What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
Armed with his trusty guitar, his good friends Reggie Mace on bass and Dalton Mace on drums, and a penchant for penning high-energy anthems, Luke Messimer has recently forged ahead with his love affair with music, breaking out of his solo work to create the Boise-based indie-rock band MESSIMER. On October 6, 2018 the band released their debut single, “I Know I Should”, from their forthcoming LP, due mid 2019.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
“I Know I Should” is a song about when you enter the last year of your 20s and you look back on all the mistakes, lessons learned, and regrets of the past decade. I personally had a pretty crazy time in my 20s that involved moving 13 times, touring in many bands, drinking far too much bourbon, falling in love, quitting the bourbon, making amends with those I hurt, getting married, buying a house, getting a dog, and settling down. It’s been quite the journey and this song really sums it all up.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
Music-wise I am constantly inspired by the music of Jack White, Rufus Wainwright, Brandon Flowers, Muse, and of course the greats such as The Beatles, The Zombies, and The Beach Boys. I also love taking walks and people watching. Sadly I’m not much of a book reader, though I’m well aware I should be. Different art forms definitely inform my decisions musically. A beautiful picture of a city skyline or a challenging movie will put me in a certain mood that I can then draw from to create a song. I think we’re always being inspired as long as we have our eyes open.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
Genres hardly exist now and I can’t honestly say that we sound like anyone else, though I don’t think many artists do these days. Subconsciously we’re hearing all different types of genres and so we tend to take a little bit of everything. I’d say if you’re looking for honest music that doesn’t rely on a computer to create its sounds, we’re a good place to start.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Albums: Elephant by The White Stripes, Abbey Road by The Beatles, and Want Two by Rufus Wainwright.
Movies: The entire series of Black Mirror.
Books: The scripts of the entire series of Black Mirror.
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Studio. Always. The space to create and explore weird ideas and experiment is very attractive to me. Live is fun, but it’s a lot of loading and unloading and soundchecking and waiting around and hoping a crowd is there and sweating and…well…work. Recording in a studio never feels like work. It always feels like we are free to do whatever we want in whatever way we want. It’s amazing. If we could stay in the studio forever, we would.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
I was once in a band that played a show in Bakersfield, CA where the stage was in a dirt lot behind the bar and made out of plywood and was simply placed over a giant hole in the ground. That story is neither funny nor unique, I just wanted to comment on how awful Bakersfield is.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
I would pick The Last Genesis ( Ft Nicollette Vaughn) , the reason is because it’s mixing all the elements of Xeresa, the guitars, the strings, the electronic beats, the epic, the driving bass lines, the amazing guests, it doesn’t sound like anyone else.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
We are going into the studio over the Winter to write and record our debut full length record. Hopefully we will release that next Summer and do some regional touring. Like I said, if we could just stay in the studio forever we would, but the reality is we have to take this show on the road. Not just because it’s the only way to spread the word these days, but also because I truly believe our show is one that shouldn’t be missed.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
Photos credits: Taylor Mace
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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