Sad in the City: A Conversation With Detroit’s Lemix J. Buckley By Anthony Spak

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Please introduce yourselves (full name, instrument and where you’re from).

Bradley Lockhart – Low End, Wayne, MI
Alex Bazzi – Tom Juke, Manhattan, NY
Gage Welch – Strings/Voice, Westland, MI
Joshuah Gill – Strings/Voice, Perris, CA

Where does the name Lemix J. Buckley come from? It reminds me of Lynyrd Skynyrd in the strangest way.

Gill: Gage’s dad actually had a band in the 80’s called Lemix J. Buckley and the Psychedelic Void Jumpers. It’s more than a name, really; it’s a legacy that we’re carrying on. Our van is The Psychedelic Void Jumper.

The first time I saw Lemix J. Buckley was this past spring at Bled Fest in Howell. What has the band been up to since then?

Gill: Playing Bled Fest this year was very cool. Since then we’ve put out a full-length album on Esque Records and are about to start on The Esque Records Tour out in California.

What is your favorite song to play live?

Bazzi – Soon to be “Wind, But.”
Welch – “Where’s Gage?”
Gill – “Water Dog,” “Blue Hair.”
Lockhart – “Speak Honestly.”

There are some heavy themes at play in your songs, emotionally speaking. Who writes the lyrics? When do you write?

Gill: Gage and I write the lyrics, only when we’re by ourselves. Everything’s brought together and just seems to blend.

Studies have shown that listening to melancholy music when you’re sad can be therapeutic. Does this apply to playing Lemix J. Buckley songs?

Gill: Absolutely. Being sad is a real thing we all experience. We’d hope that people can listen to our music and know that someone else understands how they feel on some level.

Your new album, “In Service of a Feeling,” is available on your Bandcamp for $10. Why charge for it?

Gill: We’re not expecting to get rich or anything like that. We’re just trying to push this further than a local thing. A lot of money and work went into the album and we’d like to take it as far as we can! It’s as simple as just trying to do what we love for a living and taking the first steps in that direction.

What sounds outside of music inspire you?

Welch – Fans and cat meows.
Bazzi – Steps and stomps, birds.
Lockhart – Solid farts and dogs scurrying across a wood floor.
Gill – Steven Wright’s voice and Alex coughing uncontrollably after hitting the blunt.

What other Detroit-area bands are you into

Gill: We LOVE Mover Shaker, Narco Debut, Antevorta, Welman, Bobbi Palace, Alchemists and Adventurer. Probably more but my mind is feeble.

Your songs can become very technical at times – especially with the guitar tapping. How often does the band practice?

Gill: Not as often as we should (oops!).

Facebook lists your style as “Professional Emo.” Tell me more about this term.

Gill: We just keep it pro and entirely too sad (laughs). There’s nothing to it, really. We’re just cheeky bastards.

What is your favorite Taking Back Sunday album?

Gill: We just debated for a good while between “Louder Now” and “Tell All Your Friends.”

Lemix J. Buckley has nearly a month’s worth of touring through October. How do you plan on keeping yourselves busy on the road?

Gill – Talking in movie quotes and confusing people. Brad brought Bop It Extreme 2.
Lockhart – Hacking and Plato’s “Republic.”
Bazzi – Passing wind turbines, Taylor McFerrin and Animal Collective
Welch- Yu Yu Hakusho, Deathnote and vaping hard as fuck.

 

 

Lemix J. Buckley’s new album, “In Service of a Feeling,” is available on Bandcamp.com. The band will tour with Kurt Travis and Amarionette with Strawberry Girls in support of their new record. Dates for these shows are listed below.

9/29 Fresno, CA @ Strummers
9/30 Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk
10/1 Upland, CA @ Gideons Hall
10/2 San Diego, CA @ The Che Cafe
10/4 Tempe, AZ @ 51 West
10/5 El Paso, TX @ The Press Club
10/6 San Antonio, TX @ The Korova Basement
10/7 Dallas, TX @ The Prophet Bar
10/8 Houston, TX @ TBA
10/10 St. Petersburg, FL @ Local 662
10/11 Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
10/12 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
10/13 Woodbridge, VA @ Fearcliff
10/14 Harrisburg, PA @ The Champ
10/15 Boonton, NJ @ Boontunes
10/16 Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall
10/18 Wareham, MA @ Wareham 3065
10/19 Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room
10/21 Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot
10/22 Berwyn, IL @ The Wire
10/26 Salt Lake City, UT @ Billboard Live
10/27 Las Vegas, NV @ Backstage Bar

 

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