Comprised of John Davis (ex-Superdrag and current Epic Ditch singer), Brandon Fisher (ex-Superdrag guitarist), and Nick Slack (Epic Ditch drummer), The Lees Of Memory are set to soon release their debut album Sisyphus Says. With some stellar offerings already released, we were pleased to ask The Lees Of Memory’s John Davis about starting fresh, the story behind their name, and the upcoming album. Here’s what he had to say to us:
AMBY: Hi John, cheers for speaking with AMBY. What has the band been up to lately?
J: Well, our 45 (“We Are Siamese” b/w “Open Your Arms”) came out on Velocity Of Sound about… 3 weeks ago? So, we’ve been trying to let as many people know about that as we possibly can, and let ’em know where they can go get it. Beyond that, we’re just trying to sort out the best way to release the full-length.
AMBY: You have an upcoming full-length which is supposed to come out in 2013! Is there a release date yet?
J: Ha nothing definite as of now, whether or not it’ll actually jump off in calendar year 2013 is anybody’s guess. That could totally happen, though!
AMBY: For the album, what’s the working title and what can fans expect to hear from it?
J: As of right now, it’s Sisyphus Says; if forced to choose right this instant, I’d go with that. Somebody on Twitter described it as “a beautiful faceful of sound.” As far as what people can expect, I don’t think I could put it any better than that.
AMBY: The members were previously in some great bands. What’s it feel like to, in a way, start fresh?
J: It feels right.
AMBY: What inspired the cover art of the 7″ single?
J: The Resurrection.
AMBY: Where did the name The Lees Of Memory come from? And what other names had you considered for the band?
J: Well, Brandon came up with the name; the lees are what’s left on the sides of a wine vat after it’s fermented. Other names? Well, Gone Places was one. Gnarhammer was another. I was shocked to find Gnarhammer wasn’t already taken, but it didn’t really fit the aesthetic, so it got 86’d.
AMBY: What did you listen to growing up, and what have you been listening to lately?
J: Oh man, what didn’t I listen to growing up?!! Jazz, I guess. Beyond that, I listened to everything! The first LP I ever bought with my own money was 1999 by Prince & The Revolution, though. Jazz didn’t really click with me until about 6 years ago. Lately, I’ve been listening to Hurts To Laugh Gnarbage and the VU records with John Cale.
AMBY: What’s the best release of the year?
J: Sisyphus Says, of course! ha ha That’s if we can pull it by December 31.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about The Lees Of Memory that nobody knows yet?
J: That Twin Peaks is our biggest influence.
Thank you The Lees Of Memory, for giving us your answers!
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