proper studio set up and originally this was meant to just be a demo, but at the time the song felt so present to me that we decided there was no way doing a re recorded version would have the same emotion. It was almost overwhelming as once we had finished it and I listened back to it, it was such a weight off my shoulders, and a slight sense of relief as I felt like ‘ah, this is what I’ve been wanting to say the whole time’."
Over the past 18 months the band have played hundreds of live dates, supporting the likes of Dream Wife, The Undertones and The Big Moon and industry showcase festivals including SXSW twice! Been name checked as “one to watch” by Wonderland Magazine, “one of the UK’s brightest young bands” - Drowned In Sound, featured in NME’s 100 for 2019, NYLON, The Line Of Best, DIY, DORK, CLASH and many more. Support for their previous singles and EP’s have has come by way of BBC Radio 1 - championed by Huw Stephens - “this is as good as indie gets”, Annie Mac, Jack Saunders, Phil Taggart and BBC Introducing, Radio X, Amazing Radio amongst others. And amassed over 3 million streams.
We had the opportunity to sit down with the group and talk all things from life in lockdown to the power of fashion.
How are you all dealing both mentally and creatively with lockdown?
I have ups and downs like I’m sure most people do. I’ve managed to adapt to it quicker than I thought I would and have been really creative the whole time, wither it be with music or photography, making things, basically just doing things that keep me sane and feeling good.
It's quite scary how quickly we all manage to adapt and things become the new norm isn't it? If I went on your Spotify ‘On Repeat’ playlist right now, who would I find that has been playing soundtrack for your time in quarantine?
Porches - Ricky Music
Harry Styles - Fine Line
Weyes Blood - titanic rising are probably my most listened to albums of quarantine, but I’ve definitely been more on the hunt for new music and discovered so much more than usual, one artist I’ve newly been obsessed with is Sevdaliza.
We have to talk about your new single ‘Let Go’, it is incredible, and I feel is a slightly new and more mellow sound for you guys? what was the main inspiration behind wanting to create this record?
It wasn’t such a feeling of ‘I want to create something more like this’, it’s just full of what were very present emotions at the time, so as much as it may not sound like our usual selves, It’s just honesty. Everyone changes constantly, their moods, their views, they experiences and what they listen to, so this is just what came out of me at a certain time.
I love that, it also gives you the opportunity to show fans the different sides of you. Looking at your creative process then, out of the entire music making process, what is your favourite part – the writing, the producing, the recording, the visuals etc?
I enjoy all of it, and I like to reflect back after we put something new out and think about the process as a whole, how something started so small in my head till I said it out loud, to it then being a whole song, to then bringing in other creatives and bringing it to life. Imagery is something I use a lot so usually by the time I have finished writing something I already have the visuals in my head.
I read in an interview with NME that you [Lucia] said that you ‘want as many people to hear your music as possible, especially younger girls’, would you say you use music and your platform to express feelings and experiences of others?
Definitely. I want everyone to find their own comfort in our music, or interpret it in which ever way they want to but there is always quite an obvious meaning I think, one in which I know a lot of younger people will click with.
Looking at other artists within the industry right now, are there any you particularly have your eye on that inspire your sound?
I think our sound is versatile and what I listen to changes a lot. I do have artists who I have loved forever and will always inspire me, a few being Madonna, Stevie Nicks and The Kills.
How did the group form and were you always aware you wanted to immerse yourself within the music industry, has it always been a passion?
We were all in Glasgow, all in different bands at first and we all just ended up doing this together. I wanted to be a dancer when I was younger but I broke my leg and it began very difficult for me to dance and then I fell into playing music instead. I always loved it and haven’t had my mind more set on anything since.
Looking at your other passion's, I feel fashion and aesthetics play a huge part in your image, what inspires you stylistically?
Chick flicks, western movies, Glasgow, my mum in the 80s, lots of things!
You have a very close relationship with fans, particularly on social media, how important is that relationship with them to you?
I think it’s cool when you see people’s reactions to your songs at shows, wither they are singing the words or dancing to them they probably feel like they have a connection with you through the lyrics of a song but I think it’s good to keep that Outwith the music too.
Finally, looking to the future and trying to stay optimistic right now, what is one piece of advice you’d like to give people on how to cope during lockdown?
Eat your greens, make sure your family and friends are okay, do things that you love (in your house) and listen to our new song.
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