Indie supergroup Left Area Messiah—composed of Steve Bays of Sizzling Sizzling Warmth, Jeremy Ruzumna of Fitz And The Tantrums and Erik Janson, previously of Wildling—are again with the music video for “Feels Like Summer time,” which they’re completely premiering with AltPress.
The trio began working collectively in 2020, combining their veteran tastes, experiences and backgrounds into one nostalgia-inducing journey—laced with blossoming synth traces, relaxed guitar licks and Bays’ signature dreamy vocals. “Feels Like Summer time” could also be your soundtrack for the subsequent few months, with its upbeat dance rhythms and only a trace of melancholy. The advanced nature of the music makes this music a must-add to your June playlist.
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Previous to releasing this single, LFM put out “AM Moonlight,” “Younger Libertine,” “Traditional Feeling” and “Fuzz Machine.” All of those vibrant tracks brimming with ’80s influences will seem on the group’s forthcoming debut album, In Reward Of Bombast, obtainable on DSPs June 18.
Take a look at the brand new music video beneath. Moreover, you possibly can learn an unique interview with frontman Bays on the upbeat single, the creation of the trippy “Feels Like Summer time” visible and far more.
So, if you three met at a songwriter’s workshop, how do you know that you simply had been a superb collaborative match for one another?
I may inform that each of their instincts had been actually much like mine. I cherished each single factor they performed. After which they each got here to the session with a bunch of cool pedals and keyboards. They had been into issues that made issues sound lo-fi. So, you play a couple of chords that you simply’ve heard one million instances, however you run it via this outdated movie projector and, unexpectedly, it sounds such as you’re within the Sixties or one thing. They had been each tremendous chill, they usually each had a number of drive however not in a narcissistic, sociopathic, “I want fame” form of means. They simply genuinely are such followers of music, so their drive is to attempt to make nice stuff.
You all come from indie band backgrounds and have discovered main success with earlier initiatives. What’s totally different about this venture when it comes to the inventive course of, time spent writing, and many others.?
We simply do issues precisely the best way we wish to do them and we make each step of the method satisfying and to see if if it might probably by some means get out into the world with out all the everyday type of methods to market your self. So, the whole lot is an excuse to do one thing bizarre and enjoyable. There’s this advantage of that comes with being OK if one thing doesn’t succeed, which I feel that’s the place we’re at.
We wish the music to get on the market as a result of we’re so enthusiastic about it. If it doesn’t succeed, we’re going to maintain doing what we do as a result of it’s our favourite factor in life. There are such a lot of methods in your consideration to be grabbed in 2021. So I’ve at all times simply been like, “Nicely, what’s the frenzy?” Artwork is rarely completed, solely deserted. However we must always all agree, “OK, we’re able to abandon this and transfer on.” That is probably not the everyday timeline, however I’d relatively simply at all times have a unifying taste and really feel to the whole lot we put out.
So, how did this single come collectively?
As a result of they stay in L.A. and I’m in Vancouver, we’d simply have these quick little writing classes the place we’d do one or two songs. The writing and recording half has at all times been actually quick for us. It’s extra just like the constructing of [a] chunk of clay. It’s been simply tremendous enjoyable, pure [and] straightforward. After which how we sculpt that into what it turns into is the factor that we have a tendency to pull our ft on. I used to be there for 3 nights, and the primary two days we did “AM Moonlight.” We wrote and recorded it in at some point, and it was mainly full the subsequent day, together with combine and the whole lot. After which [for] “Feels Like Summer time,” we had been so enthusiastic about “AM Moonlight” that we weren’t actually pondering like, “Oh, we have to write a second time earlier than you go house.” However it was identical to a magical time there.
We had been staying at Jeremy’s place, journal cutouts [were] far and wide and we had been like, “We have to do a band photograph.” Proper earlier than I needed to catch my flight, we had been simply engaged on it proper up till I left. We arrange the digital camera on a tripod, obtained just a little band photograph and Jeremy and Erik had been like, “Wait, we’d like a bridge.” So I sang the bridge seconds earlier than I walked out with all of my luggage. I used to be identical to, “Oh, I hope it’s OK.” [Laughs.]
What made you resolve that “Feels Like Summer time” was the fitting single to drop forward of the album?
You at all times have the songs which might be your favorites. Then you’ve one that folks react to, they usually’re not at all times essentially aligned. I cherished “Feels Like Summer time,” however I didn’t consider it as essentially a single on the time as a result of not each music is usually a single. Everybody that I performed it for would come again and be like, “I’ve had that music in my head continuously.” And even the singer of Mentioned The Whale, Tyler [Bancroft], mentioned, “You performed me ‘Feels Like Summer time’ annually in the past, and I’ve been singing ever since.” It’s good when the duty to decide on what music you place out subsequent is taken off the desk as a result of it’s onerous. Each music is your child. And it’s onerous to say, “That is my favourite child.” [Laughs.]
How did the video come collectively into its last psychedelic and colourful kind?
This video was the results of exploring a wide range of visible curiosities, 17 hours a day, for 10 days straight. All I knew was that I needed it to appear to be a transferring model of one of many collages I’ve made for our singles and album artwork. I had some informal phone-shot green-screen footage from all of us, however the whole lot else needed to be created out of [the] footage [that] I’ve collected from corners of the web. I then manipulated [it] time and again until it appeared like one thing I may name my very own.
Much like how I acquire magazines to later use for artwork, I additionally acquire video information of miscellaneous topics and textures that I really feel would possibly come in useful at some point. The video is an assortment of transferring photos that match the Left Area Messiah aesthetic. The result’s layers on layers of outdated TV screens, broken movie shares, ripped newspapers and digital scan traces. I mix that with our telephone footage, together with trippy ’80s video synth results that I make utilizing DJ video remix software program, over-processed via numerous different apps. I start to create a panorama. As soon as I’ve a bunch of fascinating issues created, I then spend days rearranging them in numerous positions and actions till they start to inform a narrative.
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