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Will Gold of the band Lovejoy on their EP ‘Wake Up & It is Over’ : NPR


NPR’s Scott Simon speaks with Will Gold of the band Lovejoy about their newest EP, “Wake Up & It is Over.”



SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

You hear a track by British rock group Lovejoy, and also you may really feel shaken from a dream.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “CALL ME WHAT YOU LIKE”)

LOVEJOY: (Singing) And you may kiss the pores and skin from my lips ’til it makes you’re feeling good. I am unsure if you would like it, unsure if you happen to want me too.

SIMON: “Wake Up & It is Over” is the brand new EP by Lovejoy. The band was based by Will Gold and Joe Goldsmith. Will Gold joins us now from Albany, N.Y., the place they’re on tour. Thanks a lot for being with us.

WILL GOLD: Thanks for having me, Scott. It is a pleasure.

SIMON: You get up and what’s over? Give us a touch.

GOLD: (Laughter). It is (laughter) – no, it is I am a little bit of a poet. I like my metaphors. And, you already know, I really feel like that is what I’ve tried to do there.

SIMON: Yeah. Some folks have noticed, as I haven’t got to let you know, that your music has type of flavors of 2000 post-punk bands like Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes. What did you hear in these bands that hit residence with you?

GOLD: Even in The Strokes, a band from the US, I heard quite a lot of British tradition. It felt just like the type of grungy, concrete buildings that I’ve type of grown up round represented in music, however in a enjoyable dance-y approach that I may actually get into.

SIMON: As if the music was part of you? One thing like that?

GOLD: Completely.

SIMON: Let me ask you in regards to the track “Penalties.”

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “CONSEQUENCES”)

LOVEJOY: (Singing) Was it too late to name you? Was I too drunk to know? Do you ever really feel such as you fell off for a few yr? I would wish to have one other go.

SIMON: Mr. Gold, it is none of my enterprise, however I do not suppose this track will do it if you happen to thought it was going to express regret to somebody.

(LAUGHTER)

GOLD: No. I have been grappling with the concept that perhaps I ought to work on my apology expertise.

SIMON: Properly, I am certain they’d be flattered to have it lead to such a signature track. However this can be a track that comes from real-life expertise, I assume, for all of us.

GOLD: I assume, yeah. It is virtually a tongue-in-cheek have a look at the type of errors you make if you’re slightly bit too drunk.

SIMON: That needs to be a warning, I assume, for all of us, is not it?

GOLD: Completely. Completely. Not that I am one to dispense knowledge, however…

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “PORTRAIT OF A BLANK SLATE”)

LOVEJOY: (Singing) I really feel sooner or later I broke my thoughts. I am at all times looking the silent kind. How do you all make it look really easy? You open your hearts up so rapidly, it scares me.

SIMON: How does songwriting work with you? Is it a line comes first, a phrase, a narrative?

GOLD: Usually, it is the tune first. However I’ve a really huge doc that I write of every thing I really feel and simply little traces I give you, you already know, on my stroll to and from retailers or no matter. I will give you a pair traces, after which once I’m actually feeling like I am in my zone to write down, I will choose one in every of my beforehand written tunes and put the lyrics over it that I am feeling at that second. It is at the moment 36 pages for this previous couple years.

SIMON: And also you simply preserve including to it and going over it time and again?

GOLD: Completely. I’ve type of chaptered it in several phases of my life, so I can very simply draw from totally different durations to get traces from.

SIMON: Let’s pay attention, if we may, a bit to the track “Warsaw.”

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “WARSAW”)

LOVEJOY: It will not get higher, I guarantee you. Make no mistake, we’re all going to finish up within the dust.

SIMON: It will not get higher, I guarantee you. Make no mistake, we’re all going to finish up within the dust.

Properly, sure.

GOLD: (Laughter).

SIMON: Sure. However I imply, to cite Shakespeare’s Prospero – or paraphrase – you already know, life is a dream rounded by sleep, is not it?

GOLD: Yeah, I would say so. We’re all simply stealing moments from the void, I suppose. I assume, Joe in that half – Joe truly wrote that half. However he was there with me as he was writing that part. And I imagine what the message he was making an attempt to place throughout is thru the length of the track, I am harping on about this one who’s basically moved on from me, and Joe is sort of taking a look at it in a nihilistic approach.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “WARSAW”)

LOVEJOY: (Singing) You are too straight-edged to get it. I do something you ask of me, that is certain. What for?

SIMON: Properly, I imply, you may view it as, you already know, we’re all going to finish up within the dust. Or you may as well view it as that is what makes the time now we have right here so treasured, is not it?

GOLD: Completely. I want to write a contented track sooner or later. I simply – I do not know. I at all times – I am at all times tantalized by the extra pessimistic aspect of the human expertise.

SIMON: Yeah. You are on tour in the US now. What tales do you inform about us if you get again residence to Brighton?

GOLD: American audiences are very totally different to European audiences. The massive takeaway I’ve had is that I felt much more like a performer right here than I do in Europe. In Europe, it seems like I am in a giant social gathering, and I have been invited, and I am enjoying to the room, and the rooms are dancing together with me. Right here in America, it’s kind of extra intimidating. It feels extra like I am on a stage. It feels extra like I am performing to a crowd. This is not essentially a very good or a foul factor. It is simply – it is a distinction that I am getting used to. And it is very fascinating as a result of I do not see myself as a performer.

SIMON: Your songs may be heard virtually as very quick tales about romance, missed connections, quarrels, regrets. Do you hope folks soak up one thing out of your songs?

GOLD: Completely. Yeah. That is a giant a part of why I write and why I like making music, is to hope to connect with folks in any approach. It is clearly quite a lot of letting off steam, you already know, getting my ideas and emotions out off of my mind and onto a web page. But it surely does additionally include the additional advantage of seeing different folks react and being like, oh, OK, I am not alone.

SIMON: Will Gold of the band Lovejoy. Thanks a lot for talking with us.

GOLD: Thanks for having me. It has been an absolute pleasure.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “PORTRAIT OF A BLANK SLATE”)

LOVEJOY: (Singing) He advised me that a lot and now he is useless. Informed me to kill my indulgences with a pointy blow to the temple. Decide up the telephone and name and do every thing he says. I may take a plastic digicam…

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