PropertyOfZack Interview : : Lydia
PropertyOfZack had the pleasure of interviewing Leighton Antelman from Lydia a few weeks ago for a great interview. Leighton and I discussed the band’s experience while on tour with The Maine, the reception to their fall 2011 release, the early stages of a new Lydia record, the next step for The Cinema, and fall touring. Read up below!
So we’re a few weeks into the Pioneer Tour now. How has it been so far?
It’s been awesome. I love The Maine dudes. We’re from basically from the same city, so it’s kind of like old friends touring together again.
It is a different tour for you, in terms of the audience. Has it been good to change it up a little bit?
Yeah, it is definitely a different audience. Not in a bad way. We’re used to going on later in the evening with a little more of a drinking crowd. But I always like it when bands sort of step out of their comfort zone. It’s cool. You don’t want to stay in a strict mold. I think a lot of the times, you look out in the crowd and the crowd kind of has the look on their faces where they’re like, “What’s going on here? I’ve never heard this kind of music before.” It’s cool though. We’re getting a good response and everything is cool with it.
So this is your second US tour in response to Paint It Golden. That’s been out since the fall now. Have you been happy with how the album has been doing?
Yeah. For sure. I think it’s got a good response. People are saying that it reminds them a lot of our second record, Illuminate, which seems to be the fan favorite. So I guess I’ll take that as a compliment.
A lot of people were expecting Lydia to be done after Assailants. Are you happy now to have continued with the new album and touring with the same name as well?
Yeah. Me and Craig, the drummer, have always really enjoyed making music together. The only reason I really was going to stop the band is because me and the other guy that started the band together… we just couldn’t get along anymore. So he quit about two days before we went on the farewell tour. So me and Craig did that whole tour together, and by the end we were just like, “This is how tours should have been for the past four years. I’m not sure I want to stop this now. This is really fun.”
A few months ago, we saw that you might be working on a new EP or LP for Lydia. Were you writing or recording?
Yeah we were recording a bit of it. We have probably like less than two songs that are tracked and done at this point. But as I was finishing the two songs, we were thinking about doing an EP, but I had three or four more, so there’s about five songs that are written at this point. So I’m just going to hold off and put them all on one album. We’re trying to have a record out by early next year.
POZ: And you’ll be recording that with Matt Malpass?
It was looking like you were trying to put out material closer together than you had been at the beginning of the band’s career. Do you plan on continuing to do that if you can? If the material is there?
Yeah I kind of just like to let stuff come out naturally. So it just kind of happened that a group of songs came out. Because it kind of just comes out naturally. I don’t just sit down like I’m going to write a song right now. It’s just whenever it falls into my lap and I’m like, “Oh this is cool.” We have about five songs so we’re hoping to put one out sooner than later, just because they are there. Then we can continue writing. But after that it could be another two years, you never know.