Interview with Lola Black

BANGS!: Talk about how music has influenced you each individually in your daily living.

Music is the focal point of all of my memories so it is actual life to me. I have always been drawn to it. I remember at a very young age listening to every word and every note of everything that played around me. It honestly doesn’t matter what type of music is on, my ears are just in tune to it and that’s just the first thing I pick up on.

BANGS!: Where do you each find yourselves listening to music most often?

I almost always have music playing. Even if it's quiet and in the background. I just don't feel comfortable without it.

BANGS!: What are your favorite brands to use when it comes to the instruments, mics, amps, pedals and so on? Why do you favor them?

We use Marshall, Orange, and Mesa Boogie for Guitar amps. Ampeg bass amps. Ibanez and Schecter guitars and basses.

BANGS!: Tell us about your current project. Its conception. How it evolved. The storyline behind its development or any anecdotes that may have occurred during the writing/recording process?

LB started as a punk band who just really wanted to party and be as obnoxious as possible. As the years went on, so did we. Naturally, we just evolved because we grew to be better musicians and our needs artistically started to change. As you grow so does your art.

BANGS!: Were there any conflicts during the recording process?

Always is a wonder we don't kill each other sometimes. When there are so many egos involved it can be difficult to create something as personal as music without someone feeling some kind of way. You just gotta suck it up and move on. Just remember "If you can dodge a wrench then you can dodge a ball." Thanks, Patches!

Is there a particular part you enjoy more than another in the process of a project?

Just playing that damn music! I don't care where or for who. I just have a need to sing my heart out.

BANGS!: How do you know when a song is done and ready to be taken to the recording studio and produced?

You don't. At least in my experience. It never comes out the way it started. It starts as bones and ideas and takes a life of its own in the studio. It changes shapes many times over before it's actually "done." There have been a few times when a song never felt done to me and there were just a few more things I wanted that never happened. See! Dodging that damn wrench again! Ya gotta suck it up and move on.

BANGS!: Looking towards the short and long term of where you might be currently- where do you see yourself (yourselves) as an artist/band in 2019 and beyond?

Right now, we just keep truckin along. Long term, I can't speak for the dudes but I will always have a hand in music one way or another as long as I'm ticking. So, I'm not going anywhere.

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