Driven by powerful guitar riffs and fast beats, the band manages to exert hard rock n’ roll in its purest form led by the roaring voice of frontman Kyle Lucky on their new album.
We chat to them about their new album, touring and more:
Channel24:How did you guys meet and how did Dead Lucky come about?
Dead Lucky:Jean and Kyle lived together in Stellenbosch in 2008 and we later became friends with Alex, as he was playing in another punk band in the scene called "Mutiny". Kyle met Chris through working together at the Shack in Cape Town, and Jean met Thunder while touring together with Good Night Wembley! and The Black Cat Bones.
Channel24:Describe your music in one sentence.
Dead Lucky:Loud, fast, driving music you can party to.
Channel24:You recently released your new album, Sons of Lazarus, tell us a bit more about that. Has it been well received, how long did it take to record, what was the inspiration behind it?
Dead Lucky:It has been well received worldwide on all platforms, digital and print. We have had some amazing reviews from Metal Hammer (UK and Germany), Legacy (Germany), and so forth. It took us about two months to totally finish up the album. We made sure that we dotted all the i’s and crossed all the t’s. We were always focused on writing an album that we would like to listen to and weren’t that focused on if it would be well received or what the listener would think about it. For us it was purely self-medicating.
Channel24:Who writes the songs, what do you guys write about and what is your songwriting process?
Dead Lucky:All the lyrical content is written by Kyle. Songs normally start out with us playing around with a riff or two, and then building on it. We do not necessarily go into a session with a specific writing plan. Shit happens naturally, but we do focus a lot on hooks in our riffing.
Channel24:What do you guys do when you’re not making music? Do you have day jobs and what are they?
Dead Lucky:Kyle is a barman, Thunder is a full-time musician, Jean studies online at Berklee, Alex works in marketing and Chris does sound design for films and commercials.
Channel24:What’s the one thing you never go on tour without?
Dead Lucky:Grandpas and Disprins and Corenza C.
Channel24:What do you do to relax while on tour?
Dead Lucky:We drink and play drinking games.
Channel24:We know the saying "what happens on tour stays on tour" – but can you maybe share one of your craziest tour stories with us? (maybe a crazy groupie story?)
Dead Lucky:One of the craziest things on tour that has happened was Alex getting so drunk before a show that halfway into the first song of our show, he passed out and had to be carried off stage, and we continued the show as a four-piece.
Channel24:If you could collaborate with anyone in the world who would it be and why?
Dead Lucky:Motörhead. Self-explanatory.
Channel24:What’s next for the band?
Dead Lucky:We are busy planning a 6-month worldwide tour throughout Europe, UK, Australia and the States, but we might be pressed for time, because we want to release a new album in 2016. So it looks like we will probably aim to release our next album in June. Apart from that, we cannot elaborate more.
Who in the band always parties the latest? Jean.
Who in the band takes the longest to recover from a hangover? Kyle.
Who is the most responsible driver in the band? Alex.
Favourite venue in SA? Bohemia, Stellenbosch.
Favourite winter drink? Brandy and Coke.
For more info on the band like their Facebook page or visit their official website.
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