DAVID BROOKINGS and the Average Lookings (interview)

He is getting the best reviews ever for his latest release. Sweet Sweet Music talked with David Brookings about David Brookings and the Average Lookings. This one is from Power Pop heaven.

 

What was the biggest fun during the making of the last album?

The fun thing about this album was the crew we worked with. Our engineer / producer really got the retro vibe I was going for with the sound, and he liked a lot of the same bands I like (Oasis, Badfinger, Fountains of Wayne, etc.)

If we want to know you, which song do we have to listen to? And why?

On the new album I would say ‘The Optimist’ or ‘Time to Go’. But this is my 7th album, so for overall I would say to listen to ‘Sand in the Hourglass’, from the 2nd album. It’s about not giving up, and that’s my whole thing .

The music industry has changed a lot (or so they say). What did it bring you? And what not?  

Tough question. Well, it brought me a great job working as a tour guide at Sun Studio in Memphis, TN. Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Howlin’ Wolf all started their careers in that legendary place, and it was an honor to work there>

The outro on Don’t Stop to Doubt Yourself comes from soft rock heaven. Or is that a stupid thing to say?

Ah Thanks. That is a fairly simple 3 chords played over and over again, and then my brother-in-law played the guitar solo on it. He’s such a good player. He just went in and nailed it

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Were you expecting all those great review when you finished the album? Did you knew you had something?!

The reaction and response has been tremendous. It just came out a week ago, and I was hoping people would like it. Yes, I’m very proud of this one. But I’m a little surprised at all the new friends and people I’ve met because of it. I just keep writing songs and putting out music, because that’s what I know and love. I’ll always keep at it .

She tells you she will decide on a 5-song-mix tape if there is going to be a second date. Which 5 would you put on?

OK, if I were picking 5 songs. This could change on any given day, but here goes…(1) Hold on Tight by ELO (2) I Love LA by Randy Newman (3) Jumpin Jack Flash by the Rolling Stones (4) Someday by the Strokes (5) Sadness is a Blessing by Lykke Li.

What’s up for the next couple of months?

We just got a great gig opening for Bryan Adams in a few weeks. So we’re excited about that. Other than that, hopefully will keep having things happen with the new album, and start writing new songs.

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