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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Luke Sweeney

Luke Sweeney, Bandcamp, Interview

San Francisco‘s Luke Sweeney has fronted numerous bands in the Bay Area, including Vows and Wet Dreams Dry Magic. On Oct. 14, Sweeney will release his first full-length studio album, Adventure: Us.

The psych-pop band has two shows in Arizona this month–  The Rogue Bar on Sept. 16 and Last Exit Live on Sept. 17.

 Read The Spec‘s interview with Luke Sweeney and listen to a track from the new album, below…

Tell us a little about yourselves…
We are Luke Sweeney, Brett Eastman (ex Girls), Rohini Moradi (ex Plums), and Zach Ryan (ex Stone Foxes). We’re packing our lives into a van for the next two weeks, traversing the western United States along an Adventure: Us tour dispensing doses of freedom, glances of romantic life, theories, seeds of inspiration, and stories of the future… and of course, some sweet, sweet music. We’re in the middle of a headstand. You can take that literally, physically, or metaphorically.

How long have you been making music?
I’ve been playing guitar since I was 13. I was gifted an acoustic Yamaha after I broke my jaw flipping over a bike onto pavement. We’ve all been playing some kind of instrument (or many) since we were teenagers.

Who/what are your influences?
I’ll take this opportunity to challenge today’s artists to be leaders: to lead with an open mind, a generous heart, a kind spirit, and a tireless ethic.

What is your favorite song you’ve released and why?
If I had to single one out, I’d say “Doin’ it To You” because it’s got a chorus that already belongs to everybody else… I’ve seen a lighter swaying in the crowd while we’re playing this song, lovers huddling close together, people singing along. That makes me feel good.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
Some of the songs on Adventure:Us are almost eight years old, but they feel fresh when we play them live because I had never played them with a full band until this year. We’re still working on some more material from this record, then we’ll tackle some new territory. I have a backlog of songs nearly six albums deep, but it keeps piling up, so we might just record some brand new material when winter rolls around.

If you could no longer be a musician, what would you be or do for a living?
I’d probably work on a small farm somewhere…

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
There’s a good number of friends from San Francisco who have built tiny universes that are encapsulated by their music and continue to push the envelope into new frontiers: Bart Davenport, John Dwyer, and Tim Cohen come to mind. Anyone who perseveres with their vision.

Why do you make music?
I don’t really think about why. I’ve just felt compelled to do it so frequently and intensely that it just became a part of my existence.

Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?​
I’ll get a haircut soon.

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