Quick, loud, and polite. The only words needed to describe Nashville-based, Rock ‘n Roll band, Lombardy. Comprised of four members: Jonathan Plevyak (Vocals/Guitar), Mike Scott (Vocals/Guitar), Nick Stafford (Bass), and Ryan Rasmussen (Drums). Lombardy consistently questions “What is Rock ‘n Roll?” And “how can we shake up the genre?”
Here at Beyond the Stage (BTS) we had the chance to sit down with Lombardy to discuss the group’s musical influences, their latest single “Hurricane”, and what we can expect from them in the near future.
BTS: How did your musical journey begin?
L: One night, we were out getting pizza to celebrate our drummer Ryan’s birthday. At the time we were listening to Rage Against The Machine; and began to feel that there are not a lot of new rock bands in today’s music scene, especially in Nashville. So, from our beliefs and curiosities, we all went home to write “Sally”. Soon becoming our second single within thirty minutes. On that night, something magical was created. And ever since that moment, something beautiful was born. -Jonathan
BTS: Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
L: We definitely have some grunge influences, like Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, as well as some classic rock influences, such as AC/DC and Led Zeppelin. But our taste truly diversifies. I’m into the blues and old-school country, Nick likes indie pop and the band Issues, Jon is a big fan of Americana/80s rock, and Ryan enjoys hip-hop and Cannibal Corpse. We’re an eclectic melting pot of sound & color and we wouldn’t have it any other way. -Mike
BTS: What was the inspiration for your song “Hurricane”?
L: The inspiration for “Hurricane” was a toxic relationship. The analogy of the storm sets the scene that you can’t always see the destruction of something when you’re in the middle of it. -Ryan
BTS: What is your favorite part of “Hurricane”?
L: “Hurricane” almost feels like a full-frontal attack of the senses, coming in with the booming riffs and snappy hooks. It’s difficult to choose, but if I had to pick, it’s all of the little details, the reverbs, and delays that move the song forward. -Ryan
BTS: What has been your favorite piece of music that you’ve created?
L: Off our debut album, I’d say my favorite is “Hurricane” or one we’re saving for the record called “Let It Go Down”. That’s our feel-good for the summer tune. Off the second album out later this year, I’d say “Never Gonna Get It”. It’s going to be the album opener and it’s what we’ve currently been closing our live shows with. It’s the definition of a badass statement song. -Jonathan
BTS: In the era of Covid, what was the production process like?
L: Thankfully, Covid hasn’t really affected our production process. The first record we did was all in-house. Literally. We cut the entire first album live and locked in a beach house in Destin, Florida. The process for record two was pretty much the same, but just secluding ourselves into a studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. – Ryan
BTS: Would you connect your personality to your music?
L: Absolutely. These songs have our personalities etched into their DNA. Everyone adds their own vibe, mark, and imprint. -Jonathan
BTS: What is your goal with music?
L: Our goal is to dominate and bring fun back into music.-Jonathan
BTS: Interesting, can you elaborate?
L: We strongly believe that our current-day artists are becoming too industrialized. They aren’t genuinely having fun or exhibiting a joy within their visuals and branding, everyone is so serious these days! That’s why I love what we’re bringing to the table. We’re injecting our goofy humor into our work. We want our listeners and fans to have as much fun as we are. -Jonathan
BTS: Can we expect to see an album shortly?
L: Absolutely! Our debut record will be coming out during the summer of 2021 and maybe, just MAYBE, we will have a second record coming up before the end of the year 😉 -Nick
BTS: What does 2021 have in store for you?
L: 2021 holds nothing but high energy from us. We will be releasing tons of music, videos, and content overall. We would love to continue playing as many shows as possible and hopefully hop on some festivals this year. -Nick
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