Formed in 2020 during the lockdowns enforced by the COVID-19 pandemic, punk and post-hardcore band LS Dunes are ready to share their new music with fans in person.
The band — consisting of Circa Survive and Saosin vocalist Anthony Green, My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero, Coheed and Cambria guitarist Travis Stever, and Tim Payne vom Thursday on bass and Tucker Rule on drums — wrote and recorded during this time virtually to keep the project in check until his band name appeared on the poster as part of the lineup for Chicago’s annual Riot Fest in September.
Since then, LS Dunes have performed at festivals to support their singles “Permanent Rebellion”, “2022” and “Bombsquad”. While the band is releasing their debut album, Past Lives, on Friday, November 11th on Fantasy Records, the band plans to celebrate their labor of love during two Southern California shows at the Garden Amp in Garden Grove on November 12th and The Troubadour in West Hollywood on November 14th November.
“I don’t think any of us initially thought that this[band]would be anything other than fun,” drummer Rule said in a recent phone interview. “We didn’t even know if the music was coming back or when it was going to come back, so we were just all people who were hungry to write music. If anything, this was an exercise in keeping our minds sharp and challenging ourselves with writing.”
Before things shut down, Thursday had just flared up again and committed to playing a string of shows after an opening set for an also recently reunited My Chemical Romance took place at The Shrine in Los Angeles on December 20, 2019. With the momentum suddenly halting, Rule said he wasn’t quite sure what to do with himself, but he didn’t have idle hands for long.
“I bought some recording equipment during the pandemic because I thought live music might not come back and if people wanted to put out records or write songs I could remotely give them drums,” he said.
Rule spent weeks watching videos on YouTube learning how to properly set up a home studio and how to mic his drum kit. One day Stever sent him a guitar riff to play along with and the idea of actually starting a new project began to germinate after rehearsals for Thursday’s Christmas 2020 livestream event. Rule and Stever practically teamed up with Iero to get extra guitars and tapped Payne to play bass. The quartet started writing different parts of songs and shared them via the cloud, but they still didn’t have a singer.
“We just decided that Anthony was going to be our vocalist,” Rule said after the band finished the song “Antibodies,” which he noted was a good way of imagining Green’s singing as they worked on the song. “He didn’t know that yet, but we decided it for him. We didn’t want to just send him a song and say, ‘Hey, sing over it,’ so we waited and wrote a bunch of songs.”
“I didn’t even tell him who else was in the band,” he said. “He thought they were like my neighborhood friends. But the first song he finally signed was “Antibodies,” and he picked that one out of the blue, so we knew we had ammunition to say, “Hey, you’re definitely signing for this band now!” He knew no, he didn’t have a choice and we didn’t have a second choice, so either he went down or the whole ship went down.”
After the pandemic restrictions were lifted and the boys felt more comfortable, they met in person at a New Jersey studio, which led to them writing two new tracks at the last minute. Iero shared with the guys a guitar riff he had been working on and they decided to flesh it out immediately and released the single “Permanent Rebellion”.
“I’m glad we did, and often those last-minute songs are my favorites,” Rule said. “Right after we did that, Frank had a different riff and it was like this little doo-wop-y, ’50s-sounding, dangling riff, and that ended up becoming ‘Sleep Cult.’ Those are my top two songs, but they’re all my favorites on the album. I can’t choose a favorite child.”
In the end, the band recorded the final versions of the songs with producer Will Yip – who has worked with bands like Turnstile and Quicksand – at his Philadelphia-based Studio 4. While Rule didn’t say the traditional way of doing things, the virtual route LS Dunes took in 2020 and 2021, where they quickly shared music together, gave each of his players something to look forward to in an otherwise dark time. He compared it to when Thursday wrote his second album, Full Collapse, more than 20 years ago.
“This album captured the youthful spirit that we had back then, that youthful energy,” he said. “I think because of the immediacy of everything we did and the speed with which we tried to share and tinker with these songs just because we were so passionate about them. I think that process made me kind of fall in love with writing and making music all over again.”
While each member is busy with their other bands, Rule said that LS Dunes is a full-time project and they will continue to treat it as such. Some of the guys will be doing double duty as some of their other bands may also get billed at certain festivals, but they’re all up for the challenge. LS Dunes currently has UK shows booked for early 2023.
“We’re going to make it work,” he said. “We are all people willing to work hard. Our first show, at Riot Fest, Frank opened the show with us and closed it with My Chemical Romance, and I played two sets at Aftershock Festival, so that’s going to happen every now and then, but that’s what we do. We are (power) musicians. A lot of people left this industry because the touring is hard and the music is hard, but we’re the roaches of it (expletive). You can’t kill us.”
When: 6pm Nov 12
Where: Garden Amp, 12762 Main Street, Garden Grove
Tickets: $35 at Ticketweb.com
Likewise: 7 p.m. Nov. 14 Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. Sold out, but some tickets were still available through second sellers.
https://www.ocregister.com/2022/11/08/formed-virtually-hard-hitting-rock-band-l-s-dunes-is-ready-for-live-audiences/ Virtually Formed, Badass Rock Band LS Dunes Are Ready For Live Audiences – Orange County Register