Spend some time getting acquainted with Columbus, OH rockers Lovesick Radio. Splitting their time between Ohio and Las Vegas, the group have an old school sound somewhere reared in between Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones, but with their own distinct personalities to match. Two members of the group David and Troy were rad enough to take some time out to talk about the band's formation, their creative process, the recording process behind their latest single "Bloodshot Eyes", and the group's plans for the future. Here is the transcript from our chat:
Give us your name and your roles in the band?
David: David Harris, Lead Guitarist, Songwriter
Troy: Troy Brown, lead singer and songwriter
Take us behind the formation of the group and how you all met?
Troy: Dave and I can’t even remember how or when we actually met, we have just always known each other apparently ...haha. But a few years back he contacted me to collaborate on some songs he had stock piled. We had some pretty positive feedback and a couple show offers came our way so Dave reached out to some other players who ran in the same circles and at some point we became a band!
Describe your early musical influences and how they have helped shape and inspire you to this day?
David: Hearing Bands like Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin,Sex Pistols, The Rolling Stones, The Black Crowes, Stone Temple Pilots forever changed me. The Riffs, The songwriting, the image! All of it just Captivated me as a little kid when my mom would play some of these bands. I wanted to be those bands. I try would find out everything I could about them. Rock N’ Roll from the 1st moments I heard it became the air that I breathe.
Troy: Just like everyone in the band I'm all over the place with likes and influences, but my parents played Mellencamp a ton and I guess it really hit me and I loved kind of that blue collar songwriter mentality. Obviously Tom Petty was a big influence as well...just killer work ethic and being all about “the song”.
How would you describe your band's sound to those who aren't familiar with you?
David: Some people have described the new songs as “blue-collar rock 'n' roll on steroids”. It’s drenched in the blues, punk & straight up rock n roll done with a lot of swagger.
What is the energy and joy you get out of playing and recording music, how big of a rush do you feel?
Troy: It's definitely a rush, but its also different for me. I guess for me it’s not been so much doing it strictly for the “rush” and “joy” as much as it is something that I have to do in order to feel “complete.” If I’m not making music I’m not me and I get super moody and being an artist makes me moody anyway so if I go without I'm not great to be around! Haha
Talk about the recording of your latest release, and what it was like to put it all together?
David: For our upcoming single “Bloodshot Eyes” we wanted to combine the feel for The Rolling Stones with the power & anthems of AC/DC but have it still feel fresh & new. Musically I had the main riff for awhile & nothing I liked fit with it. One day something clicked & it was written in about 5 min. I then sent it off to Troy & he started working his ideas on it. Then we kinda go back & forth till we get something we like.
Besides music, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Troy: I absolutely love to travel...see the world. I'm all about experiences over material items.
David: hmm... I mostly hit the gym, see movies & play guitar. Nothing too crazy. I safe that for the stage.
What's coming up next for you, any future shows or new music you'd like to promote?
David: We are always playing shows & releasing new music ever other month. So please follow us on your favorite social platform to get up to date information on shows & music.
How can fans find out more info about you online?
David: We are everywhere but here are a few quick places you can find us:
& anywhere else you stream & download music
Lastly, what is the one thing you enjoy the most about being in a band together?
Troy: I enjoy this band because we’ve all been through the bs before so that is all out of the way...everyone is a pro on and off stage and that makes it less stressful and a lot more fun.