Gimme Your Answers 2: An Interview w/ LUNGS


LUNGS‘ MC Lord Magrão and Suzie Blake capture a delicate and divine slice of dream pop in their latest single Not Mine. Being one of LUNGS’ first interviews back in early 2013, it was a pleasure to catch up with the duo once again. With a debut album set for release in 2014, LUNGS and AMBY had a chat about dreams and nightmares, evolving as a band, and the forthcoming LP.

AMBY: It’s been months since we last spoke with the band. How are you both doing?

LUNGS: Hey Alicia, we’re good. It’s nice to be back on AMBY! We’ve had a busy year. Two 7″s and lots of exciting things planned for next year. It’s hard to believe you were one of the first people to interview us when we had those demos up on SoundCloud at the start of this year.

AMBY: What have you been up to the past week?

LUNGS: Last week was full on as we had our launch party for Not Mine. We had it in the old warehouse in Hackney. It was very real. Very dirty.

AMBY: You begin recording a debut album in early 2014! What can fans expect to hear from the LP?

LUNGS: Hmmm … yes. Sort of. We have something a little bit different planned. We can’t give away too much, but it involves lots of free stuff, lots of parties and lots of collaborations.

AMBY: Is there a working title yet for the album?

LUNGS: I like Mother, Magrao doesn’t. Let’s just leave it at that shall we.

AMBY: What was the inspiration behind the unique video for Loner?

LUNGS: The director, Lucy Watkins, says it’s meant to be an expression of the thoughts inside each of our heads, our demons, then the coming together of those thoughts. Kind of like two dreams or nightmares coming together.

AMBY: What’s the story behind your new single Not Mine?

LUNGS: In terms of the way it was written, it actually started out as a very heavy grungey sort of song, but as we developed our sound we kinda lost that, so it’s a bit more floaty now. We wrote it in our lounge last year (like most of our stuff) and it’s a good example of the direction we’re heading so we figured it would be a good one to release on vinyl. Lyrically it’s about a woman who doesn’t know how to love someone she needs to love.

AMBY: How do you feel you’ve evolved as a band since the release of Calling My Name?

LUNGS: Calling My Name! You must be one of the few people who got that as a free demo download, right? Ummm … we’ve evolved a lot. I guess we’ve worked out where we want to head now. Sometimes it’s like picking the wheat from the chaff. Working out which songs are us and which ones aren’t, then saying ok, this is our sound. It’s hard because we started out as this really dark heavy grunge band, then went quite dreamy, now we’ve found a space somewhere in the middle, with a bit of electronic and trip hop too …

AMBY: Has there ever been a song you wish you wrote? And if so, which song?

LUNGS: Rid of Me, PJ Harvey. I love that song so much. So affecting.

AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to LUNGS at a gig?

LUNGS: Well, I’m not sure this is particularly funny, but we were half way through our set, mid way through Not Mine in fact, and a girl in the audience started having a fit. She was convulsing and I remember just looking down from the stage thinking ‘what on earth is happening!’ Anyway (and we can laugh about this now because the girl is fine) the paramedic said ‘it could have been the music’. So now our live show comes with a warning.

AMBY: What’s the best release of the year?

LUNGS: We both quite like the Young Fathers album. Magrao is obsessed with the new NIN.

AMBY: And lastly, what is the best part of being in LUNGS?

LUNGS: The love.


Thank you LUNGS, for giving us your answers!

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Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout

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