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Making Vibey Jams with lovelytheband

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Alternative Addiction talked with lovelytheband's lead singer Mitchy Collins about the band's new single and the album they're readying for release in 2020.

March 19, 2020


With their last record lovelytheband made an impact. It was mainly their single, "broken" and the consistent attention the song received for pretty much all of 2018 and most of 2019, but "these are my friends" and the overall quality of their debut album, finding it hard to smile contributed to that too. Early this year, the band came back with a new single called "loneliness for love" - Alternative Addiction talked with lovelytheband's lead singer Mitchy Collins about the band's new single and the album they're readying for release in 2020.

“We started writing some of it in January of last year,” said Collins to Alternative Addiction when asked about the writing timeline of their upcoming album. “I had some time and got back into the studio to shake the rust off a bit. A couple of the songs from that ended up making the record. The bulk of the songs were written at a house we rented in the Hollywood Hills this summer. After we had just gotten off tour for the better part of two years, we knew that we needed to make an album.”

“Instead of just going home we decided to just move into a house and immerse ourselves in the process. It was great. Christian (Medice), our producer, came over every day. There was a lot of good energy it was a great way to do the album. It didn't feel like work. It can feel that way. It can feel daunting, like you're going to the office which can be bad for me. It was nice to wake up in the house, make breakfast, and then start on it. Our studio room, we put it together in an office room outside the kitchen. We could just jump into the studio if somebody had an idea or run out to the pool if you needed a break.”
Working on the new album was a great process for Collins and the rest of lovelytheband, working in the house for several weeks was creatively peaceful. Were there any memorable moments that stood out more than others? According to Collins it was the creation of “loneliness for love” - a song that the band had been working on for a number of years.

“That was a song we had started writing for the first album. It was originally a ballad and it didn't make the record, but I knew the lyric was special. I remember going downstairs one day and thinking about reworking the melody for that song. This version is like the sixth rendition of this song. So, I remember when we cracked the code on it. We had the chorus right and I was in the kitchen and we were trying to figure about the post-hook - and Sam starts singing that melody and I remember running into the room and saying, 'that's it!' At that moment I knew we had turned a corner, had the first single, and we really had something.”

So far, the song has been doing great for the band. Radio play has been great for the single and the stream numbers have been even better. Talking with Collins about the single and really the whole recording process, we talked about the pressure of following up a song like “broken” and a record cycle like the band had the last time out.

“Oh, it’s terrifying,” said Collins. “It was stressful. We felt the weight of it. I found peace of mind thinking that was lightning in a bottle. Every song has its own life. Are we hopeful that our other singles will do as well? 100%. You have to believe in your music and be passionate and excited about it. But we can just hope it does what that does, we just have to be happy and thankful for the life it leads.”

For bands like lovelytheband, bands who have seen some success, the pressure of a follow up can be intimidating. You work basically your whole life to achieve something and then you have two years or less to make something that’s just as good or better.

“You're scared to lose it. Unless you get to a place where you cement yourself as a legacy like The Strokes, The Killers or something like that. They'll play arenas forever. We're still a new, baby band. Every album is hitting restart. We're hoping all the fans are still there. That's the scariest part. You work so hard and then you start over where you have to prove yourself again.”

Touring plans for the whole world are on hold, so there’s not much to confirm or talk about there, but hopefully we’ll get the new album from lovelytheband at some point in 2020. In the meantime, jam out to “loneliness for love.”- aa




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Making Vibey Jams with lovelytheband

March 19, 2020

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Alternative Addiction talked with lovelytheband's lead singer Mitchy Collins about the band's new single and the album they're readying for release in 2020.

With their last record lovelytheband made an impact. It was mainly their single, "broken" and the consistent attention the song received for pretty much all of 2018 and most of 2019, but "these are my friends" and the overall quality of their debut album, finding it hard to smile contributed to that too. Early this year, the band came back with a new single called "loneliness for love" - Alternative Addiction talked with lovelytheband's lead singer Mitchy Collins about the band's new single and the album they're readying for release in 2020.

“We started writing some of it in January of last year,” said Collins to Alternative Addiction when asked about the writing timeline of their upcoming album. “I had some time and got back into the studio to shake the rust off a bit. A couple of the songs from that ended up making the record. The bulk of the songs were written at a house we rented in the Hollywood Hills this summer. After we had just gotten off tour for the better part of two years, we knew that we needed to make an album.”

“Instead of just going home we decided to just move into a house and immerse ourselves in the process. It was great. Christian (Medice), our producer, came over every day. There was a lot of good energy it was a great way to do the album. It didn't feel like work. It can feel that way. It can feel daunting, like you're going to the office which can be bad for me. It was nice to wake up in the house, make breakfast, and then start on it. Our studio room, we put it together in an office room outside the kitchen. We could just jump into the studio if somebody had an idea or run out to the pool if you needed a break.”
Working on the new album was a great process for Collins and the rest of lovelytheband, working in the house for several weeks was creatively peaceful. Were there any memorable moments that stood out more than others? According to Collins it was the creation of “loneliness for love” - a song that the band had been working on for a number of years.

“That was a song we had started writing for the first album. It was originally a ballad and it didn't make the record, but I knew the lyric was special. I remember going downstairs one day and thinking about reworking the melody for that song. This version is like the sixth rendition of this song. So, I remember when we cracked the code on it. We had the chorus right and I was in the kitchen and we were trying to figure about the post-hook - and Sam starts singing that melody and I remember running into the room and saying, 'that's it!' At that moment I knew we had turned a corner, had the first single, and we really had something.”

So far, the song has been doing great for the band. Radio play has been great for the single and the stream numbers have been even better. Talking with Collins about the single and really the whole recording process, we talked about the pressure of following up a song like “broken” and a record cycle like the band had the last time out.

“Oh, it’s terrifying,” said Collins. “It was stressful. We felt the weight of it. I found peace of mind thinking that was lightning in a bottle. Every song has its own life. Are we hopeful that our other singles will do as well? 100%. You have to believe in your music and be passionate and excited about it. But we can just hope it does what that does, we just have to be happy and thankful for the life it leads.”

For bands like lovelytheband, bands who have seen some success, the pressure of a follow up can be intimidating. You work basically your whole life to achieve something and then you have two years or less to make something that’s just as good or better.

“You're scared to lose it. Unless you get to a place where you cement yourself as a legacy like The Strokes, The Killers or something like that. They'll play arenas forever. We're still a new, baby band. Every album is hitting restart. We're hoping all the fans are still there. That's the scariest part. You work so hard and then you start over where you have to prove yourself again.”

Touring plans for the whole world are on hold, so there’s not much to confirm or talk about there, but hopefully we’ll get the new album from lovelytheband at some point in 2020. In the meantime, jam out to “loneliness for love.”- aa

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