For people like me who grew up with the alternative/grunge/hardcore and Emo scenes, when we discover a new great band is always like unwrapping a Xmas’ gift. We’re a bit pretentious because we want something innovative but at the same time, we wanna hear the good ol’ raw passion, the banging drumbeats, the heavy riffs. Well, today I can proudly say that we found out a shining gem with all the qualities we were looking for. All the way from Newcastle Upon Tyne, they are LULL and they just released a fantastic single called “THE GREAT STRAIN”.
The quartet, who’s currently working with IN HEART STUDIO who have brought forth bands such as GroundCulture, Gold Bloom and more, has a clear idea for where they wanna go with their wall of sound and I can easily say that I’m sure they’ll conquer the scene in the near future.
Already working on a steady stream of singles that will be wrapped up into ‘’Thoughts Of Thoughts’’ LP later this year, we wanted to know more about this emerging band with the talent at creating driven melancholy hits.
YMX: Hey LULL, how is it going? some of our readers might not be familiar with your project, how would describe yourself, in a few words?
LULL: Hey Andy & Jordan here, it’s going good! We hope everyone is doing well during this time with covid – 19… We are LULL an Alt, post-hardcore, grunge influenced band from Newcastle upon Tyne. It’s been said we have an emotionally but heavy driven sound.
YMX: Your current work is the result of a long journey; What first drew you to making music?
LULL: Andy: For Me, I guess growing up in a musical family I’ve always had musicians and a likeminded community around me growing up as a kid, as far as I can remember ever since I could play I’ve always wanted to do my own thing and when I started singing that really sealed the deal, I think. As I said growing up my friends started their own bands and I wanted to be apart of that too.
Jordan: from as young as six, I remember I was always trying to find an escape through playing different instruments. When I was 12 my brother brought home a bass guitar then I very quickly discover the electric guitar. Once I got hold of a guitar I found I could express myself through playing and that’s how it started.
YMX: What would be your dream collaboration?
LULL: Andy: As a massive fan off Dallas Green of City & Colour and Alexisonfire or Mat Kerekes of Citizen and Ned Russell of Title Fight/Glitterer to work with any of those guys would be awesome.
Jordan: like Andy said those are some awesome artists to work with I’d say just to throw in it into the mix my biggest influence David Gilmour of Pink Floyd would be something I’d go crazy about.
YMX: You recently released “THE GREAT STRAIN”. Can you tell us how that project came about?
LULL: Andy: So we put out two singles ‘‘Someone Press Rewind’’ and ‘’The Great Strain’’ and we will be putting out quite a few more singles to build us up as a band and hone in on our sound. The project came about after I took a step back from music for a short while, whilst taking time to focus on other creative outlets, but after seeing my friends and what they were doing in music I got motivated again to start writing during the third Uk lockdown. Once I had a steady amount of material I reached out to friends for feedback then went on to work with Lee Richardson of IN HEART STUDIOS & Fouth Audio although local to us we’ve been working together over social media and online due to covid. Lee has really helped with production, mixing and mastering and is responsible for a lot of the tones and sounds you’ll hear from LULL now and in the future. Once hearing the tracks that I got back from Lee and the feedback I got from my peers I set out looking for members that would help bring LULL to life and that’s how we now have Jordan and Jack.
YMX: What inspires your songwriting work?
LULL: Andy: I’m often a man of few words and I like to observe a lot, quite a bit of my songwriting is self-expression and a way to talk about my inner thoughts and observations. Having a way to connect to people and communicate through music is a big factor in my writing.
Jordan: Just the sheer enjoyment of doing it, the possibilities are endless and inspiration can come from anywhere like Andy said I think we all use music as a way to communicate and express ourselves on levels we can all connect with.
YMX: We are all missing live music at the moment. Once on the other side, which music venue would you choose for your first gig?
LULL: Andy: Anyone that will have us! We have plans to play all over the UK once shows are back. But to keep it local I’d say Head Of Steam opposite central station In Newcastle Upon Tyne, I’ve played there before with other projects and I’ve seen many of my friends’ bands there too, so some fond memories.
Jordan: Being the odd one from Coventry, The Tin in canal basin (Coventry) holds great memories and is a real intimate place to play you really get to share a space with everyone. I’ll always aspire to play at Godiva festival as well as I’ve grown up around the festival and seen many artists that have inspired me over the years.
YMX: What’s your band strategy in terms of music promotion? Direct-2-fans or via the “big dogs”?
LULL: Andy: We come from grass roots anyone who is a fan of what we do and supports us we will be as direct as we can, we’ve considered PR companies to help us spread the word of LULL but so far we’ve have done everything off our own backs not to say PR is a bad thing but for now We’ve felt a greater connection with our community for doing so. I think times have changed and right now people are paving a new way to be successful in the music industry.
YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future? (releases, gigs etc.)
LULL: We plan on releasing quite a lot of new music and videos to build us up and to hone in on our sound we have plans to release our next single ‘’Fed Up’’ in the very near future. When shows come back we will be playing them up and down the UK as often as possible before and look forward to connecting with other bands and artists on the road and spreading our sound. Big thanks to YMX from everyone at LULL