Courtesy: Pavement Entertainment
1) Lawless Hearts notes on its official Facebook page that “With Lawless Hearts, innovation is needed more than imitation. Our dream is to not stay in the past with our music but bring forth together our classic and new age appreciation to make something completely our own.” Unlike so many other up-and-coming bands out there today, Lawless Hearts actually succeeds in its dream with its new EP Creatures of Habit. The band clearly exhibits its classic rock influences yet still makes its own sound along the way, thus making its own identity. What’s more, the incorporation of lyrics that are far deeper and more modern than anything from the 80s or even 90s, adds to that identity. So considering that, I wanted to ask how hard was it in writing and recording this EP, to balance the band’s influences with its own material without crossing that line of just rehashing old songs? Were there ever points in that process in which the band had to stop and step back so that the songs didn’t end up sounding like carbon copies of the music that influenced the band?
“Michael”- To be honest these songs and all of our songs have come so easily some as simple as picking up my guitar and letting my emotions bleed through the notes i play. In past interviews I’ve discussed how the music of the new EP was born quite a crazy story i think you can find it in our “Metal Exiles” interview. Alex does most of the lyric writing and i create the majority of the music. with the “Creatures of habit” EP it was effortless i remember Creatures coming together in like 24 hours and in a very natural way. I came to her with the riff and some how she already had the lyrics for it… Sometimes we will rehash old tunes and make them fit with who we are now but my sister and i write so much that we like to move on with the story and we create new songs on a daily basis.
The band never had to step back our sound comes from our hearts thats why i think people will relate to it 100%. We are not trying to feed the listeners some BS story that never happened rather drag them in with actual life scenarios we have had happen to us. We have actually tried at one point in time making our sound more relevant to make the industry finally care but that didn’t work either.
We instead stuck to our guns and remained who we are and kept believing
This is only the beginning for “Lawless Hearts”
2) Staying on the writing avenue, the songs’ lyrical content is really thought provoking. As I already noted, I noticed that the songs’ lyrical content does a lot to maintain Lawless Hearts’ identity. Both the EP’s opener/title track and its closer really seem to embrace the EP’s title, albeit in different ways. The closer seems (at least to me) to be a commentary in regards to humans being creatures of habit by wasting their lives away worrying about things that there is no need to worry about. On the opposite side, the EP’s opener seems to tackle humans’ less kind habits for lack of better wording. I’d love for you all to talk about those two songs.
Alex Marie- First of all I want to say how refreshing it is for someone to ‘get it’ you couldn’t of explained the song’s definition better than myself. But, to dive deeper still ‘Creatures of Habit’ I think encompasses the struggle of everyone’s Yin/Yang we all have our demons, that inner turmoil between what’s right and what’s real, and what being a good person really is. Bad habit’s are hard to break, and Karma (pardon my french) can be a real bitch.
As far as ‘The Fallout’ goes I think it really brings everything full-circle. It’s about standing up for what you believe in, and telling whatever is haunting you, that you aren’t afraid of it, when you get the chance you will have retribution.
3) ‘If I Have To’ could be argued to take on the underlying theme that runs through both Creatures of Habits’ opener and closer, too. It seems at least to me as painting a picture of humans’ positive habits in contradiction to those darker habits seemingly presented in the disc’s opener and closer. Could you enlighten me more on that song? Am I completely off base with this one or actually at least somewhere in the ballpark?
Alex Marie- With ‘If I have to’ going back to the Yin/Yang we’re dealing with the other side, the side that has courage and hope. The side that will ‘lay it all on the line’ so to speak.
4) Looking at Creatures of Habit from a larger view, what was the catalyst in the EP’s creation? Did one of the band members just come in one day and say, “Hey, I’ve got an idea for this release” or was the process more organic?
Alex Marie- It was pretty organic, some of the songs were written around the same time frame, while others had been written sporadically months prior. We have so many songs written, we just picked the ones that would depict the story and message the best. When I write, it is always from personal experience, because I want the song to be relatable. I want that girl or guy to hear the song and feel hope that they aren’t alone. Because I think the world right now is lacking that ‘spiritual’ connection, and that’s what being human is.
5) I wanted to switch gears for a moment and ask about Lawless Hearts signing with Pavement Entertainment. How did the band’s deal with Pavement Entertainment come about? And I don’t know if you can talk about it. I understand if not. But were there any labels on the band’s radar other than Pavement? Or was Pavement the only one the band wanted? On the other side of the coin, were there any other labels going after the band as it talked to Pavement?
Alex Marie- Michael can elaborate more on this topic, but we literally tried for two years trying to get any label to notice us; we were green for a while and made some hasty choices that ended up not working out anyway thankfully. But throughout the process we gained all possible knowledge on the different types of labels because we didn’t want to be naive about it. It’s scary signing a contract. When we were just about to give up we were finally contacted by Pavement who actually wanted to listen to us, and give us a fighting chance. It’s good to have a label that truly believes in you and doesn’t just put you on a shelf. “Michael”- yes in a nutshell i reached out to the label and thought wed get the same response but finally we got a company that wanted to help us make it to that next level!
6) I want to get back to Creatures of Habit now. Doing research on the band’s body of work, this EP is really the band’s first official release unless I’m mistaken. Lawless Hearts isn’t the first band to release an EP for its first release, as many acts do so each year to test the waters so to speak. Though, most bands that release EPs first are typically signed to much smaller labels. I wouldn’t personally call Pavement Entertainment a small label. So what was the mindset among the band’s members in releasing this record first instead of a full length? Was it to test the proverbial waters or was there another motive in doing so?
Alex Marie-Yeah since we are pretty ‘new’ to the industry we wanted to see if what we have to offer floats, because it really is sink or swim you know? We already had this EP in the works a year ago, we just didn’t have any real outlet for it. But, now that we have a label, we can finally make our full-length if the EP does really well.
7) Looking at the band’s tour schedule, Lawless Hearts only has two dates on tap. And they aren’t until June. Was this a self-imposed limitation on touring or are there updates that perhaps you could share in regards to audiences getting to see the band live?
Alex Marie- We are still pretty new and ‘unknown’ so to speak, so once we gain traction it will be a lot easier to be demanded for touring. People don’t know how hard it is to get on a tour unless you have thousands of dollars or you’re in high demand by the public. We are hoping it’s the latter pretty soon.
8) I want to go in a slightly different direction for a moment, but not too different. It seems easier to find EPs in independent record stores than in the major chains. April 18th is Record Store Day, the annual celebration of not only vinyl but of indie record shops in whole. I can say from my own experience that the closest indie record store to my home is roughly 45 minutes away. I’ve also read stories here and there in recent years about indie record stores and the big box stores alike becoming increasingly endangered because of digital downloading and streaming services such as Pandora, Spotify, etc. Considering that and that indie shops are by and large where a lot of lesser known acts really get their grass roots bases, I wanted to get your thoughts on the growth of digital music and whether or not you think it could affect acts such as yourselves. Where do you stand on the divide between the physical object versus the digital? What do you all see as the future for music in physical form versus digital?
Alex Marie- Have you seen that video of Jim Morrison predicted the future of music he says and I quote “It might rely heavily on electronics, tapes, one person with a lot of machines, and electronic sets ups, singing or speaking, using machines.” There is so much EDM music out there now, and streaming, hardly anyone is selling Platinum RECORDS only Platinum SINGLES, but then again as history does repeat itself, that’s how The Beatles took off, was from selling singles. I think in this digital age, you really don’t make any money on music sales, only on touring and merch. I’m an avid vinyl lover myself though, and with the growing ‘hipster’ population they’ve actually increased the demand of vinyl records which is pretty cool in my opinion. However, I just want to see a real musician get ahead instead of a guy pushing buttons on a ‘machine’ you know?
9) Sticking to the matter of younger up-and-coming bands such as yourselves, are there any other bands either in the underground or even just under that mainstream radar that you all are listening to now? Are there any that you would recommend for myself or anyone else?
Alex Marie- Heaven’s Basement, Heaven’s Basement, oh and did I say HEAVEN’S BASEMENT. haha
Michael- yeah Heavens basement or sixx a.m not young members but a great band
10) I’ve got one more question before I close this out. Thank you so much for your time. I really appreciate it. I wanted to ask an easy one in closing. Now that Creatures of Habit is out, do you have any material in the pipe ready to go for your first full-length album? If so, is there a timetable on that album? Thank you again very much to each and every one of you.
Alex Marie- We are working towards getting in the studio very soon to start tracking our full-length. We are very excited to show the world more of the story.
Michael Thomas- The tittle of the album will be “Hell and Back again” :)