Monday, December 17, 2018
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The Moshville Times

Band of the Day: Lovesick Radio

Time to hit you up with another band you should be checking out. This time all the way from the other side of the Atlantic, Lovesick Radio…

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

Matt B: The band calls both Columbus, Ohio and Las Vegas home.

How did you meet?

Troy: Haha, we actually asked ourselves that same question when we first started rehearsing as an actual “band” and the short answer is we have no clue…Honestly! The long answer is we have all run in similar circles for a while and we’ve all had the same goals so it kinda just happened… We got together and played some shows… Then we had the “merch talk” and I guess that was when it became official!

How long have you been playing as a band?

Matt S: In this current lineup, about a year an a half. We are all experienced players, who have played in numerous other projects over the years. Luckily we all found each other around the time that we had openings in our schedules, and we just clicked.

Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?

David: One of the members was going through a break up. And at the time every song he heard on the radio were songs about love or heartbreak. Then he said it sounds like the radio is LoveSick. We just kinda looked at each other and thought that might work for a name.

What are your influences?

Troy: I mean not to side step the question but we could all list probably a hundred bands and you could probably find that said list on the web somewhere in another interview, but probably the scheme of our influences… Even though stylistically they are different, is just “honesty” “passion” and “real”… Believe it or not, few bands possess all three qualities and I think if you looked up our influences you could say they all have those three things in common.

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

Glenn: I think it’s that the band is really a melting pot of styles. Everyone is into something different and each of us brings those influences into the songwriting process and into our individual parts and playing styles. We have elements of so many different genres and artists, which I think makes the songs more rounded than if we all just listened to the same things.

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

Troy: Lyrically you will definitely find brokenness, bitterness, and of course love finds its way as well. The deal with me is I have to have lived it or write about a situation where I know the person or people first hand. Again gotta be “real” for me… Not that there aren’t amazing songwriters in Nashville and around the world who can draw a topic out of a hat and write an amazing tune… But for me, even when asked to write music for scripted tv or film, it has to come from an honest place and the best place to get that in my opinion is personal experience.

What’s your live show like?

Matt B: During live shows we always do our best to give our fans the best show possible filled with energy and unpredictability. We really enjoy performing live, just vibing off of the energy given by the crowd and each other.

What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?

Glenn: We has just finished playing a big show over in China and we went out to go meet people in the crowd. A kid – probably in his early 20s – asked us for weed, right in front of the police! Obviously none of us had any and we told him that, so his response was: “Well f*ck you then!”.

Not sure what the marijuana laws are over there, but risking getting thrown in jail on the other side of the world wasn’t something that any of us wanted to do.

What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?

David:

Amps – Marshall silver anniversary / Fender Twin / Mesa & Marshall cabs

Guitars – In the studio I’ll use whatever sounds good for the song. But live because I play in so many different tunings I play the following:

  • 2 Gibson les paul standards one tuned to a G tuning the other Half step down
  • Fender telecaster tuned in a E tuning
  • GMP in standard
  • 1963 les Paul JR. with an sg body. Tuned to G
  • Gibson double next with both necks tuned to DADGAD
  • Gibson Firebird tuned to an E tuning
  • Taylor acoustic

Glenn:

  • Fender Jazz bass
  • Ampeg

Matt S:

  • Pearl Crystal Beat Drums
  • Meinl Byzance Cymbals
  • Vater Drumsticks
  • Tama Speed Cobra Pedals
  • Eccentric Quick Torque Pedal Cams

Matt B:

Amps – Marshall jcm 2000 dsl 50 watt head with voodoo mods

Guitars:

  • White Gibson Les Paul traditional pro 2
  • Ebony Gibson Les Paul Classic

What are your plans for 2018?

David: Between live dates every month, we are putting out a brand new song! We plan to continue touring in the states as well as dates overseas in Europe and Asia. You can check out the music on Spotify, iTunes and Apple Music.

If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you?

David: For me, headliner would be Aerosmith, and opening Rival Sons. Just so I could watch both bands every night would be amazing.

Header image by Cool World Photography

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About The Author

Ross

Described as a gig junkie, can be seen at anything from the Quireboys to Black Label Society and everything in between.

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