LUNGS are such a cool band that when you first hear their music, your mind goes to sensory overload. With a sound that is spacial yet sonically balanced, their music is both trippy and ethereal. Magrao & Suzie, collectively LUNGS spoke to AMBY about the state of modern music, feminists and a special collaboration.
AMBY: For those who haven’t had the pleasure of hearing you, how would you describe LUNGS’ music?
M: Thanks that’s nice of you! It’s a hard one. To be honest, I feel too close to it to be able to describe it, but I guess maybe sonic, dark and dreamy.
S: Yeah, I’m not sure how to describe it. I think it’s pretty dark. I think it’s easier for others to describe your work – I think we’re too deeply involved to be objective.
AMBY: Which artists inspire you as songwriters and musicians?
M: There are too many too mention. Main ones would probably be Sebastião Salgado, Kevin Shields, Cormac McCarthy, Enigmar Bergman and Salvador Dali.
S: Musically and artistically in general I am inspired by a lot of feminist artists. Feminists in general really. People like Barbara Kruger, Tracey Moffat, Cindy Sherman and Vanessa Beecroft – their work is really interesting to me.
AMBY: What are your feelings about the state of modern/mainstream music?
S: A complete and utter disaster. A sham. A tragedy. The public are being treated like fools and I think they’re more intelligent than what the corporations presume. The artists making up the top 20 bastardise the very term. People like Rhianna and Cheryl Cole are not artists, they’re celebrities. However, with change comes opportunity. If the true artists leverage the current state of music to their advantage then we could see a renaissance. A backlash. A rebellion perhaps. Here’s hoping!
M: What she said.
AMBY: Calling My Name is a fine song, what is the story behind it?
S: It sort of just evolved. It was actually the first song we wrote together. I think it’s about a girl who is tired of being messed around, she’s getting rid of the past and moving forward independently. I think maybe she didn’t love herself very much before, but she’s realised that in order to be happy she needs to.
AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?
M: The albums that changed my way of thinking about music were Nirvana, In Utero, Radiohead, Kid A and particularly Sonic Youth, Daydream Nation.
S: I don’t think any album has changed my life, but 3 albums I listened to during a particularly changeful period in my life were Bjork, Post, Beastie Boys, Check Your Head and Portishead, Dummy.
AMBY: What do LUNGS have planned for early 2013 and is there an album in the works?
M: We’re working on our live shows and writing. Hopefully we’ll have an album or at least an EP out by the end of Spring.
AMBY: What’s been on your iPod as of late?
M: Liars new Lp WIXIW, Wax Tailor, Warpaint, TV On The Radio
S: I was listening to lots of PJ Harvey and XX at the start of last year. Nothing in particular at the moment. Nothing new at least.
AMBY: If you could invite any three people to dinner, who would you choose?
M: David Lynch, René Magritte and Tom Waits
S: At the one sitting? Jesus, Buddah and Muhammad. Let them have it out once and for all then maybe we’ll have world peace and put all those wars behind us.
AMBY: If you could create a law that everyone would have to follow, what would it be?
M: Be nice.
S: If you smile at someone they must do the same in return.
AMBY: What is the best song of 2012 so far?
M: Nothing worth mentioning.
S: Whoever won X Factor. That song, apparently.
AMBY: Lastly, tell me something about LUNGS that nobody knows yet.
M: We’re collaborating with a special musician from Portland, Oregon.
Have a listen to LUNGS’ awesome track Calling My Name below. And of course, thank you so much LUNGS, for giving us your answers!
Alicia & Yaz Atout