Interview With 'Lungless'
Firstly, introduce yourselves and tell us a little bit about the band and how you came to be?
My name is Nick Perovic and I play guitar and vocals in a band called Lungless from Pickering, ON, Canada. We started in 2014 after our previous band broke up. Our vocalist at the time decided to leave to pursue a career, but the rest of us weren’t quite ready to give up the band life just yet. We had just bought a van, so we still wanted to put some mileage on it. We used that opportunity to write new music (which would eventually become our first EP ‘Inhale’) and for Michael and myself to step up our game as vocalists.
What were you all up too prior to the band, was this always the chosen path or did you have other dreams and aspirations?
Most of us were playing in a band called Constellations (the Canadian one, not the German one) and our current drummer was playing with Drag The Lake. I’d like to think this was the “chosen path,” but it’s hard to say. We’re grinding as best as we can, so hopefully in the future we’ll be able to answer that question better. However, if I could make sandwiches out of a food truck that would be my other dream come true.
Tell us about your Album and why our readers should check it out.
Well for starters, it’s our fourth release so it’s easy to say we’ve been cranking this wheel for a while now. This is the first album we’ve worked with a different producer. We worked with Jay Maas (ex-Defeater) at his studio in Massachusetts. He’s produced many well known bands in our area of music so there was a real energy getting to work with him (go find our studio update videos, that’ll give you a good idea).
We cut a lot of the bullshit and just went for a balls to the wall release. I think we achieved that, although my artistic tendencies do find their way back as they will. It’s a Metalcore record but I think it has a uniqueness to it that sets itself apart from our previous work and hopefully from our contemporaries. If you want to get hit in the face with riffs but then contemplate existence every once and a while, this may be the album for you.
Have you ever come face to face with someone within the music scene who has left you awestruck and why?
This relates back to the previous question, but I would say working with Jay Maas was definitely that moment. He played with and produced Defeater so I was already a fan before meeting him. Working with him however was very fulfilling. Super down to earth guy, has a great family and just welcomed us into his home with such hospitality. His approach to recording was just so bizarre and unorthodox compared to what I was used to. Overall, it was just thrilling to watch him work. Especially since it was our music.
If we were to head out to one of your live shows what can ourselves and others expect?
Probably a couple of beers lying around since we still get slightly nervous before playing. One thing I can say though is that we do put everything we got into our performance. Personally, I move around a lot. So I get dizzy very easily and tend to knock things over (drinks, gear, people, etc). But I think that’s become a real element of the show and our philosophy on playing as a live band. We like to be tight, we play to a click, rehearse a lot, etc. But we also like each show to be it’s own moment. Nothing is worse then seeing a band that carbon copies their set down to the banter night after night. We try to make each show it’s own unique moment. Some weird shit (good or bad) will happen every night in the moment, so it’s always interesting to see it unravel.
If you had one artist/band that you could go on tour with tomorrow who would it be and why?
I can think of 300 bands off the top of my head. However, for the sake of conserving this interview. If Slipknot called and said “Yo it’s Corey Taylor, come open for us.” I’d be quitting my job over text before he hung up. Why Slipknot? Listen to IOWA. That’s the only good reason I have besides the fact that they’d all be arena shows.
You can spend an hour with a musical icon living or dead, who would you pick, why and what would you speak about?
My sarcastic side would say Lou Bega, so I could ask him for unreleased copies of Mambo’s no. 1-4. But the serious side of me would say Richie Blackmore. One of my favourite guitarists of all time, especially on the early Rainbow albums. I’d just like to ask about his ability to make his guitar sound almost like a violin. After that I’d stop talking and ask him to play me ‘Stargazer' nine times in a row.
And finally and most importantly is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?
Personally, I don’t think it is nor was it ever interned to be. However, the Christmas season gives us a reason to keep rewatching it year after year. Therefore I think it has an honorary doctorate in the Christmas movie genre. Good enough for me.
Bandcamp - www.lungless.bandcamp.com
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/lunglessband/