Lemuria Doesn't Let The Distance Keep Them Down
Lemuria mostly wrote their newest record, The Distance Is So Big, remotely, sending each other videos of melodies, hooks, and songs from their different home bases, but the distance between them has not held them back from creating an album full of catchy songs that capture the high energy '90s indie sound that brought them together in the first place.
Their third full-length is produced by J. Robbins, the engineer behind many of the bands that inspired them to play in the first place.
Up on the Sun got the chance to talk with Alex Kerns, the drummer and co-vocalist for Lemuria, ahead of Wednesday's show at the Trunk Space.
I read somewhere that you are going to be playing older songs along with tracks off the new record on this tour. It sounded like something you guys weren't doing as much of in the past.
Lately we've been trying to play songs off of our new record. We have three full-lengths, and a collection of older EPs, and we realize, when you have that much material out, that people still want to hear what they are familiar with on certain records.
[So] we're trying to do an even distribution of each record live. We learned a total of 35 songs for the tour, and we play a dozen songs every night. We actually just got back from England, where we played two weeks' worth of shows, and a lot of the shows were really close to each other, so the same people came out to multiple shows. It was cool to be able to play two completely different sets for people who came out.
It also makes it way more exciting and energetic for us, to play a different set every night.
You've played in Phoenix before; what have your experiences of the city been like in the past? You are also playing a last minute show in Tucson, right?
We played the Trunk Space once before, and we've played a house show there once. I don't remember what the house was called; we played a long time ago. We played a bigger venue once, where we opened up for the Queers. It was a while ago.
We were originally going to be playing Albuquerque, but the promoter stopped responding to emails, so we thought it'd be better to have a show than not. Daniel, who lives in Tucson, he did a show for us last time we came through, and he said, "I know I only have four days to put something together, but I'll do something."
So we were like, Yeah, let's do it. I've always had a really good time in Phoenix. I've never spent a lot of time in Phoenix, [though], because when we're touring through Southwestern cities, we usually have a long drive there and a long drive back after. It's not like the East Coast, when you play Boston and you only have like an hour drive the next day or something.
This is your third full length album, so what's the process of writing and recording the new album been like compared to the past?
Well, the main difference is that at one point we all lived in Buffalo, but now I'm the only person who still lives in Buffalo. Sheena lives in D.C., and Max lives in Austin.
We get together and have really focused practices, instead of like before. I actually think we're more productive now that we don't live in the same city, cause when we get together we don't take it for granted. Whereas in Buffalo, when we all lived there, we were just like, "Yeah, we could practice today, or we could practice tomorrow..."
The process for this album is that I would write a song and make a demo, and then Sheena would write a song and make a demo, and then we'd just go back and forth to each other, so that when we got together, we kinda knew the songs.