THE LUCKY DUTCH INTERVIEW
What are you listening to lately?
Claire Corriveau - Keys , vocals :
Nate just introduced me to Nikki Lane and I am a little obsessed.
I love her outlaw country vibe. Also, the Wild Feathers.
Nathan Graham - Lead guitar , vocals :
Jonathon Tyler's new record "Holy Smokes" and Nathaniel Rateliff are two recent finds.
David Padula - Bass :
Dorothy, especially "Bang Bang"
Ben Dacoba - Drums :
The regular; drum videos on youtube.
Who are your musical inspirations?
We pull inspiration mainly from 60's and 70's rock and blues. A few examples would be Stevie Ray Vaughn, Freddy King and Led Zeppelin. We also want to be a part of the current conversation that includes bands like Vintage Trouble, Rival Sons and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. One of our main goals in to continue the evolution of American roots rock and connect our music to the existing linage.
Could you Tell us the brief history of your band?
Nate and Claire have been performing together for about six years. After a few personnel changes, David came on board in 2013 and Ben joined in 2014. Since then we have played festivals and show s all around the midwest and played SXSW twice and are in the process of planning our third tour.
If you have to describe your music in there of four words,what would you call it?
American roots rock n roll
Did You ever censored yourself in a song ?
No. We tend to avoid swear words and derogatory speech when writing lyrics because it feels like a cheap way to appear rebellious. it is more rewarding to write something cutting or vicious without resorting to cursing.
What songs of yours are you most proud of, and why?
"Good, Honest Man" and "Runaway" stick out as the two we're most proud of, because both songs show such vulnerability. We worked hard to be emotionally honest and raw when writing this record and the effort shows through on these songs.
If you could perform with anyone in the world, either dead or alive, or broke up who would it be? Why?
Bowie springs to mind. Stevie Ray, Hendrix, Janis Joplin. Prince. Theres too many to count. Because it would be an honor to stand on stage with them and absorb their energy. because it would be an inspiration to share this craft that we all love so much.
What is the best place to write a song?
Either a quiet bedroom or loud rehearsal space. Sometimes the frozen food section of a grocery store will do fine, too.
What was the best gig you ever played? Why?
The last time we played Syracuse, the show was crazy. Packed house, rowdy crowd singing along. We did a second encore and the venue smelled like waffles. Our bass player ended up taking his shirt off and crowd surfing, so that wa s pretty rock n roll night.
What was the furthest show from your home that you have done so far ?
We played The Hub bar in Tampa, Fl. It was actually one of the better receptions we gotten on tour. The crowd was very warm and engaging for the whole show.
What embarrassing songs might I find on your MP3 player?
Theres no such thing as a guilty pleasure. If you like a song, than enjoy it, regardless of whether or not its "cool"
that being said, I do have the full soundtrack to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical on my i-pod.
Support music because.......... ?
Because what else are you going to do with you time on this planet? whether its a million dollar stage show or a solo guy strumming on a street corner, music can lift you up if you let it. we spend so much of our time feeling judged and labeled and isolated by these artificial boundaries that we set for ourselves and others. But when the house lights go down and we all feel the same beat and react the same way, how different can we be? There's a lot of lonely, hurting people out there and we all need to know that we're not alone. We're not broken. Music can do that best.