Interview: Linus Young
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 07:13:48
Linus Young sound like some sort of 21st century Fleetwood Mac. Their new album Category 5 is that good. It blends a dash of bright southern California sun with a combination of guitars and electronics, genuinely yielding something unique and undeniable in the process. Few bands have been able to redefine "alternative" in this fashion, and Linus Young break the mold, coming on like a storm of their own. Get ready to meet your new favorite band...
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Joe and Iris of Linus Young talk Category 5 and so much more.
Iris: "We’re in L.A. It’s finally a little bit of fall weather."
Did you approach Category 5 with one vision or vibe in mind?
Joe: It started just by writing some tunes. As we began writing, it started taking shape in terms of the direction we felt it needed to go. Then, it all meshed together like a big old nice album.
Iris: With the melodies we have and the idea of what we wanted to call the album, it ties all together—especially with the interludes. The songs were there already. Once we started coming up with the album concepts of how we wanted to assemble the pieces, it came together quickly. It’s pretty cool that it connected almost like a Pink Floyd album. It just flows.
What’s the story behind “Miracle”?
Joe: “Miracle” is actually the first song that Iris and I recorded together. That’s the song that brought us together. I wrote that one a little bit ago. It’s a deep song about being with someone and getting fucked over. It’s a really emotional song.
Iris: Our producer Malay brought us together with this song. He put his magic on it. That’s the way it is right now with Joe.
Where did “Fun in the Sun” come from?
Joe: That’s a fun-in-the-sun song [Laughs]. It has some different meanings to it. For me, that song was really about being messed up and doing a lot of different things that I don’t necessarily know if I want to do them. Because I enjoy it so much, all I need is some fun in the sun.
What other artists do you bond over?
Iris: We both like Coldplay and a lot of classic rock like Led Zeppelin. I love John Mayer. We have a wide spectrum.
Joe: It’s wide! She might listen to some music I typically don’t listen to that much. I like old Lenny Kravitz. There’s Zeppelin. I grew up listening to Jimi Hendrix a lot. Sometimes, I listen to music, and it doesn’t have anything to do with how I write my stuff, but maybe it does. I don’t have it all figured out yet.
Is storytelling an important part of songwriting for you?
Joe: Telling stories is a key part of it. For me, it’s what I’m writing about and getting into that emotion or that topic. I go back to that place where something might have happened and taking a story from a friend’s life or something like that, putting some music around it and making these crazy things we call song.
Joe: That’s a good one! Armageddon. I’m still thinking of all the movies I like.
Iris: How about 10 Things I Hate About You? There’s lots of emotion, love, and hate.
Joe: Or Crossroads [Laughs].
Iris: They’re real cult classics.
Joe: We really like to party [Laughs].
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