Sweet Sweet Music talked with Joey Holbrook and Ralph Thompson about The Lash Outs’ new release Validation Song.
“These songs merely express a common dude’s observations on consumerism and spoiled young people combined with the familiar themes of fear, anxiety, and social ineptitude.”
Find out what else they have to say about this Punk-Power Pop – Rock gem.
What was the biggest fun during the making of the last album?
If we want to know you, which song do we have to listen to? And why?
Joey: I’m more of an “album guy” than a “song guy”. If I had to pick just one song then I would say “State of Excess” (the title track) because it exemplifies the general theme of the album, or at least the second half of the album.
Ralph: I’d say check out “Don’t Know Why” as it demonstrates the progression of the band wrapped up in a tight, two and a half minute nugget. Who doesn’t have two minutes to spare?
The music industry has changed a lot (or so they say). What did it bring you? And what not?
We don’t make much money from digital sales and streaming music, but we’re just glad that people are listening to our songs. If we were “in it for the money” then we wouldn’t be playing rock music. We would have implemented a drum machine or a ukulele by now. Gotta stay current, you know?
Ralph: The model for “local” bands now allows a little band from Dallas, Texas to reach folks all over the globe, yourself included. We’re grateful it allows us to connect with bloggers, podcasters and fans who enjoy similar music. There’s nothing not to like about this model – like Joey said, we aren’t focused on making money. We’re more interested in reaching people who enjoy our stuff.
Who is the best musician in the world nobody has heard of yet? And why will this change very soon?
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?
Joey: I’m married now and have been with the same girl for eight years, but I’ll try to pretend that I’m making a mix for a friend in need. This ultimatum is pretty out of line though. Honestly, I’d probably just tell my friend to forget about this girl. Go play video games or read a book instead.
5. The Ramones – I Want You Around
Ralph: To answer this question correctly I’m going to have to take myself back to college….
5. Weston – New Shirt / Heather Lewis
What’s up for the next couple of months?
Joey: Hopefully, more writing and home demoing. I’ve heard musicians say that they try to write a song every day. That’s unfathomable to me, but I wish that I could do that. It takes me about a month to write a song and demo it before presenting it to the rest of the band. We’ve got a few new tunes in the bag though.