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Interview: Lure In
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What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
To be fair personally I'm not too sure, my family where big into rock bands like The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Foo Fighters, Nirvana growing up so I guess it may have rubbed onto me, & if I wasn't doing music I'd most likely want to look into video game development, as that was one thing I was big into as a kid.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
For alot of us I'd say we play alot of video games, as well as watch TV & Movies and reading books for sure, movies especially has alot of influence on our art & how we view making music.
How long has your band been around?
We've been around since mid 2018, but we started to properly become a full 5 piece band in 2019, we started off as a two piece with myself (Cameron) & our bassist Jonny mainly creating music in a bedroom.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
We are based mainly in Manchester, but our Guitarist James is from Liverpool so mainly Manchester but a hint of Liverpool, in terms of influence I'd say the city hasn't heavily influenced our music alot but the community aspect of the area & the Manchester & Liverpool music scenes have been extremely welcoming towards us.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you.
So the band name came after me & Jonny finished the 1st EP, we where trying to figure out a name that 1. Fit with the vibe of the record we just made & 2. Was totally our own, & no other band had the same name, so as we wrote alot about cults on the first record we landed on Lure In & its stuck ever since.
Tell me about the best and worst shows you have played.
So I can nail it down to 2 shows that have been our best, the first was definitely in Liverpool for the first time, when we played with a band called MTXS, we had quite alot of friends turn up & it was in this small small venue that was packed before we even started our set, bare in mind too we where the opening band & it was a really sick set, definitely the best crowd we had, & the 2nd best show I believe would be when we played in Manchester with Coilguns, Yautja & Mairu, there wasn't many people their however the bands on the bill where on a complete next level of performing & I'd definitely go ahead to say Coilguns & Yautja have been the best bands we've played with for sure. We've never really had any really bad shows, I'd say at a push our worst one was in Liverpool with a band called Moralslip but that was only because on the day the tour package dropped out on the day of the show leaving the set to be just us & Moralslip, however when we got past the confusion of "is it on, is it off" it turned out to be a fun set, Moralslip are a very good band so I'd like to think it ended up fine.
Tell me about your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you haven't already?
I think I speak for all of us where we'd say the best venue we've played was the Jacaranda in Liverpool, it's an extremely small venue & if you pack it you get a really cool atmosphere in there, & in terms of places we haven't already played I'd just say anywhere outside the North West, but we'd love to go to Scotland sometime.
If you could play any show with any lineup who would be on the ticket?
If we're talking dream line ups I'd definitely say Daughters as we're heavily inspired by them, The Armed, Pupil Slicer & 156/Silence, the last 3 mainly because they're bands I'm loving at the moment but haven't seen them live yet.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band?
As we're a very DIY band, I'd definitely say come into the music game knowing you're going to have to do a lot of it yourself, get your own shows sorted, get your own music recorded, and distribute it yourself, if you come into music with that mentality you'll see the results eventually. As well as just constantly learning things, whether that be an instrument, vocals, production, mixing, video anything that could be of use to get you moving.
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
I'd say don't be so hard on yourself & don't try to compare yourself to any other person or band, as that only really puts you in a negative mood & it doesn't do anything for you creatively.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
Definitely Atonement, it was the first song from Subdued which was completed & from there everything just clicked to a point where we knew after a years of work on the record that this version was going to be the one.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
The main 2 I'd say would be our songs Rapture which is definitely the most upbeat danceable song as it always gets a reaction when we play it, aswell as our song Son mainly because it's normally the heaviest song on our set so always a crowd pleaser.
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
Currently the creative process given the Lockdowns has been to send audio files to each other & see what comes of it, some things come off some things don't, but we're in a fortunate position where everyone in the band is available to write things & send them over at a home studio level quality.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
There isn't an in particular message with the lyricism as it's more narrative driven towards a story but like I mentioned before, DIY ethic, a lot of the music we make is self recorded, mixed, mastered, so I'd say the message we'd want to get across is if we can make music in our bedrooms that people enjoy & seek out then you can to.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
We have creative disagreements every now then & that's about it, nothing really to big, I'm pretty sure every band has one or two creative disagreements but it's always down to compromising & seeing what you can do as an alternative.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that's coming up?
So we've got a short film & a split record with our friends in worm hero coming out on the 23rd April, & after that we're going to be announcing some shows so definitely kicking off 2021 where we left 2020.