live EP THE SEATTLE SESSIONS is an interesting listen. Now that it's
out there for everyone to hear, how do you feel about the finished
feel very surprised by it. It brings me back to 2013 when we recorded
it, and the songs are different from the ones off of our official LP
REVIVAL. It's its own thing. It was recorded in a couple of
days at LONDON BRIDGE STUDIOS and we had a good time with it. It;'s
different feel for the songs than we're used to. It's cool to look
back and hear how we were playing these songs in 2013. After three
years of playing them, it's interesting to to hear how our approach
to them has changed.
the recent passing of CHRIS CORNELL and EP like THE SEATTLE SESSIONS
kind of has an eerie resonance.
We're I'm actually in Seattle right now. It's been really somber.
CHRIS CORNELL was that iconic, legendary singer that I grew up
idolizing. It's so odd. It's so weird. When I was on the flight to
Seattle the news broke and everyone was just bummed out. It was
really surreal. You wake up one morning and look at the news and you
find out that CHRIS CORNELL has passed away. It's weird. SEATTLE
SESSIONS was done on a whim as we were touring. Seattle has always
been that city and place that we've always gravitated toward. It's
the history of the city itself that gets to us, and the
of all of the people that have ever recorded at LONDON BRIDGE STUDIOS
and all of the music that was made there.
predated a lot of what became known as Grunge.
true. SOUNDGARDEN was the first. They were the first big
band to come out and they paved the way for the other guys to have
helped you guys behind the recording console for this EP?
DAVIS, who engineered our last album REVIVAL. We also worked with
STEVEN. We met both of them in Seattle during the time that we
recorded the self-titled record back in 2011 at LONDON BRIDGE. They
were both working there and we really hit it off with those two. They
are our producer and engineer from Seattle and they are both
dear friends of ours. JUSTIN is just a crazy mad scientist when it
comes to the control board.
there been any reactions to this EP that have surprised you or that
you didn't see coming?
haven't quite put out yet. As far as press goes, we've posted a few
tweets to get things going. It'll be out on iTUNES and SPOTIFY in the
next couple of weeks, but so far, the reactions have been great ,
from people who have heard it on SOUNDCLOUD. People are digging it
and seem to be appreciating the psychedelic feel of these
one of the stand out performances on this EP is your cover of PEARL
JAM's RELEASE. What was the inspiration for covering that song?
one of my favorite PEARL JAM songs ever. We were in Seattle and we
had covered the song here and there. PEARL JAM's 10 was recorded in
that same spot we were in at LONDON BRIDGE STUDIOS, so we decided to
record it. The highlight for me with that song was the tour that we
did with CANDLEBOX. We toured with them for eight weeks. DAVE KRUSIN,
the original PEARL JAM drummer, was the drummer for CANDLEBOX on that
tour. During our set he got behind the kit and played RELEASE with
the band, several times on that tour. It was a magical thing for me
has touring with CANDLEBOX helped the band?
first day of the tour, we ran into the TEMPLE AGENTS who are friends
of ours from Chile. They were opening up that tour in Nashville. When
we got to Nashville, we were excited to be on the tour with
CANDLEBOX. My inner twelve-year-old self was like "What the
fuck? Pinch me!" When we met up with TEMPLE AGENTS in NASHVILLE,
it was this bog blow out that night. Then we hit the road. We've
toured CANDLEBOX twice . The first time I toured with them I was a
fanboy. It's weird to be in the presence of those guys, but after a
couple of shows and a couple of beers and hanging out, those guys are
family to us now. We love those guys. They are incredible people and
incredible musicians and very gracious.
me back to the beginning of LULLWATER. How did this whole thing get
off the ground?
was a band that we stated in college. At the time, Athens, Georgia
had a vibrant live scene and the bars had live music all the time. We
started jamming out in this mildew-ridden basement. The former
drummer started the band and then I came and took it over. We did
cover shows. We would do a three hour set at local bars and from that
we were able to pay our rent. We would be doing shows four to five
nights a week. Form there we took it to another direction. We
wanted to do original music so we put out a few demos. Thy weren't
great, but it was a start. Like every band, you go through members
here and there. Eventually we decided to go to Seattle to do a legit
was your musical experience before LULLWATER?
been in bands ever since high school. I've been in a band all
throughout high school. I took a break from music for a little while
but I got back in once I was in college. My influences were always
the hard rock bands coming out of Seattle in the late eighties and
early nineties. It was the most influential era of rock for me. That
was something I brought with me to this band.
about the other members of the band. Tell me who they are and what it
is you think that they bring to the table that makes this
WILSON is our drummer and he is an animal in our live show. He brings
a huge element of high energy and creativity. He's KEITH MOON. He's
got his own thing and he makes the music more solid and powerful.
He's just a killer drummer. ROY is our bass player and I can't say
enough about him. He is one of the best bass players and backing
vocalists. His bass riffs are killer. All of the things I can't do
are things that he brings tot he table. He's a great songwriter as
well. DANIEL is our new guitar player. He and I did a side project
not too long ago. When the former guitar player left DANIEL was like
a light bulb. He's an incredible player and I'm excited to have him
put his mark on future records.
explain the songwriting process. How does that happen within this
varies. We rely on each other to bring out the best in a song. I'll
come up with a riff or a song idea and as a band we'll jam on it. In
rehearsal the song can change. We go through all of the moves. pushes
and pulls until we get it right. We try to get the song the best we
can make it. For the most part I bring vocals, lyrics and melodies,
but everyone writes. Everyone has their own input in every song. What
I love about this band . It's not an ego thing where I'm the primary
songwriter. We all respect each other as musicians. We know that
whatever we bring to the table is to help the music along. It just
songs off of the EP have you the most excited to get someone to hear
would say RELEASE for sure. I love FORGOTTEN NAME on this recording.
It's an eight minute jam on this EP. We wanted more time to
experiment with the songs on this EP and BROKEN WINGS and FORGOTTEN
NAME are a testament to that. We just got in the studio and jammed.
It all happened organically.
have you learned from touring with bands like CANDLEBOX and THEORY OF
learned that you have to be honest with yourself when you're out on
the rod. You have to rely on everyone to get out there and work.
We've done some great tours with very professional musicians, tour
managers and production managers. Because of that we've become a
tighter touring band instead of the having this laissez faire
approach. We give our best and do our best on stage and try to keep
the machine running. Touring is a monster. If you're not with a good
group of people , you're going to have some problems.
would you like for people to come away with after they hear SEATTLE
EP was just something that we had been sitting on for a long time.
We've had these songs since 2013 and I feel it shows a
different sound for us. I hope people walk away appreciating the
experimental side of what we do. If someone comes back liking it,
then I'm happy.