"...We Seem To Be Connecting With People And That's Always One Of Our Goals..." An Interview with Lovehoney
Lovehoney has been steadily raising the bar for themselves with each 3 song EP in their 4 years of jamming out the local Brooklyn, New York scene. We sat down with guitarist Tommy White to discuss the momentous history of Lovehoney, the diversity of their music, their new EP coming soon, and a song preview!.
MHW: Thanks for taking the time to speak with us! For those that may not know, tell us a little bit about yourselves and Lovehoney!
LH: The band started in October of 2015 with just Tom on drums, myself (Tommy) on guitar, and Aly on vocals. We had no bass at the time, then Matt joined us in May 2016. Our sound is dirty riff based fuzzed out rock and roll that draws inspiration from the R&B and Rock And Roll of the 60s and 70s while sprinkling in blues vamps and psychedelic freak outs on top.
MHW: Your latest groove and riff-driven release, Dig This, came out back in July 2018. How has the reception been? Does the response seem to be growing with each album?
LH: The response so far has been very good after we dropped the Call Me EP, which was more Soul and R&B driven, we wanted to return with something that you could groove on and rock out with. With each project, we seem to be connecting with people and that's always one of our goals.
MHW: What are some of the different musical influences that go into the unique, yet free-flowing songwriting style of Lovehoney?
LH: I feel like each member brings their own personal influences from different genres that have helped them develop skills as a musician, and add a certain unique quality to our sound. For example…
Tom brings that soulful drumming into our sound from him growing up listening to Motown records, so he’s the soul guy.
Matt is the Classic Rock and Proto-Metal guy in the band.
I (Tommy) am the Blues and 60s Rock guy in the band.
Aly is like gumbo. She brings Hip Hop, Rock, and R&B into the mix without it being forced.
MHW: One of the themes with Lovehoney’s lyrics is dealing with heartbreak, loss, and surviving. What is the main driving force when it comes to lyric writing?
LH: Aly is the lyric writer in the band. She tries to create lyrics that are at times autobiographical and personal, but also about other people. Their stories that they have shared with her or that she has read about. She makes it an effort not to limit herself to just her personal experiences but to incorporate others as well.
MHW: Aly does brings a lot of soul and passion in her vocal work. Who is her vocal idol (our guess is Aretha Franklin/Supremes) and what influenced her to become a rock singer?
LH: I'm sure she loves and respects and loves those two legends you mentioned. I personally know that Aly has really been inspired a lot by Tina Turner and Jack White and they both definitely inspired her to pursue Rock music.
MHW: Is there any plans or goals for some type of tour or new content in 2019?
LH: Touring abroad in Europe has always been a desire so hopefully that can happen very soon. Until then, we are having a blast making a name for ourselves here in New York City playing shows.
We do have a new EP coming out in May that we are excited about and can't wait for everyone to hear it.
MHW: Can you tell us about the new EP? How will it be similar/different than your previous efforts?
LH: With this new EP, we wanted to turn up the heaviness so that these three tracks hit harder than the last EP (Dig This), but still maintains a nasty groove because that’s always our goal. With all of our EPs we want to tell a short story so that everything is connected together in a cinematic way. It’s as if you are watching a movie. Essentially, these three new songs pick up where the last EP left off. Only now, the scene is much darker and more aggressive than the last.
MHW: Lovehoney is handpicked to time travel and go back into the year 1985 and be the musical act as well as hosting duties for that year’s Wrestlemania event. What three fantasy matches from the Golden Era of WWE wrestling would you book?
LH: Mr.Perfect v.s Jake The Snake
The Million Dollar Man v.s Rick Rude
Dusty Rhodes v.s Ultimate Warrior.
I like the idea of having two matches that feature heals going at it instead of the classic good verse bad. Then with Dusty v.s Warrior, it would be nice to see an old school street fighter like the American dream against the Warrior
MHW: What’s the best piece of advice you were told?
LH: My Dad told me, “Son, let them tell you no.”
I asked, “What do you mean?”
He said, “Don't go into something with the outcome of defeat already in your mind. Regardless of how impossible the task may look or be. Let “them” (meaning whatever it is you are trying to do) say ‘no’. Don't tell that to yourself because if you are faced with a ‘no’, you can easily move forward and conquer it because your mental confidence is high.”
So many people I feel defeat themselves mentally before they even try so that advice has always stuck with me.
MHW: Is there anything you would like to add?
LH: Thanks for giving us this platform to introduce ourselves and thanks for doing what you do. It's important that people know that rock and roll isn't going anywhere. In fact, I believe it's about to make a big resurgence.
MHW: Thanks again for chilling with us! It has definitely been a pleasure. We’ll be sending some good vibes your way as we wish you the best of luck in your future adventures!
LH: No doubt! Thanks for the support! It was dope chatting with you.
Check out their most recent EP Dig This on most streaming platforms such as Spotify, iTunes, and Deezer.