A New Generations Take On Americana, Meet – LP3 and The Tragedy


Today we meet LP3 And The Tragedy. To me , they represent a new form of Americana, a little more on the rock side of things and the accordion helps drive that sound home. LP3 and the Tragedy are a little away from their 1st Album, but even if we just have these 2 videos that’s more than enough evidence that this will be a Band on the rise. Stay tuned in to 50thirdand3rd and as soon as their album gets released, I’ll bring it to all of you. For now follow them on the social sites and if you get the opportunity to see them live, do so….

C= Carlos

Hi our name is….

LP3 and The Tragedy

People say we sound like…..

L= Roots Rock on Smack and Acid

R=Slash records

C= The lust child of The Gun Club, Jimi and The Experience, and Fleetwood Mac with a slide guitar

We are….

Louis, Ruby, Carlos, Eric, Mike

We are from…….

So Cal. LA OC

Who are some that have an influence on you

L= Singer Songwriters like Joe South
,Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, ect..

R=Family, Mother Earth, Father Sun, Freelee the banana girl, Dr. Michio Kaku, Deepak Chopra, Dr. Wayne dyer, Ancient civilizations. Hood rats. Gangsters.

C= Jimi, Johnny, Lando and LP3!

Little Dap and the group home, Eazy E, Ice Cube

Hank, Willie, and Steve

Chente, Los Tigres Del Norte

Ramones, X, Dream Syndicate

How old were all of you when you started to play and who plays what in the band

L= I started playing when i was about 11 playing music with my cousin David. That later became Los Villains . We lasted well over a decade.

R=Started playing bass at 18 self taught. I’ve been singing all threw school elem-college. Went threw dance and acting training.

C= I was 18, self taught on guitar until LP3 enlightened me

I play rhythm guitar

LP3 lead guitar/Lead vox

Ruby bass/vox

Fuller Drums

Mike B accordion, keys

Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the songs out

L= I usually get a melody in my head and i transpose it to guitar. Nowadays i can send a voice memo on a group text and everyone knows it by rehearsal. It is the one great thing about the ‘smartphone takeover’

R=Louie sends us a song/s in the middle of the night. Then we learn it practice together and sometimes I come up with supplemental vocals during jamming/ recoding.

C= LP3 will demo the chords and vocals that pop into his head, he’ll send us those (usually at all hours of the night), I’ll learn the chords and write my own rhythms and picking schemes within those chords. Everyone else will do the same with their instruments and then we run thru them at rehearsal.

We’ve been known to do this during recording session for other songs and end up tracking the new ones. Sometimes it just comes together that fast..

what are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how have you overcome those challenges

L= I think the biggest challenge for anyone doing music today is that your audience will give you 15 seconds before they are off to the next thing that they can become more familiar with. The sensory overload of todays society is not kind to anything up and coming unless you are heavily financed.I guess the best thing to do is embrace the necessary evils and create a social network presence enough that someone cares about you. It all feels silly though doesnt it?!

R=Being self sufficient. Dealing with lops in the industry. Prejudgment. Hipsters. I overcome with clear mind and gratitude. Leading by example. Treating others how I want to be treated. Letting the show speak for its self.

C= For me as far as challenges go, I would say that just keeping up with these guys musically is the challenge. We all have our own little flavor we bring to this recipe that makes us US. We all have many different influences and types of music that moves us which in return makes us very similar.

If you could pick any time to travel back to for music, where would you go and what year would it ….

L= Right now is the time to be. Never have we had the perspective of such a musical past with no true direction it can all go. I really think its all going to change drastically and i want to see it.

R=I would go to space in the future to see how music works then.

C= late 66 to see Jimi and the experience play in London or 77 to see what The Ramones did on the bowery…

Who are all of you currently listening to ….

L= Steve Earle, Diamond Rugs, King Kahn and the BBQ, Lightnin’ Hopkins

R= Dj rashad, Bob Dylan, sit down servant, Awesomeness fest, doreene virtue, lil boosie, Big Freedia, Danny brown, Haim, Mystikal, Behold a pale horse audio book, Monk meditation chant.

C= Steve Earle, Kendrick Lamar, Hank III, GZA, The Gap Band, Rick James

If you could open for any Band right now who would that be

L= Steve Earle, Neil Young, and X

R= Neil young

C= Black Keys, Los Lobos, Steve Earle

My youngest son is 13 and in a Band, what advice would you offer him…

L= Play gigs and dont stop. Play what you want and find your own voice. Fuck critical negative people. You are as awsome as you think you are.

R= Don’t worry about the haters. Follow your heart and passions. Have fun! The popular kids are gonna peak out in life at 16. Keep ur discipline up. Know that u can have anything u want, you just have to focus on it. Take care of ur mind, body, And spirit. Real rock money comes from honest work not partying. Trained and practiced werk.

C= Same shit Ruby said #TRUTH

your thoughts on the state of rock ‘n’ roll in 2015…..

L= Its a disasterous popularity contest. The worst than its ever been. I can wait to see it collapse.

R=Lame. Hipster. Corporate TV shows. Hip hop is the new king. EDM is the prince.

C= Hipster trendy and corporate as fuck,

Exile on Main Street or London Calling…

L= Exile today. London tomarrow

R= London Calling. Funner

currently Exile on Main Street, 10 years ago, London Calling

Our plans for 2015…..

R= Release wieners first 7″. Then our own record. Playing ur next party.

C= Hopefully put out really cool and honest music that anyone from kids in JR high to my mom’s friends can appreciate and grove to… Play lot’s of meaningful shows with cool peeps.

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Co-founder of 50thirdand3rd, stepped away to spend time with family and write. From Pittsburgh, now in Florida, Cool Canadian artist wife, 4 great kids, and two granddaughters!! I'm a lucky guy!

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