Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Chelmsford band The Lucettas to find out more about them…
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
We are a four-piece (Frontman – Tommy, Drummer – Sam, Lead Guitarist – John and Bass player – George) band from Chelmsford, Essex. The band started with school friends Tommy and John playing as an acoustic duo in local venues, they then planned to find a drummer. They then met Sam through a friend. Sam then referred the band to his school friend, bassist George, The Lucettas was then fully formed and started to perform collectively.
The band name was chosen when Tommy was reading a novel by Thomas Hardy named ‘The Mayor of Casterbridge’. Within the novel there is a character named Lucetta, it was then decided that the band should be named after the character and, in turn, landed on the name The Lucettas. The band name was chosen when only Tommy and John were performing as a duo and coincidentally the character Lucetta shares the same surname as drummer Sam; Templeman.
We love your EP, Mustard, what was the influence behind it?
Mustard was an important record for the band as it symbolises our starting point and holds a lot of raw quality within it, it is a record that was vital in the band’s career and was influenced by many things but most significantly, Mustard was influenced by the feelings of excitement and new beginnings within the band. Our newest record ‘What’s Good?’ is a follow up from Mustard and one that we feel is a more established record and one that shows how our art is forever changing and adapting, we are proud of both EPs.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
We each have many different influences so it is difficult to identify our most significant influence. However, one common influence we hold comes from bands like The Who, The Rolling Stones and The Kinks. We may not exactly replicate similar sounds in all of our work, but these bands have undeniably influenced us in some shape or another. We do also find some influence from more contemporary artists such as Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Arctic Monkeys, Jake Bugg and Catfish and the Bottlemen, to name a few, but in all honesty we feel that every bit of music has some artistic features which we can learn from and be influenced by, so our influences are very broad as we try to seek inspiration wherever we can.
How would you describe your sound?
We like to define our music as the manifestation of Brit-pop, indie rock and mod revival’s love child living within contemporary times.
What’s your local music scene like?
There are a lot of positives about our local music scene, but like everything there could be some improvements, we feel that there could be more establishments designed purely for live music in Chelmsford. Essex as a county on a whole, has a very positive music scene, there are many opportunities for young musicians to display their art up and down the county, also with BBC introducing in Essex, which has been very helpful for us. Also one advantage about being based in Essex is having relatively easy access to London, which famously has a great music scene.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Well we have very recently released our latest EP ‘What’s Good?’ so we plan to travel and gig promoting the EP as much as possible. Starting with The Roundhouse Festival in Dagenham on 29th August. We would like to release some more singles in the New Year but for the immediate future we plan to gig and continue to write original material.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
We all have different ideas about which musicians we would like to collaborate with because we all have different influences for each of our instruments. We would like to work with producers like Rick Rubin and James Ford because they have produced some of our favourite records of recent times.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
If you want to listen to something different, something rare and raw, something with passion running through it’s core then our music is what you need. We are on a mission to achieve our goals and we’d love your help and support to get there, it means everything to us.