"Picking songs is a group decision to make sure we have a cohesive and honest sound" We chat with LANCO
Every so often Nashville tries to create a buzz around a new act or band, right now LANCO are on the receiving end. A big difference this time is that they've got the tunes to back up the buzz. Their debut record, Hallelujah Nights, is a stomping pop-rocker of a country record and hit number one on the Billboard Country Albums charts on its release. Prior to the boys heading to the UK for Country To Country (C2C) in March, we asked them a few questions
Hey guys, how are you doing?
Doing well! Trying to stay warm.
Where are you right now?
We are Minneapolis, MN on the Losing Sleep tour with Chris Young.
And what have you been up to today?
Today is a show day so we have a pretty busy day. We have soundcheck which is always fun. Probably some cold beers to get through and of course the most fun part of the night, the show!
What can you tell us about Hallelujah Nights in two sentences?
We are proud of this record and believe that it connects with our fans on many different emotions and levels.
How did you go about writing and choosing songs for the album?
Brandon, our lead singer, had the majority of the record already written we went in with our producer, Jay Joyce. As far as picking the songs it’s a group decision to make sure we have a cohesive and honest sound.
You’ve worked with some of Nashville’s finest writers, what did you learn from them?
One thing we have learned from top songwriters and producers is that it has to be honest and relatable. Often times it’s some of the simplest lyrics or notes that mean the most.
How important was Jay Joyce to the sound of the record?
Jay is an incredible producer so just getting to do a record with him was a dream come true. He really pulls out of each band member the best and combines it all together. He also is so keen on getting unique and special tones that make the record.
Tell us about ‘Trouble Maker’, my favourite song on the album.
'Trouble Maker' is one of the most fun songs we play live. We get to play into some of our older honky-tonk influences. It’s also an honest story. A guy in a bar sees a girl walk in and thinks he can end up with her. In all reality she goes home with her girlfriends.
‘We Do’ has such a stadium sing-a-long feel to it, what can you tell us about that song?
'We Do' is a song about being proud of what we have and where we come from. We may not be rich but we make the most of what we have when we have it.
You’ve had massive success with the record in the US, has that been a surprise?
As artists we believe that our music can connect with people. Sometimes the extent of that connection can be more than you could ask for. We are thankful for the fans who have been with us on this journey and the ones who have recently joined us.
Does how people listen to music these days matter? Or are you happy for people to just hear you?
We are happy that music is becoming more and more accessible and available. We think it’s only a matter of time before the technology will catch up. Music is evolving rapidly with technology and the sky is the limit. It will just take time.
Tell me what’s so great about Nashville?
Nashville is a big city with a small town vibe. Everybody knows everyone and it really makes for a unique community and music scene. It also has more than just country. Kings of Leon and Jack White just to name two artists in the rock world that call Nashville home and bring an edge to our city.
When was the last time you were starstruck?
The last time we were collectively star struck was when we got to play the Ellen show. The day we played Tom Hanks was also on the show and we got to hang out with him for a while. All the hype is real, he is such a great guy.
You’re coming to the UK in March for C2C, are you looking forward to London?
We can’t wait. Bringing our music across the pond is a literal dream come true.
What’s the best thing about being out on the road?
The best thing is being able to see with our own eyes the connection our fans have with our music. And of course, playing the shows are a blast.
And the worst?
Lack of sleep.
What’s the question we should have asked you today but haven’t?
I guess you could have asked us to bring y’all some real Tennessee whiskey but oh well.
Finally, how do you take your coffee?
Usually black. Sometimes some of us get a little cream.
For more information on LANCO you can visit their website, follow them on Twitter, or like them on Facebook. Their album, Hallelujah Nights, is available now from places that sell or stream music.
You can catch them live in London at Country To Country (C2C) Festival, tickets are on sale now from the festival website.