Strange Lords - Cannoneros
Got a new set of short, hard blasts from my pal, punk Floridian Waylon Thornton:
Anytime I have a new release or project, YVYNYL is one of the first places on my mind to send things. You’re always interested in the story behind the record, the real human interaction, or in some cases, the lack thereof. That’s hard to come by in music journalism nowadays, and it’s greatly appreciated.
This record I’m sending you is by my newest band, Strange Lords. I’m on guitar in this one, with Andrew Seward (ex-Against Me!, Human Parts) handling the drums. Andrew and I had actually never met prior to working on this together. We were Facebook friends and I had a handful of guitar tracks that weren’t being put to use, so I sent out an all-call to anyone interested in putting drums to them and he got in touch with me. Once he sent me the first finished track, I was blown away. I’d always known Andrew as a bassist, never as a drummer, but the dude has serious chops, and we had to keep going. A few weeks down the road and we had nearly a complete album, but still hadn’t met. After tossing around a few possible band names (Crypt Witch being a close second,) we landed on Strange Lords.
The opportunity came to play our first show as Strange Lords and we jumped on board. Our first practice was our first time hanging, and things locked in very well. Andrew is very groove oriented, as am I. Rock n’ roll is all about the flow, not so much the details, and within less than an hour we had our entire set fleshed out and ready to go.
I’m not sure where things will go with this project. We’re both family oriented, devoted parents, and I think our days of living on the road might be behind us, but that’s largely a part of the appeal for me; working with someone who has similar priorities brings a lot of patience and understanding to the table. If things never go beyond us bouncing tracks back and forth and playing the occasional shows around Florida, I’m 100% cool with that. Playing a show near the beach? Bring the families along and kick it.
Maybe it’s not anyone’s idea of what “rock n’ roll” is, or maybe it’s “dad rock”, I don’t know. I don’t really care, to be honest. We’re having a good time and making records that we’re stoked on, and like any good rock n’ roll band, letting it flow.
As my father in law would say, “ride, motherfucker, ride”. That’s essentially the mindset behind Strange Lords.
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