Interview: Lanes Laire

Lanes Laire is a musician from Sedona, Arizona who recently released an album titled “Resurrection of Black.” In the interview below, Lanes discusses how the album came into life, among other topics.

What made you pick “Resurrection of Black” as a name of the album?

The album actually has its roots way back in the day while still in high school. Most of the songs were written back then and I played them in various bands in L.A. I went through a period of experimenting with other musical genres and these songs were shelved for several years. I finally came back to my roots and realized this was the heart of who I am musically. I decided to bring these songs back and finally record them they way I had always wanted to, hence “resurrecting” them. Resurrection Of Black was the perfect title as the songs have been brought back to life. “Black” refers to the dark subject matter.

How do you usually describe your music?

Moody classic rock with a progressive edge. It’s not straight ahead rock and it’s not hard core progressive. The music’s been labeled as Crossover Prog by some people in the progressive rock community. Some of the music is intricate as well as cinematic. However, being melodic is a key factor. Lyrically, I usually have something to say to make you think or a story to tell.

What is your writing process like?

I usually write music first before I write the lyrics. I may have an idea or topic, but the music gets hashed out first. Sometimes it’s a riff or chord progression that’s the catalyst. As the song develops, I spend time crafting and molding it. I like to experiment and create soundscapes that flow and take you on a musical journey. Once the song is done, I’ll let it sit for a while and then go back to it and tweak it if needed.

Who or what is your inspiration, if you have any?

Personal experiences and my view of the world are probably the biggest inspirations. Musically, I’m pretty eclectic. I have a few favorite artists like The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Rush, Gary Numan, Jean-Luc Ponty and even Mozart. Each had a certain facet that made an impression on me and definitely had an influence on my music.

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What is your favourite song on “Resurrection of Black”?

That is a tough question, but I would have to say it’s Justifiable Condemnation. Out of all the songs on the album, this one is the most personal. It deals with not being part of the “in” crowd and about cliques. This was prevalent when I was in school and I guess you can equate it to bullying nowadays. Musically, the song has a cinematic quality. The melancholic mood resonates throughout and really hits home with the mournful guitar solo at the end. I’m very pleased how the song came together.

What makes “Resurrection of Black” different?

I feel it’s the melding of classic rock with progressive rock that gives it a unique quality. Also, the use of sound effects propel the musical story forward. It’s not necessarily a concept album but it does have an underlying common thread.

What should music lovers expect from “Resurrection of Black”?

A musical ear-gasm. The best way to listen and enjoy the album is to sit back, crank it up or put on your best headphones and listen from beginning to end. The first song sets the tone for the album and the rest naturally flows. Expect to hear melodic songs with lyrics to make you think.

What kind of emotions would you like your audience to feel when they listen to your music?

There is a moodiness and at times melancholic vibe to the album. The topics may be a little dark since the songs deal with greed, political war, cliques and the state of the world we live in, but it’s really about awareness and what we can do to make our world a better place. Music is subjective, but I hope that when the last song ends, the audience will have been thoroughly entertained and will want to listen again and again.

Which do you like most, life in the studio or on tour?

I love playing live. The connection and energy from an audience is indescribable. I’m really looking forward to taking Resurrection Of Black on the road. Granted, crafting your music in the studio is a great experience. However, taking what you’ve done and sharing it live is where’s it’s at for me.

Pick your 3 favourite albums that you would take on a desert island with you.

Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
The Beatles – Abbey Road
Queen – Queen II

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