album goes live today…
Genres: Art-Rock, Industrial
For Fans Of: IAMX, Julien-K, Nine Inch Nails, David Lynch
LA-based lovelesslust (composer/performer Johnathan Cooper, guitarist/bassist Dana Wells, and drummer Anders LaSource) bridges the gap between rock band and art piece; their darkly aggressive industrial sound coalesces with an electrifying stage presence, sinister original art that flanks the stage, and a black and white visual motif that unites the musicians themselves with their art.
lovelesslust has performed at renowned venues such as Bar Sinister, House of Blues – Main Stage, and The Viper Room, and toured across the southwestern United States, which culminated in a performance to a packed house in Austin during SXSW.
The upcoming 11-song album THE CAR CRASH THAT ENDED HER LIFE CAME AS NO SURPRISE, produced by Cooper and mixed by Amir Derakh (Julien-K, Orgy), incorporates the band’s live energy, vocal harmonies, and lush strings into their synth-heavy sound. An early version of album’s first single, the anthemic crowd-favorite “AntiYouth”, was remixed by the legendary Chris Corner (IAMX, Sneaker Pimps).
Meet – Lovelesslust
For those unfamiliar with your bands history, can you tell us all how you all met up and decided to start a band ?
Our band is a bit unique in that it was started very much as my solo electronic rock project. I composed a number of songs and wanted to start doing shows, and I thought it would bring more energy to the shows to include more live musicians. The first lovelesslust show was electronic tracks and vocals by me along with one guitar player. Over the course of our history, we tried many different arrangements, and we were even a 5 piece band at one point. After this experimentation, I think we inarguably have the best form for the band now, with the vocal and guitar talents of Ms. Dana Wells and Anders La Source on drums.
who would you list as your musical influence?.
One of my favorites who inspired me to want to pursue music was Orgy, and I am beyond honored that our record was mixed by Amir Derakh from Orgy, and that Jay Gordon remixed Pristine. Along a similar vein, IAMX and The Sneaker Pimps have been one of my absolute favorites, and Chris Corner provided us with a remix of our single AntiYouth. I would be remiss not to mention David Bowie, whose entire catalogue is amazing, in particular Scary Monsters from 1980 and the criminally underrated Earthling from 1997.
whats the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?
Sharing a stage with Julien-K, being (re)mixed by some of my idols, and having our fans fund a tour to SXSW were some of the biggest highlights.
what are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years.
Our new record, The Car Crash That Ended Her Life Came As No Surprise, is phenomenal. My hope is that as many people as possible will hear it. I truly think the quality is great enough that if you hear it, you will listen again and again.
what are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
Morrissey’s “World Peace Is None Of Your Business”, IAMX’s “Metanoia”, Julien-K’s “California Noir Pt. 1”, David Bowie’s “Blackstar”, Tyler The Creator’s “Wolf”, and St. Vincent’s “St. Vincent”.
Do you see any real use for social media , or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
The two are not mutually exclusive! It’s great to have a mainline into connecting with our fans, but it is also sometimes frustrating to maintain when trying to focus on a project.
Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off.
I try to read as much as possible. While you definitely can’t please everyone, I think being open to criticism is one of the only ways to reflect and improve as a musician and as a person. I also love the support our fans give us, and the encouragement to keep going.
If you could tour anywhere in the world , where would you want to go.
Japan, because I love their beautiful culture, and Germany, because it is so notorious for their wild industrial scene.
Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life.
Any last thoughts for your fans?
Thank you for all your love and support. If you haven’t heard us yet, give one track a listen, and you’ll want to hear more. Tracks are on lovelesslust.com, and our album “The Car Crash That Ended Her Life Came As No Surprise” comes out on August 19th. If you’re in LA, we have a big release event planned on that day, so don’t miss it!