Interview with lighterburns
San Diego duo lighterburns are synonymous with that phrase ‘everything old is new again’. Formerly known as The Residence, the duo – Jeremy and Alfonso – has a new name and new songs – the Apologies from lighterburns EP is just the first taste of what to expect. Check out their recent chat with AMNplify below!
How and when did the band form?
The band began in February 2017, as a project created by members of a previous band. We decided enough was enough with the previous band and decided to start over fresh.
Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music?
Fall Out Boy was my biggest inspiration. They were the first concert I ever went to. I remember watching them and thinking that ‘this was something I needed to do for the rest of my life’. There was no better feeling than that of live music and I always want to be around it.
What are the themes explored on the Apologies from lighterburns EP?
Our music on apologies focuses on dealing with the pain and aftermath of relationships that go wrong. That said, the first track Drive, has the same concept but with a positive tone; with a mindset of “Yeah this happened, but so what”. You’ve got to take your losses and move on.
How does the Apologies from lighterburns EP differ to what you’ve released in the past?
This will be our first release for lighterburns. Unlike other music in that we’ve done for previous projects, we focused on being slightly more musically intricate and exploring more with sounds than being straight cookie cutter song layouts – we even have a song that pushed five minutes.
What makes lighterburns different to similar sounding bands?
We’re only a two piece! Alfonso and I decided we just wanted to make music and have fun. Sometimes we will play shows with friends filling in on guitar or bass but we enjoy playing as a two piece and having fun while doing it.
What would you be doing if you weren’t involved in music?
I have no idea. Maybe try to be a pilot…although college and school are very expensive, which is why I chose to try music in the first place.
What has been your most memorable career highlight to date?
Getting to do the last two years of Warped Tours – it was the best experience getting to meet so many new people every day and spread our music. We got to play several dates each year and make friends with the headlining bands.
What is something you want to achieve career-wise that you haven’t done yet?
Do a full US tour on our own or with another band. As of now we’ve only toured with Warped. I think it would be great to do our own tour and play cool venues.
If you could play any venue in the world, where would it be and why?
Any festival main stage, like Reading and Leeds or Riot Fest, etc. Those stages are so massive and have amazing lights; it would be incredibly to play there.
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- Maggie Sapet