Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, lead singer Luke Pilgrim of pop rock band Last November stopped in with LA’s The Place while gearing up for the band’s first west coast tour, to share his destined love with In & Out Burger, how he longs to play scrabble with Mick Jagger, and confirms the rumors that a new Last November album is in the works for 2010. As one of the most watched bands to come out of the south in years, Last November can currently be heard on over 100 radio stations nationwide, and have the #1 requested record on 99X in Atlanta. It only seemed fit for the band to start expanding to the west coast, and Los Angeles is one of the first cities the band is determined to conquer. Last November will be playing Thursday, September 24 at The Key Club in Los Angeles, and will be stopping in various other cities in Southern California on the tour including San Diego and Bakersfield.
LA’s the Place: Welcome to LA! Is this the band’s first time playing in LA?
Luke Pilgrim: Sure is. First time in the city of angels.
LATP: Who has influenced you the most in your career?
LP: Bob Ross. Because of his calm, patient nature. Remember “The Joy of Painting?” Good stuff.
LATP: What is your personal favorite song off of your current album “Over the Top or Under the Weather?”
LP: I get this question a lot, and I can never answer it. It’s like saying “who is your favorite, your son or your daughter?” If I pick one, the other songs will resent me and grow up with serious baggage and personality disorders.
LATP: What inspires you to write your songs? Any subject in particular that you tend to gravitate to?
LP: Everything inspires me! Books, Films, TV shows, relationships, I just try to write lyrics people can relate to and live through. That is the point of a song to me, it’s an escape.
LATP: Do you have any favorite spots to go to in LA while you are here on tour?
LP: Well this time I imagine we’re gonna hit some cliche tourist attractions. Don’t judge, it is our first time! We want it to be magical like losing our virginity… simultaneously. But we really want to go by In-N-Out burger. We’re huge Big Lebowski fans.
LATP: What is your favorite part about being in a band? Least favorite part?
LP: Touring and meeting friends on the road is the most rewarding part. Least favorite part is probably my sleep habits. I never sleep, either because we are on the road and no one sleeps on tour, or because I’m obsessing over a new song or idea, and I just can’t sleep.
LATP: What is the craziest thing a fan has ever done?
LP: This wasn’t really a crazy fan moment, but it was interesting. This guy almost hit Ty in the head with a beer bottle when we were in South Carolina. The guy was being kicked out for biting a girl on the butt, and he wasn’t very happy about it so on his way out he flung his beer bottle and it just barely missed Ty’s head. Taylor was the only one who saw it, Ty and I were rocking and didn’t even know about it until after the show.
LATP: There are rumors that a new album will be coming from Last November in early 2010 – can you tell us anything about it?
LP: There might be something to that rumor. All I can say is the conscious molecule returns over a wizard goldfish…. no I’m just joshin’ ya. Yeah, we’re working on some new tunes right now. However I don’t know when we will be releasing anything. We’re still in the demo/pre-production phase and we haven’t decided on a producer yet. I am super excited about the new songs though, and we’ve been trying some of them out on the road. Who knows, we may throw one of these tunes up on MySpace so keep your eyes peeled.
LATP: If you could play with any artist dead or alive, who would it be and why?
LP: I would like to literally play with an artist. Like play scrabble with Mick Jagger, or twister with The Polyphonic Spree. Wouldn’t THAT be something?
LATP: What is up next for Last November?
LP: We’re making a zombie film. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LastNovember (@lastnovember) so we can keep you up to date!
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Written by Lanee Neil