Shortly before they flew out for this UK tour, L.S. Dunes were in rehearsals. The band were supposed to be practicing their 11-song setlist (which features everything from Past Lives – all the recorded material they have so far), but they couldn’t resist getting started on more new stuff.
“Right before we flew out, immediately it was like, ‘Let’s not practice, let’s write a song!’” chuckles Frank.
“We wrote a new song in a four-hour span when we should have been rehearsing,” Tucker adds.
“It was like, ‘Well, I guess these shows are gonna be what they are because we had to write this fuckin’ song…’” continues Tim.
“It’s really good, though!” winks Frank.
This is all part of the fun of L.S. Dunes. When inspiration strikes, they eagerly go along for the ride. But what if another member is busy on one of their other projects? No bother, they’ll keep chipping away anyway, and no egos will be hurt. Simply: they just love working on this band in whatever form they can.
“We chase everything, which is really, really fun,” grins Frank. “And I feel like that’s how you find the great stuff − even if you’re chasing a riff that’s like, ‘Eh, that’s not that great of a riff…’ you’ll get there, because it’s not going to stay the same from inception to fruition. This is really just about the craft of songwriting and musicianship, and that’s what intrigues and inspires me.”
“We never really stopped writing music,” adds Tim. “We recorded and then we got ready for shows, but it’s always just been, ‘Oh hey, I’ve got this idea!’ We’re always working on things and talking about music and art. Once we can really dedicate our time and focus to that and get in the studio, we’ll do it.”
And while their tantalising live show is on the shorter end of things for now − given the limited material they have released − the band emphasise that fans are absolutely still getting their money’s worth.
“When you sit back and think, ‘This is every single finished song that we have,’ then it doesn’t feel like we’re short-changing anyone,” Tucker says. “This is literally all of the material that we have, that we can present at the moment. And it’s a rollercoaster − last night I came offstage with tears in my eyes, no lie. It’s a ride, whether you’re in the band or not.”
“You definitely feel spent after that,” nods Frank. “It’s an emotional ride, and some of these songs are really heavy – not so much in the music, although yes there are some heavy riffs, but I mean the subject matter. It’s a lot to take in.”