Independent hard rock band The Lonely Ones has been making waves in the past year or so with a series of hit singles. The band’s growing popularity is only sure to grow even more as it prepares to launch a new tour Aug. 19. The band’s tour includes performances in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and at the upcoming Metal in the Mountains concert festival in Pipestem, WV.
Front man Marty McCoy took some time to talk to Phil’s Picks about its tour plans and making music ahead of the tour’s launch. The transcript of that interview is featured here.
PP: The Lonely Ones is gearing up to hit the road for its upcoming summer/fall tour. What is going through each of your minds as you prepare to get out in front of audiences again after live music was put on hold for such a long time due to the COVID-19 pandemic?
MM: We are excited, nervous, but very prepared. We’ve been rehearsing six hours a day seven days a week, but everything changes when we hit the stage for the first time.
PP: I’ve tried to do my research for this interview, but haven’t seen any sign of albums from you guys. That aside, the singles that you have released seem to have really gained traction among audiences and music outlets. The songs that you have released have also taken on some very serious and relatable topics. Talk to me if you will about what specifically people are saying about your songs? Are people finding inspiration? Are they saying they’ve been in these situations with drug abuse, or abusive relationships? What do those reactions mean to you?
MM: The songs come from personal experience. When you write from the heart, people listen from the heart. I’ve heard a lot of comments on the tune “Eternal Sadness” specifically. The pandemic left a lot of us lost and let dark thoughts creep into our minds. We as humans need each other to survive. People have told us that the song let them know they were not alone.
PP: Staying on the matter of your singles, your cover of Queen’s song from the Flash Gordon movie has really garnered you some respect. Queen guitarist Brian May and Flash Gordon himself, Sam J. Jones, have each offered words of support. Considering the cult status of the movie and the worldwide support of Queen to this day, what does that support from them mean to you all?
MM: For Brian May to say we did a great job covering his song is a dream come true. Sam J. Jones He’s a super nice guy and we met him face-to-face, we thanked him over and over again for sending it to Brian. Sam is a hero in my book.
PP: Additionally, what was the inspiration for taking on that song from Flash Gordon? It seems like such a random song to take on. Also, your take on that song came very close to Arrow Video’s Blu-ray re-issue of Flash Gordon. Was that timing just coincidence. Have you seen the movie’s latest re-issue?
MM: We were a brand new band at the time and we wanted to do something a bit different. Everyone’s doing covers, so we wanted to do a cover not everyone could do. It was scary, but I think we pulled it off. We’ve heard years ago that they were going to do a remake of Flash Gordon. The plan was always to be a part of that. It’s one of my favorite movies of all time.
PP: Since we’re talking movies right now, what are some of your favorites movies? What is it that makes them your favorites? Do you all stream more content in terms of movies nowadays or do you prefer watching in theaters?
MM: I still love going to the theater. Of course I do the streaming thing that’s just the way it is these days. My favorite movie of all time is The Exorcist. That movie scared the hell out of me, still does.
PP: Getting back on the topic of the upcoming tour, talk to me if you will, about how the tour schedule came about. In looking at the tour, which has two distinct legs, the first leg is specifically throughout the Midwest while the second leg (with Seven Year Witch) is more directly throughout the southeast, in states such as West Virginia, Florida, and here in North Carolina. So how was it all planned?
MM: 2021 is a traffic jam out there. Every musician in every band is trying to get back to what they do best. So it was definitely difficult trying to book a tour. Our agency TKO has done a fantastic job at navigating through such a heavily saturated battlefield.
PP: Speaking of the North Carolina dates, one of those shows is close to me at Hooligan’s in Jacksonville. Have you ever played in North Carolina previously? How did you come to choose Hooligan’s?
MM: We’ve played Hooligans for years. It’s a wonderful venue and the promoter is a good friend of ours. We will always play that club. It’s a good vibe and the town is full of wild ones.
PP: Expanding a little more on the tour, Sunflower Dead and Co-op are scheduled to join The Lonely Ones for the first leg of your upcoming tour. My understanding is that they will share time as support for the tour. What is it about these two bands, which themselves are largely independent, that drew you all to them?
MM: They write great music. We did our research and every band that’s talked with them previously said they were wonderful to be on the road with. Our fans told us about them as well. Word on the street they put on a great show. That’s the type of bands we want to tour with.
PP: Let’s stay on the topic of other bands for a moment since we’re on that matter. There are obviously a lot of great acts out there from one genre to the next that could easily be one of the next big names within its given genre. So what are some of the bands that you all have really picked up on that you think others might enjoy?
MM: There are so many great bands right now. Ohio alone has many. Beartooth, The Violent, Starset, South of Eden, just to name a few. Check those cats out and you’ll have plenty to listen to for the next 6 months.
PP: Bringing everything full circle as we wind things down, you all are signed now to Imagen Records. So with that deal in place, when can audiences expect an album or even EP from The Lonely Ones? You all have really built excitement and anticipation, again, with all of the singles you’ve released. So is there a time table on that matter?
MM: Not yet. We’re not sure if albums make sense right now. It’s a singles world, not my favorite world but that’s how it goes these days. We have enough songs for two albums, but I don’t think we are getting enough awareness about the band yet to drop an album.
The Lonely Ones’ full tour schedule is noted below.
The Lonely Ones Tour Dates:
Thu, Aug 19, 2021 Indianapolis, IN Hi-Fi
Fri, Aug 20, 2021 Battle Creek, MI The Music Factory
Sat, Aug 21, 2021 Keokuk, IA L-Treyns
Sun, Aug 22, 2021 Mishawaka, IN Smokestack Brew
Sat, Aug 28, 2021 Columbus, OH The Basement
Sun, Aug 29, 2021 Pipestem, WV Metal In The Mountains
Tue, Aug 31, 2021 Louisville, KY Diamond Pub Concert Hall
Fri, Sep 3, 2021 Akron, OH Empire Concert Club
Sat, Sep 4, 2021 Huntington, WV V Club
Tue, Sep 7, 2021 Iowa City, IA Gabe’s
Wed, Sep 8, 2021 Des Moines, IA Lefty’s
Thu, Sep 9, 2021 Sioux Falls, SD Bigs Bar
Fri, Sep 10, 2021 Janesville, WI Back Bar
Sat, Sep 11, 2021 Chippewa Falls, WI Joel’s 4 Corners
Sun, Sep 12, 2021 Braidwood, IL Top Fuel Saloon
With Seven Year Witch
Sat, Oct 2, 2021 Virginia Beach, VA Scandal’s
Sun. Oct 3, 2021 Jacksonville, NC Hooligan’s
Tue. Oct 5, 2021 Gainsville, FL High Dive
Thur. Oct 7, 2021 Punta Gorda, FL Bert’s Back Porch
Fri. Oct 8, 2021 Tampa, FL Brass Mug
Sat. Oct 9, 2021 Sanford, FL West End Trading Co.
Sun. Oct 10, 2021 Jacksonville, FL Archetype
Mon. Oct 11, 2021 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
Tue. Oct 12, 2021 Greenville, SC The Radio Room
Wed. Oct 13, 2021 Charlotte, NC Amos Southend
Thur. Oct 14, 2021 Greensboro, NC The Blind Tiger
Fri. Oct 15, 2021 Pipestem, WV Pipestem Event Center
Sat. Oct 16, 2021 Winchester, VA Blue Fox
The Lonely Ones has made waves since 2020, releasing a cover of Queen’s ‘Flash Gordon/The Hero‘ (from the 1980 big screen adaptation of the Flash Gordon comic strip), and the singles, ‘Change The Station,’ ‘Real Big Trouble, ‘Eternal Sadness,’ and ‘The Lonely One.’
More information on The Lonely Ones’ new tour plans is available along with all of the band’s latest news at The Lonely Ones’ official Facebook page.
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