LEOGUN Talks EP
Wed, 23 Jan 2013 17:51:43
"I'm curious as to where all of the frontmen went in the rock world," ponders Tommy Smith of Leogun. "Where did Robert Plant, Freddie Mercury, and Elvis Presley go? You need someone with that confidence to say, 'Yeah motherfucker, this is what I believe in. There seems to be a lot of people who are shy of their art and their work. I'm certainly not one of those people."
He's certainly not, and that what makes LEOGUN so goddamn special. The UK three-piece is the purest and most powerful young rock band on the scene. Merging woozy blues, ass-kicking riffing, and pounding rhythms, it's as if Mount Olympus handed down the torch to this trio. The self-titled EP [iTunes link] brandishes the right amount of raw energy and reckless abandon to make LEOGUN legends, and it's the start of a new rock revolution. Once this gun blasts, everything's going to go up in flames…
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, LEOGUN vocalist and guitarist Tommy Smith talks the EP and so much more.
What ties the EP together for you?
These songs are really representative of what's to come on the album. That's difficult to do with four songs, but I think we've given it a good go. I'm addicted to melodies. I'm a sucker for hooks. The shorter three-minute songs represent that. At the same time, I love my guitar, playing with my band, and the musicianship that goes with that. It's prevalent in songs like "Everyday".
What's the story behind "Everyday"?
The lyrics are self-explanatory. You're not able to get something off of your mind to the point where it's torturing you. I've felt that, and I'm still feeling it. It's about someone or something you can't seem to get over or move on from. That eats at you. The term "Everyday" is appropriate. You wake up, and it's on your mind. You go to bed, and it's on your mind. It concerns the daily torture in the back of your head that we all have to some degree. I think it shows a really good insight into what you can expect live. It's that plus a ton of more fire and energy.
Where did "Let's Be Friends" come from?
That boils down to me being sick of the fact that there are no real fun, rocking tunes out there. There's nothing on the radio at the moment that's not ashamed to be a rock band. "Let's Be Friends" is representative of that balls-out "Here we are" mentality. It's shameless in its approach and ballsy. Of course, it's supposed to be really cheeky, fun, and outrageous really. There are a lot of bands today that take themselves so seriously. It's almost taboo to be singing about a girl and having fun with her. I wanted to bring that back.
What artists shaped you?
Pearl Jam has always been a constant. I'm curious to find out whether or not Eddie Vedder is actually my dad. Fingers crossed the DNA results come back [Laughs]. All joking aside, I completely idolize that band. I've studied them since I was three- or four-years-old. I get every piece of memorabilia I can. I'm just a dedicated fan. At the same time, all the way through my life, it's been Michael Jackson. The reason I wore that suit in the "Let's Be Friends" video is because of the front cover of Thriller. I was like, "Well what do I wear? Look at one of the best albums ever recorded. There's the picture. There's the suit. I can work with that".
Who's on your playlist at the moment?
I'm listening to Soundgarden's new album, King Animal, a lot. I've been indulging in that quite a bit. How fucking refreshing is it to hear a proper rock record? There are some great moments in it. I'm living and breathing that album at the moment, and it's teaching me to keep it heavy and loud. My favorite song is probably "Blood on the Valley Floor". That song could've been on Superunknown.
If the EP were a movie, what would you compare it to?
I say Pulp Fiction because there are four or five different stories going on there. Some of them are dark. There's some black comedy. Then, there are some really serious points where you're like, "Oh shit!" In one second of thinking about it, I'd say Pulp Fiction is quite representative. It's a shotgun approach to an EP.
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