So I didn’t think twice when I left L.A. for a day to head to Santa Barbara for Loomis & The Lust’s show at the Cold Spring Tavern. Usual nonsense, made sure I had my gear, my wits, etc. What I didn’t know is that I needed my passport. It was a two and a half hour trek crawling up the 101, but with the promise of good music lingering in the air- I was ready to rock.
Until, that is, I got a disturbing phone call from L&TL’s liason. She proceeds to tell me that she’d like to prepare me for the drive. I had apparently signed up to drive up a crazy windy mountain pass, and then when it can’t go higher, take a left onto a teeny tiny biker-ridden road to get to the tavern. Which- coincidentally, is a popular biker hangout! I…totally fit right in. She then advises me to stay calm and look for “the cute boys” when I get there. Well, that’s specific.
Being the intrepid reporter I am I located the only van in the middle of hog heaven, which belonged to none other than BNB.com’s friends The Stone Foxes- who had come down from S.F. to play with the S.B. boys! They pointed me in the right direction and I was soon GPSing my way through bikes, logs, copious amounts of beer glasses, and bandanas to the staging area- where the fun began.
BNB: Alright let’s make the rounds- introduce yourselves!
Will Loomis: I’m Will Loomis and I sing and play guitar.
Mike Dapra: My name’s Mike Dapra and I play guitar and sing a LITTLE bit.
Noah Babcock: Noah Babcock, I play bass- and sing every now and again.
Anthony Sonetti: Drums.
BNB: So you guys have a new album that came out! What’s it called & what’s the single off of it!?
L&TL: It’s called Spacecamp and the single is A.D.D.
BNB: Available on itunes and such?
Loomis: Well on youtube the video’s actually doing pretty well right now.
Dapra: The whole album’s available on itunes.
Loomis: But you should definitely see the video cuz it kinda brings the song to life!
(check out the video here!)
BNB: Nice! So A.D.D.- what praytell was the main inspiration for that?
Loomis: (yelling over bike engines and general chaos) Well, I have A.D.D. so I was writing from personal experience.
BNB: Haha, so now is that applicable to the whole album- the A.D.D. thing?
Loomis: No, that’s the one kind of funny song on the album- the rest is pretty much just straightforward rock and roll.
BNB: How did the rest of the songs differ from your first single from back in the day, “Bright Red Chords”?
Loomis: Hmm…I think we got a little bit crazier with the lyrics.
BNB: So this is…..not your usual venue! What’s your favorite venue to play for a show?
L&TL: And birthday parties.
BNB: And what pray tell would you do for a Klondike bar?
Babcock: Oh god…I would kill somebody for a Klondike bar. Straight up murder. No wait, I didn’t mean that.
BNB: Not at all? No incriminating evidence!
BNB: So who would you say are your main musical influences?
Loomis: Well, I know we all like Led Zeppelin. As far as sonwriters go, probably Johnny Cash for me.
Sonetti: Steve Jordan.
Babcock: Pantera, Zeppelin.
Dapra: All the same as these guys, and one that I failed to mention is the Smashing Pumpkins- I love the Smashing Pumpkins. I love their songwriting ability.
BNB: Nice! You are all stationed in Santa Barbara- do you play mostly around here or in L.A.?
Loomis: We play all over- Portland, Denver, Vegas, Salt Lake City, San Fransisco- all over!
BNB: Fun! Any upcoming tours?
Loomis: It’s NOT confirmed, but we might MAYBE get a slot opening for OK GO! this coming Fall I think. And then in September we’re going to do a short tour in California, playing at a bunch of high schools.
BNB: Sunset Strip or Sunset Junction?
L&TL: I’d go with that one (Sunset Junction) seems cooler.
BNB: What major festival would you all want to play?
Sonetti: Redding Festival
Loomis: I lived in New Orleans for a couple years so probably like VooDoo Festival. I’d like to go back.
L&TL: Big Day Out, Leeds.
Sonetti: Yeah I’d rather go and play a festival in Europe- way more people!
BNB: So now Will- what’s your fave song off the album right now?
Loomis: A.D.D. Just cause…
BNB: Cause you have A.D.D.??!
Loomis: Well yeah, and also it’s gotten like the best response of all the songs probably- and it was the one I like, almost didn’t record- the one that I thought was like the weakest song. But, people are responding to it the most. The video’s already gotten like almost half a million hits on youtube- and its only been up a week!
BNB: Awesome! Any closing remarks?
L&TL: Hope you enjoy the show! You going to stick around?
BNB: Dude- I just spent 2 hours in a car- I’m not going anywhere!
The guys were nice enough to let me tag along backstage- and by backstage I mean a patio overlooking a creek- where we bonded over avoiding bugs until their set. The boys all live together in a house and the chemistry is evident onstage. I was left unattended while the guys got ready to rock- and thank god I got a standing room spot up front because the Cold Spring Tavern goers were not messing around. They came to get down and dirty with Loomis & The Lust.
Now usually when I say they had people of all ages rocking- I mean primarily 18-28 years of age range. Now today, I mean people of ALL ages. I saw a four year old spinning like a top to the catchy tunes as well as older couple and EVERYTHING in between.
The chaos really erupted when the boys serenaded us with their newest single “A.D.D.” & their OG single “Bright Red Chords.” I have to say, even I couldn’t hold still!
Granted the venue was nothing like I expected, I had an absolute blast kicking it with these kids. It was more than a welcome change from the usual scene, and the pop rock foursome know how to have fun- and play great music.
You can check out their tour schedule at www.myspace.com/loomisandthelust and catch “A.D.D.” on youtube.com- even those with the attention span of a goldfish will want to watch the whole thing!
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