Louder Than Bombs released their new EP "This Can’t Be Everything" through Either/Or Records not long ago, and have causing a bit of a stir since. We caught up with the band’s front man Ryan to see what’s been happening in the Louder Than Bombs camp.
Start off by stating your name, your role in Louder Than Bombs and your favourite TV show at the moment?
Ryan and I front LTB. I don’t have a favorite “at the moment” show but nothing will ever touch LOST.
Can you tell us a bit about the history of the band for those who are unfamiliar with you?
We’ve been together since spring 2008 I believe. Been through a slew of member changes and played a ton of Michigan shows. We did our first tour last summer.
What is your fondest memory that you have with the band so far?
This is such a hard question. We all get along so well that every memory is pretty much a great one. One time when our old bass player Marcus was sleeping in the van he kicked a window out. That was pretty humorous.
You’ve just released your new EP “This Can’t Be Everything”, what was the writing and recording process like for the EP?
We had the first track “Frequent Liars” for a while before-hand and “Diligent For” was also a song then but it was totally different. We pretty much set a date we wanted to record and worked with that time frame and we exceeded our expectations. Recording process was incredible. Andy Nelson at Bricktop is one of my favorite people I’ve ever met. He was incredible and had a lot of great ideas for the record so I wouldn’t change it for anything. We got to spend about four days in Chicago and our last day there we played on our buddy Steve’s radio show there. It was one of the funnest weekends of my life.
Have you had much feedback about the EP so far?
Not so much. I hope to get as much as possible after this summer tour we have planned and the 7” drops.
Dave Mackinder of Fireworks sings on the last track “Cognitive Patterns”, what was it like working with Dave on the track?
Dave and I have been good friends for a while. Fireworks have been really good to us for as long as we’ve been a band. It was a no-brainer to ask him.
The EP was released through Either/Or Records, how did the deal with Rob at Either/Or fall into place?
My friend Nick from the band Citizen asked me if we would be interested in working with Rob and we were super excited about it. Rob and I had a few conversations and that was that. He’s a great guy. I think he has the drive to make either/or one of the next bigger indie labels.
Either/Or is going to be pressing the EP on vinyl, what made you decide to do a vinyl release?
I honestly feel so much more satisfied with vinyl. The whole layout of records just looks amazing. I don’t think it’s even possible to explain until you have a record of your own. It feels great.
Do you feel that vinyl releases are the most relevant way for bands to release music at this moment?
Honestly, I do. I think people cherish records more than they do CD’s. I think the internet destroyed CD’s. Everyone owns an iPod now and can just download a record through iTunes or anywhere else on the internet. Nothing sounds like a record.
Will the band be touring more frequently now that the songs are out there?
We’ve been talking about going “full-time” for a while now. I definitely think this upcoming year we will be touring as much as we can. Anything thrown at us we’re down to do. We want to tour with everyone.
Does the band have any plans to put out any more releases this year?
We were just talking about this actually. I think we’re going to be recording some time in September or October. If that happens like we are hoping. Then it’s possible to have a late 2011 release
Who are some bands that you recommend we should be checking out?
Light Years, Turnover, Yesterdays, City Yards, and Citizen.
There have been some pretty impressive records released so far this year, and there are many more to come. What releases have you enjoyed so far, and what are you looking forward to?
Favorite so far is Fucked Up – David Comes To Life. It’s my favorite record that has come out in probably the past 5 years. The new Swellers is incredible. New Fireworks blows all the pop-punk bands out of the water in my opinion. And new Rival Schools is also perfect. I’m looking most forward to new Into It. Over It probably. I just recently got into him and I love his stuff. Plus he’s recording he’s new record with one of my favorite engineers.
What is your view on the Detroit scene at the present moment?
Black Iris does most of the booking. They book us also so we’re pretty close. I think the scene is pretty strong right now but it goes in and out every few years. I’d say right now is the best it’s been in a while though as far as the amount of people showing up.
Who are some bands that you enjoy playing shows with, and some that you would like to play with but haven’t yet?
I love playing with Light Years and Fireworks. They’re our friends so it’s always the best. I want to play with Weezer.
Do you have any goals that you would like to achieve with the band?
Put out records and tour. I’m in a band with four of my best friends. What more could I ask for?
Thanks for doing the interview, any last words or shout outs?
Carlos Ruiz. Thanks guys.