Hard rock metal quartet LYDIA CAN’T BREATHE released their brand new single titled “SHEEP” to all digital outlets today! The single is a fresh take on the band’s trademark sound with melodic guitars and dark tendencies. It showcases their ear candy intros, face melting guitar riffs, while still clinging to their heavy transitions and breakdowns.
“Sheep is an energetic guitar driven heavy piece with catchy clean vocal choruses. The verses are harder spoken parts with a heavy breakdown. The contrasting parts show the different styles and variation of the band’s sound. The song follows the theme of thinking on your own and being yourself regardless of how society tries to shape you” says the band.
Ignite caught up with the band to ask them a few questions about the band and what is new going on….Check below.
- Tell us a little bit about the band and how long you have been together for some of our readers that may not know about the band.
We are a multi-genre band that plays mostly hard rock and metal from central FL. The band has been around for close to 10 years and toured all over the country. We like to smoke weed and party at our shows with our fans and make sure to always send them home with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! We also try to impact people with our message of being yourself and standing up for what you believe in no matter what the consequences!
- What got you into music and what keeps you going night after night playing?
Kyle– I wanted to make an impact in this world through my message and words, and I loved to smoke weed and play guitar all day, so it seemed like this was my calling! I will never stop playing until I fiscally can’t do it anymore, because it is who I am and what I was meant to do with my life. I love the challenge to get to the top of this industry and the respect and trust you get from people who believe in our message and listen to our music. I have fans that are like family and would do anything for us, and you can’t get that type of genuine love from any other career you can try to pursue.
Shad– For me playing our music has a few payoffs. I get a thrill from writing a piece of music and watching it grow from a one person piece to a multi-person, multi-personality entity. We all add our own touches no matter who writes it, so I get this sense of belonging and individuality at the same time from our process, but the biggest thrill for me is the live experience. When you connect to someone through music on a personal level, face to face, there is no comparison. We may be thinking and feeling different things and going through different struggles than the people in front of us, but the energy we share with the crowd connects us. It is the most intense sensation of euphoria I’ve ever felt in my life. That makes all the struggle worth it for me.
Josh– I’ve always liked playing music ever since I saw Foghat live as a kid, and the energy of the fans keeps me going.
Ryan– I went to see a local band called Disciple and that made me want to start playing. Then I saw the Earthday Birthday Festival in Orlando and that kind of sealed the deal for me. I knew I wanted to be on stage.
- So, what is new with the band?..New Album out? New Videos?
We just dropped two new singles that we recorded with Andrew Karpovick and Andrew Wade at The Audio Compound in Central Florida. “Ups and Downs” came out in late Feb and “Sheep” came out April 26th and has a music video for it as well. These are the first 2 songs of many that we are dropping every few months in 2021! The new songs have a sound that pays homage to, but transcends our old material thanks to the band growing as writers and Andy and Andrew producing the songs!
4. If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?
Probably smoking weed all day and hanging out with no purpose just conversing with friends about the day to day bull shit… Maybe asking the universe what its secrets are through tedious study and observation involving math, lots and lots of math… Likely traveling the world like a nomad… or I’d be an organic farmer
5. What is the weirdest or funniest question you have ever been asked?
Kyle– I always jokingly ask for people to share their drugs when we are on stage hoping to get free weed at the shows, but one time a guy offered to smoke his crack with me up in the midwest. I politely declined, but felt bad to disappoint him.
Shad– Same story as Kyle, but he asked, and I quote, “You wanna suck that glass dick? I got you!” I also politely declined
Josh– How do you play drums without a finger?
Ryan– Someone asked online when Charles Manson started playing with the band referring to me.
- If you can have your fans remember you for one thing, what would that be?
We hope our fans remember us for something that could help them in their struggles, through their personal life or goals, some message they gain through listening to our music that helps them become a better version of themselves. We hope a song or a riff we write hits some kid the same way that the music that put instruments in our hands hit us. We’ve all geeked out on a few bands as kids. We’d love to be that band for someone else.
7. On a scale of one to 2593, How good is your new single compared to your last single? (my attempt at humor, but please still answer)
The new single is 2500 times better than the last, and the one after this is amaze balls as well!
8. What do you feel is the best song you have released to date and why?
“Ups and Downs” are Josh and Kyle’s personal favorite for songs that we have released to date, plus the riff and breakdown are sick! “Sheep” is Ryan and Shad’s favorite.
9. Do you think you can get any better as a musician/singer? And if so, How would you achieve that?
Kyle– We can always get better as a musician and songwriter by working hard everyday on our craft and listening to people that have been doing this longer and have more success than we do in this industry. If you think you can’t get better at something and you quit testing yourself you start to digress as a person and at your craft!
Shad– For me, improving as a writer, as bassist, as a singer or as an anything is about trying your limits and getting outside of your comfort zone, even if that means simplifying your approach from time to time. If you are completely comfortable, you aren’t challenging yourself.
Josh– I’m terrible. There’s nowhere to go but up! Lol
Ryan– I know I haven’t reached my full potential yet. “It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock n roll.”
10. If you could give your fans one random fact about you that you think they should (or should “not” know) about you what would that be?
I think its funny to watch people write their name on a wall with shit! You should eat your vegetables everyday and only your vegetables. I smoked catnip as a kid, and I steal jokes constantly.
11. You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Kyle– Weed green would be my color because I love to smoke the herb. It would be called like Neon Green Gas!
Shad– Band Shirt Black because that’s 90% of my closet contents.
Josh– I don’t know, but I would be a dark color cuz my mom says I’m not the brightest crayon in the box… and it would be dull red because I’m a ginger.
Ryan– Just Tan
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