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Naam’s Ryan Lugar Talks ‘Vow’ LP, Touring

Naam interview, Naam tour, Asimov, Naam, Pub Rock Live, Tee Pee Records, Psychedelic music, vow album, Brooklyn BandDead Canyon“Modern psychedelia” quartet Naam formed in Brooklyn in 2009 and wasted no time to get started. That same year, the band self-released its first EP Kingdom and debut self-titled album on Tee Pee Records. In 2011, it shared a limited-edition 7″ of Nirvana covers, and the following year, released The Ballad of the Starchild EP. Naam’s sophomore album, Vow, came out in June.

Even with all the writing and recording, the members make time to tour around the world. Naam has been a supporting act for bands such as Nebula, Orange Goblin and Priestess, and did its first headling tour in Europe last year.

On Aug. 1, the band will make a stop in Scottsdale to perform at Rogue Bar with Asimov and Dead Canyon. Tickets to the all-ages show are only $10.

Read The Spec‘s interview with vocalist and guitarist Ryan Lugar below…

The Spec: Your debut LP was recorded during a 12-day stay at a secluded cabin. What was the recording process like for your sophomore LP Vow?
Ryan Lugar: For Vow we took a much different approach. Our producer Jeff Berner has a studio in Brooklyn called Galuminum Foil that we rented for about two months. Vow is a much more polished record because of this. The first LP had a very raw feeling, as it was done in a cabin and did not take a lot of time. This time we spent a lot of time experimenting with different sounds and tones as well as a lot of over dubbing and effecting the basic tracks.

TS: Would you say Vow has a particular theme? If so, what is it?
RL: Vow deals with the concepts of dark sexuality along with the inner struggles that this causes in a person. I also feel there is a spiritual and almost religious aspect of this which is most evident in acts of S&M. I really enjoyed, on a few of the songs, comparing the death of Jesus to an act of S&M. Before writing this record, we had been touring in Europe a lot. They have a very sexually driven culture there and it is in your face almost always. A lot of the songs are inspired by late-night walks through the various red-light districts and decrepit drug-infested areas.

TS: How does the album’s title correlate with the music?
RL: With the name Vow, we wanted to convey a dedication to one’s hedonism while also hinting at the element of spirituality. A vow is made to one’s master, whether that be a God or another human being.

TS: You released a limited-edition 7″ featuring Nirvana covers, how did this release come to be? If given the chance to do it again, what musician(s) would you cover and why?
RL: We are all children of the ’90s and Nirvana is of course the ultimate for us. I feel that Nirvana was the most truthful and introspective band I’ve ever heard. If given the chance to do another covers record, I couldnt say which way we would go. Definitely not something you would expect. Maybe Dave Clark Five or Hank Williams. Who knows.

TS: Even with your disgust in the “lack of heavy psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll,” so says your Tee Pee Records page, you must have some favorites. What bands, past or present, should people know more about and/or be listening to?
RL: That’s a weird question. Mostly because it’s from an old press quote that does not represent us any longer. We do not wish to always make heavy psyche anymore. With our newer past releases, I think this is evident. Anyway, I find all good music to be inherantly psychedelic, whether the band is Pentagram or Daft Punk. I always look for new ways of seeing this in songs, which makes the music that I listen to extremley varied. Currently I’m more into classic electronic music like Giorgio Moroder, Tangerine Dream or Klaus Schultz.

TS: You guys have toured a lot over the past few years, do you have any memorable stories or moments worth sharing?
RL: Haha, on our last tour, when we were in Stockholm, Eli [Pizzuto] had the pleasure of eating “The World’s Spiciest Hot Dog,” also known as “The Hell Dog” in Sweden. Now this hot dog is twice as hot as commercial pepper spray or mace. He was goaded into eating the thing by the rather rude staff who repeatedly called him a pussy for not wanting to try it. Not wanting his pride tarnished, he went for it. He should have known to stop when they started yelling “fatality” after his first bite, but he kept going and finished the entire thing. Safe to say this dog was spicy as Hell and Eli did not sleep that night. Instead, he spent his time hovering over the toilet trying to expell the demon dog. He turned his face to me once as I got him water and it was as swollen and red as if he had been repeadly punched in the face. Prolly the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. Good times in Stockholm.

TS: Why, or how, did you choose the name Naam? What does it mean to you guys today?
RL: Naam is an abstract name that has no meaning to us, but we have found it has meaning to many people in many languages and cultures. I’ve heard that it means things like name, river, yes or even one of the foulest curses.

TS: As an East Coast band, what do you like most about West Coast touring and fans?
RL: The east and west coasts are almost like different countries. Totally different culture and pace. It’s fun to be on the West Coast because people are so chilled out and appreciative, even if the slower pace is maddening to an easterner like myself.

TS: Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about the band, your music, or the upcoming gig in Arizona?
RL: We can’t wait to return to Arizona and hoping that the show goes off!

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