Lois and the Love on Carl Barat, ‘Game of Thrones’ + ‘Love Is Louder’
Some bands get together in high school, jamming in their garage until they head off to college and leave their big rock and roll dreams behind.
For Lois Winstone and Dean Sharp, it was a little different.
Knowing each other since they were in the sandbox, the two lost touch then reconnected many years later only to find that they had a common passion -- music. After meeting up to jam, what was meant to be a simple reunion turned into Lois and the Love.
Composed of Winstone (vocals), Sharp (vocals, guitar, keys), Oli Longmore (bass) and Eddie Banda (drums), the London rockers have been hard at work on their debut album, Love Is Louder -- which hits the streets in June -- and are ready to share it with the world. Having played with the Libertines as well as supporting Carl Barat and the Jackals, they are ready to take over the globe.
But before they do that, Winstone and Sharp took some time to chat with us about hitting the road with Barat, Winstone's acting history and the band's new record. Check out our interview below:
Let's start at the beginning. How did the band get together?
Dean Sharp: Lois and I met up through Facebook after not having seen each other for about 12 years -- we’ve known each other since the age of three! She asked me what I had been doing with my life, and my answer was, “Music.” She replied with, “Snap!” We agreed to meet up for a jam session, which eventually led to us penning some of our own material, and eventually starting up a band together. The band went through various incarnations before it became what it is today, but it's always been me and Lois at the helm. I knew Oli [Longmore, bassist] through a couple of other bands I’d been playing in, and I thought he'd be perfect for this project. We met our drummer, Eddie [Banda], through an audition process.
Who did you listen to growing up that influenced your sound today?
Sharp: Too many to list, but I would have to say a lot of early '90s grunge, '70s disco ... and '60s pop! To mention but a few: Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Blondie, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Guns N' Roses ... more recently the Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Blur.
What's your first musical memory?
Sharp: When I was three my parents would play the Beatles' 20 Greatest Hits record on repeat. I got to learn all the words right away and was taken away to another realm by all the harmonies. I would also sit up in my bed late at night listening to the Beach Boys on my Walkman pretending I was playing in a concert. My only other earliest musical memory is the “Rainbow Song” by Kermit the Frog. I love that f---ing frog!
What's the story behind "Pinocchio"?
Sharp: "Pinocchio" is about escaping your every day, mundane life and getting away to a different nebular -- away from all the lies, all the bulls---, all the animosity and hatred. It's about telling people that love literally conquers all. It's stronger than anything you can possibly imagine ... just like our band!
Lois, you're not only a singer but you've also acted. How do you approach music versus acting? Is it different?
Lois Winstone: They are both different ball games. I haven't acted since Game of Thrones last year. I've been putting all my energy into my music and the album release this year. It is always important to keep creative in every spectrum, without spreading yourself too thin.
What was it like to be on Game of Thrones?
Winstone: It was a wonderful experience. I'm a huge fan of the book. My dream part would be to play a warrior or queen like Boudica or Harley Quinn in Batman.
You also come from a pretty well-known performing family. What do they think of your music?
Winstone: They love it. They're rockers themselves; so they always come down to the gigs.
Love Is Louder is out later this year. What's a track on it that you're really excited to perform live?
Winstone: “Child of God” is pretty epic. We have thrown this into the end of the set and it's going down a storm with the crowd.
And the most memorable song you worked on for the disc?
Winstone: “Silently.” Wrote this in Damon Albarn’s Studio 13. Youth orchestrated it, and it was made in an hour.
You guys had a chance to tour with Carl Barat and the Jackals. What was that experience like?
Winstone: Frightfully romantic.
What's your favorite track from Barat?
Winstone: “Glory Days.” Such a crazy beautiful song.
What's one thing you learned from touring with them?
Winstone: Dirty Pretty Things.
What are the plans for 2015?
Winstone: World domination.
Make sure to stay up-to-date with everything happening in Lois and the Love's world -- and get ready for Love Is Louder to drop later this year -- at their official website.