Time To Get Your Groove On , Meet – Lisbon


I think these guys remind me a little of The Climax Blues Band , cool little jazzy/blues riffs all through the tunes , tunes you could get your groove on with. I get that Steely Dan meets Duran Duran vibe , I would venture to guess that these guys are on their way to the top of the charts , meet them now here at 50thirdand3rd….

Meet – Lisbon

1. For those unfamiliar with your bands history, can you tell us how you all met up and decided to start a band?

We’ve all been best mates for years really, Varty (singer) & Gaz (bass) have actually been best mates since first school, probably around the tender age of 7/8. Me (Joe, guitarist) and Varty were in another band together whilst in middle school and Gaz & Alex (drums) were in another which formed in our early high school years. We then had a bit of a battle of the bands going which divided our high school into arguing which band was consequently better ha! But we were always out together getting up to the standard mischief all teens muster up, regardless of the divide from the two different bands. And it wasn’t until the last few years of our high school careers (sixth form) Lisbon was created. Both bands had slowly fizzled out and me and Alex were skipping our lessons to go and jam in the schools little practice studio, then it wasn’t long till Varty started skipping then eventually we recruited Gaz on bass and before we knew it we were Whitley Bay High Schools favourite band and things just carried on from there and we’ve been riding the roller coaster ever since.

2. Who would you list as your musical influence?

We all have a mutual love for great pop music, Steely Dan being a particular favourite, George Benson and Duran Duran are also notable favourites. We listen to a lot of electronic music like Oni Ayhun, Classixx ect and then there’s bands like Friendly Fires and Little Comets, its quite an eclectic taste that all melts together in a blurry haze and somewhere in that haze you’ll find us.

3. Whats the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?

I think the coolest thing for us that’s happened is seeing the fan base grow and seeing how much our songs and music actually mean to people, it gives us the strength to keep writing and doing it over and over again.

4. What are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years?

I think the main goal is to keep building on what we’ve already started, we want the shows to get bigger, play to more people, travel the world and all that malarky. Theres nothing we want more really, we’ve been discussing it since we were like 12 years old and were going to keep grafting for it because we simply just love to do it.

5. What are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?

Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What Im Not, was a big one for me in middle school, I remember watching them on MTV and my mind was blown I was literally obsessed with the lyrics and the music.

Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Stadium Arcadium, this was another very important album for me, John Frusciante was and still is one of my favourite ever guitar players.

More recently Friendly Fires – Pala, every song on this record has been like my favourite song at one point, its one album that I can keep coming back to and listening over and over and still find exciting new things about it.

6. Do you see any real use for social media, or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep up with?

I think social medias vitally important, although it can be a pain fans and followers can converse easily with their favourite bands/artists, its like having a virtually conversation 24/7 really, it’s mental. But I think thats vitally important as I’ve said, you want to feel part of the band you know it makes you love it even more because it starts to become even more personal.

7. Do you pay attention to reviews or comments fro people about your music or do you just turn that noise off?

We always read everything anyone posts about us, we care a lot about it probably too much but I don’t know whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing.. were extremely thankful for anyone who’s ever wrote good things about us, it means a lot.

8. If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?

We get a lot of people asking us to come to America on social media and thats always been a big goal for us, we definitely want to get over there as soon as possible. I think somewhere like Rio in Brazil would be absolutely mental (seeing as we have a song called Rio and I’ve actually visited there as well) I have a strong desire to get back asap to be honest, the culture was so brilliant and the whole place is like one huge cloud of inspiration. I have a fantasy one day we’ll do a show there and everyone will just go fucking mental for it, gives me shivers every time I think about it ha!

9. Can music save the mortal soul should or is it just a good backbeat to your life?

Music to me is probably the only thing that can save the mortal soul, its got me through all my rougher times in life even if music was the cause of it. It has a funny way of bringing everyone together regardless of who you are or what you’ve done. I think music has the power to inspire, motivate and change the world, its a truly wonderful thing.

10. Any last thoughts for your fans?

Thanks for being so wonderful and inspiring us more than you’ll ever know, can’t wait to keep riding the roller coaster with you all.


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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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