An interview with Lovers

AE: Emily, you were in a feminist hardcore band before this and it seems like a very different experience than this current project, which is more dreamy. Actually your music reminds me of the band Warpaint. Do you think your current musical evolution came from your bandmates or coming from age?

Yeah, I think it is just maturity. I played in a hardcore band for years but it wasn’t what I would turn on when I wanted to listen to music. It’s a really good release to get on stage and scream a bunch and, politically, that’s where I was when I was in that band. It wasn’t the type of music that I found — I definitely connect more to the music of Lovers but that was what I did when I was a young person, as more of a political outlet.

CB: This is Cubby. Can I interject one thing? When Emily and I first started hanging out her favorite band, and this might not be true, but I thought her favorite band was The Mice.

KF: Yeah, Emily I don’t know if you would identify with this but before this band, my projects have been punk or experimental metal genres. I feel like our music now is like a dormant condition or something. I feel like this music has been inside of me my whole musical life and I feel like it’s the right time to manifest. I feel like I have been through a bunch of different genres in my 20s but now that I get older, I feel like this is the music I want to hear and make.

EK: It’s also more complicated to make this kind of music. Hardcore bands are kind of simple. It’s raw — you need like drums and a guitar and your voice. But with this band, it’s a lot more calculated. It’s a lot more risk involved and a lot more painstaking. I think that comes with maturity.

AE: I totally understand. A lot of your songs seem melancholy. At some point do you ever decide to put on some Tom Jones to just dance around and shake it off a little?

I was a huge Tom Jones fan for a while! I had a cassette and I would listen to it over and over. I definitely listen to some happy music to shake it off, definitely.

AE: From listening to your music I would assume that you three are big readers. If that’s true, what have you three been reading lately?

That’s definitely not true of me. I try to read and I’ve brought many books on the tour but I have maybe read like a chapter. [Laughs]

AE: Maybe you have the wrong books?

Yeah, I’d like to make reading more a goal.

CB: I just read Eileen MylesInferno. I loved it.

KF: I read almost entirely science fiction and computer manuals. Well, not manuals but computer programming books.

AE: Do you have a lot of time to do anything with the computer books that you’re reading?

I’m an enthusiast in life so I always have time for linux.

AE: Wow, OK. Well, maybe you can teach me sometime. You’ve been touring a lot lately in support of Dark Light. Have there been any interesting experiences from the road you’d like to share?

We played a show in Houston on Sunday. I feel like a lot of the crowd — they were very supportive, but it just took them a while to warm up. Their scene — we were the only electro band on the bill and they were just thrilled to see us. All the other bands were punk bands. Afterward I would say we made a good impression on the audience.

KF: It was a very spiritual experience of energy and community in Houston. That night was one of those magical moments, a continued magical moment where you feel like you’re co-creating what you’re experiencing with all the energies in the room. I felt very engaged.

CB: That show was a great example of why I’m drawn to art. It’s important for outside energy to come to a space and for energies to intermingle. I think traveling art is really important so people can share ideas and update each other in what’s changing in their perceptions.

AE: Is there a particular song — a favorite song from the album? Or one that you love playing live?

I think that the song I really enjoy playing is “I’m Alive” and playing it in small towns. Because that song drips of finding your own path in a place that is unfriendly. I find that playing that song I feel like we’re all believing in something together and it’s really powerful.

AE: I like that.

We also played an open mic in Amarillo, Texas and it was a bunch of boys — actually all boys — reading their poetry and performing with acoustic guitars and they seemed skeptical of us at first but after the show they all wanted to talk to us and they all bought records.

AE: What’s up next for you all? Have you been creating new songs for the next album?

Yep, we’ve got like three songs that we are exchanging between the three of us. I feel great because there is a lot of new inspiration to be inspired by and a lot of new stimulation so I’m really excited to sit down, once we have time, and work on some new stuff but we have like three songs already.

EK: We have a European tour coming up in the fall.

CB: And another one in the spring, actually.

EK: Yeah there have been two companies in Europe contacting us to play in the fall and spring and we’re also playing Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival and I’m excited for that. And also in Seattle they have a Capitol Hill block party and we’ll be playing in that.

Obviously the ladies are busy bringing their music to the masses. I’ll actually be catching them in Chicago on Wednesday! Make sure you check out their album, Dark Light.



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