Lung Flower (Interview)
Today we speak to Lung Flower.
Let’s start with this: What’s the history of your band?
Tyler: Lung Flower has been around since 2009, founded by current member, guitarist, Marcus Salem. To this day he remains the only original member of the band, all other positions including lead guitar, singer, drummer, and bassist have changed over the years. Lung Flower’s début album “Under a Dying Sun” was released in 2012, and since then we’ve done an EP as well as another album, “Effigy” released in 2016, which included 7 songs
What’s your musical history? (Trained or Amateur)?
Tyler: My musical history is almost completely amateur except for a total of 10 lessons I took with a doctor who’s Ph.D. was in speech therapy. He helped me learn control over power and proper breathing and pronunciation techniques. I also found the lessons helped me listen for tune and tone more carefully.
So what can you tell us about your latest album? (Inspiration. Sound. Style.)
Tyler: “Effigy” is a culmination of our thoughts and opinions on what today’s society really looks like. We’re expressing how we feel the hard working underclass is oppressed, and forced into dangerous choices to deal with the depression and pain associated with their status. Walking the thin line between alleviation and addiction when it comes to the use of drugs and alcohol. This is how the sheep are kept at bay, by placating them with numbing agents and giving them a false illusion that their life isn’t that bad, that they have an even halfway decent future. Just listen to the lyrics and mood, you’ll get the idea.
How did you go about making it?
Tyler: We recorded Effigy in two main parts. The drums were recorded at Harbour-side Studios in North Vancouver and the other parts (vocals, guitar, bass, and such) were recorded in our producer/engineer Ken Burke’s home studio. Ken is a great guy to work with and knows a ton about recording having worked with bands like Moist, Annihilator, and even Raffi ha-ha so we knew that Effigy was in good hands. Anything you’ve learnt as you’ve gone along? Or have you simply tried a bit of everything to see how it works? Tyler: I’ve definitely learned a lot about myself as a singer. Marcus has been great in pushing me to reach bigger notes, to always be better, he never lets me slack ha-ha. Through practice I’ve learned more and more what I can be capable of, and I’m really excited to see how much better I can get!
What sort of technology and instruments do you work with?
Tyler: So far we’ve tried to keep everything pretty organic in terms of your standard rock and roll production, but in the future we’d like to incorporate a bit of synth, not the overused crap you hear in pre made pop these days, but just a bit here and there to add cool and creepy effects to the songs. The djembe is another instrument we’re looking to incorporate for our live performance. If you listen to the songs Bottom feeders and Stoned and Alone, you’ll hear a bit of djembe. The ending notes of the song Effigy… of Man incorporates an organ synth
Anything you’re keen to use on your next album?
Tyler: Probably more synth, but only very subtle notes.
Any future plans for your solo work, or do you have other projects on the horizon?
Tyler: Nothing serious, but I have been kicking around the idea of recording a couple songs I wrote awhile back which wouldn’t work for the sound of Lung Flower.
Any plans for upcoming live shows?
Tyler: Ha-ha, just to do what we always do, rock out as hard and as loud as we can. If your not dripping with sweat by the end of your set then you’re doing something wrong. We have a show coming up at Pats Pub here in Van on March 11th, a Punk vs. Metal night so we’re stoked to go kick some ass!
Let’s have a few general questions now. What do you see as a musicians role in society?
Tyler: Music has always and should always be an emotional outlet, accepting of everyone. It’s a musicians job to live up to that no matter where they live or what they play.
How’s the scene different in your country to what we’re familiar with?
Tyler: It can be pretty hard to get people to come out to shows in Vancouver with the incredible lack of support for live music in this city, but other than that we’re probably pretty much the same.
-Anything unique to your country?
Tyler: B.C is beautiful, as is most everywhere in Canada, but musically? Not really, we’re just like everywhere else. The proverbial starving musician knows no borders.
Where do you stand on music videos?
Tyler: Love em. Just another great way to get your music and your message out to the public. It’s so awesome seeing the sheer creativity people can come up with. We actually recently released our
very first stab at a music video for our song Beyond Burnt Out. Check it out!
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Tyler: Ugh… I suppose the biggest thing I’d like to change is to stop seeing musicians treated as cattle rather than people. I swear that over half the pop stars who dominate the airwaves these days were manufactured in some factory by the industry overlords ha-ha. I also wish the Internet wasn’t such an enormous factor as it is in today’s industry. Sure it’s really nice to have so many platforms to get your music out, and it certainly cuts costs on needing to make CD’s but I wish I could’ve been gigging around 25 or so years ago when bands could get discovered by playing their asses off and people actually gave a shit about the local talent.
Any advice for new bands?
Tyler: Keep practising, keep playing, (keep partying ha-ha) and tour, tour, TOUR! And above all never lose hope even though your friends, family, co-workers, pretty much anyone around you will tell you that your an idiot for still trying to keep the old dream alive.
Any last words for our readers?
Wouldn’t be a proper interview without a little shameless promotion. Our album Effigy is available worldwide through Spotify, Itunes, Amazon, Google Play, and most other major digital retailers. We also have bandcamp for those of you who like it old school, www.lung-flower.bandcamp.com And check out our Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/lungflower to see past live performances as well as the Beyond Burnt Out music video.
Thanks for reading!!