Lemuria Doesn't Let The Distance Keep Them Down
What's your songwriting process like? Do you randomly write down lyrics or do you sit down and say, "Oh, now I'm going to write a couple of songs."
It's always a little different. Every song has a different beginning. Some days I will randomly think of a melody early and I'll make a little video, and this sounds really corny, but I'll make a little video and I'll sing it, and I'll come back to it the next day, or sometimes I'll come back to it a year later...
I have this collection of random ideas. A lot of times I won't sit down and write a whole song, but sometimes I will. Sometimes I'll just write one line, and then I'll realize all those lines that I wrote in the course of a few weeks sum up that moment in my life because that's what I'm thinking about and they're all relevant, so they create a song.
Sometimes some songs start out with just a guitar line. Some songs start with just a drum beat. Or it can just be a vocal melody or a lyric or a drum beat . . . there's no set standard.
So sometimes it's the music before the lyrics?
Yeah, sometimes we'll have a song that is instrumentally completely done and we'll listen to it and be like, I know what lyrics will be perfect for this--or Sheena will be like, "I have something that works really well for this mood." Then sometimes we'll have lyrics first and we'll write music to that.
What are your favorite Lemuria songs to play live?
I'm not just saying this because it's our new album and I'm trying to push that but I really like "Paint The Youth," because it's a motivational song for me, and I really enjoy playing "Congratulations Sex."
As far as older songs, I don't think I'll ever get sick of playing "Lipstick." I love playing that song. I always love playing "Mechanical" and then I always liked playing "The One." It's hard to say what my favorite song is because I go through waves--like, if you ask me the same question tomorrow, my answer would be different.
How challenging is it to write music when you only communicate over email or phone and your time together is limited? Do you ever send your band members videos of melodies or lyrics you think up on the spot?
Absolutely. There's thousands of embarrassing videos of me singing, and I go back and watch them and think, "Oh, God, I hope nobody besides my band mates ever sees these videos."
The other day I woke up--and this sounds really dumb, but in this dream I was having there was a song playing, and I thought, "I want to remember the melody." So I was half asleep and I made a video of me singing this melody.
Oftentimes when I make these videos there's not even words. This sounds weird, but it's mostly just me singing blah-blah-blah-blah-blah-blah along to the melody I thought up in that moment.
If those videos ever got on the internet, it could be a very weird tumblr.
[laughs] Yeah, I hope no one ever hacks my computer.
You've been on tour straight through for a couple months, with some breaks in between. What does Lemuria do in their off time?
Sheena was working at a bakery before we left for tour, but she left that to do the tour because she wouldn't have been able to get the whole summer off. I have a screen printing shop in my garage, so all our shirts and stickers and a lot of our record covers are things that I've done in my garage, and then I also do stuff for other bands. Max has a job working n Austin, where he does production for shows and festivals.
Lemuria is scheduled to perform Wednesday, August 21 at Trunk Space.
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