“Moody progressive rock ‘n’ roll that tells a story… edgy, dark, classic. Sometimes sarcastic, maybe a bit cynical with a touch of humor, sometimes moody and serious.” This is how guitarist and composer from Sedona in Arizona, Lanes Laire describes his work.
Lanes recently released an album titled “Resurrection of Black,” and about it he talks in the interview above.
Alright, first things first. Before we dive into all the music stuff, how’s life?
Great question….life is awesome! I’m grateful that I can do what I do and of course for my family, friends and fans that support me.
Speaking of new music, you recently released an album. Are you satisfied with the reception you received for “Resurrection of Black” so far?
Absolutely! The response has been overwhelmingly positive. I’ve been told the album has a certain flow and by the end of it, you’re left wanting more. It’s also been described as cinematic and a few fans told me it’s a great “road trip” album. I’m really happy with the feedback so far.
What was it like working on the album?
This album is special to me because I went back to my musical roots and resurrected songs I had written many years ago. I performed them in various bands at the time, but eventually shelved them. I went through other musical ventures, however things tend to come full circle, which prompted me to go back to my musical core and do this album. I felt the timing was right to bring these songs back plus I feel they are just as relevant today as they were when I first wrote them.
When the project began, the first step was laying down bass and drums so I hooked up with drummer Gregg Bissonette and his brother, bassist Matt Bissonette and recorded all their parts. From that point on, I was able to build on top of that foundation and craft the songs the way I had always heard them in my head. Even though the recording process was frustrating at times because I wanted everything perfect, the creative process flowed well. It was cool to experiment with different parts and soundscapes and incorporate them throughout the album. Needless to say, from the moment I started to the moment it was completed, Resurrection Of Black took over my life. But I am pleased with the end result.
Are there any touring plans in support to “Resurrection of Black”?
I’m planning on a few select shows in 2016. Details are still being worked out but we are planning start the tour in Los Angeles.
While we’re on the subject of touring, what countries would you love to tour?
I would love to tour Europe. I’d like to play in Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, U.K., just to name a few. I’d also like to tour Japan, Brazil, Chile, Argentina and do more shows in the United States.
Who and what inspires you the most?
There are a lot of bands and artists that have influenced me in one way or another but the few that stand out are Gary Numan, Pink Floyd and Jean-Luc Ponty. I first heard Numan when Replicas came out. That album was edgy and raw and really got me into synths. I’m still a fan today. As for Pink Floyd, those guys were the masters. When I started to seriously write music, I didn’t realize at the time my writing style was similar. Once I heard Pink Floyd I thought “ahh…that’s how it’s done…” The moods the music creates and the well orchestrated songs are second to none.
I was exposed to Jean-Luc Ponty early on in high school. That was my introduction to jazz fusion. I was blown away by his mastery on the violin. The music was great and the things he did with effects and delays inspired me. I grew up listening to The Beatles so they are also influential. Other bands I listened to were Genesis, ELP, Yes and Cheap Trick.
What other genres of music do you listen to?
I’m pretty eclectic. I listen to classical music. I also like jazz and listen to Horace Silver, Pat Metheny and some of the big band greats. I like The Gathering and also enjoy Anneke Van Giersbergen’s projects she’s been involved with since she left The Gathering. I enjoy hard rock like Metallica and Chevelle and also R&B like Stevie Wonder and Al Green.
Have any of the other genres you listen to had any impact on your playing?
I think so. Whether consciously or sub-consciously we hear things that other people have done and they do make an impression. I may hear a riff or maybe a chord progression and think it’s really cool. Sometimes it inspires me to try something new or experiment with other sounds or styles.
I really appreciate you giving us your time today. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us and the fans before we wrap things up?
I think the best way to enjoy Resurrection Of Black is to listen to it from beginning to end in one sitting. You really get to experience the flow of the album. Thank you for having me. It has been a great pleasure talking with you today!