byteclay.com recently sat down with Boston based band The Life Electric. The band, who has been on Boston’s rock scene since 2011 has released the Calico EP and their self titled album. The band is now on the verge of their proudest moment yet–their third album entitled The Real You, a collection of emotional, story-telling rock songs that evoke that Americana rock scene that’s been missing from the pop saturated music world.
byteclay.com’s Robert Frezza talked to lead singer Joey Chehade and guitarist Ben Leang on how the band initially got together, the state of rock music, and the influence of David Bowie.
Is the Life Electric still based out of Boston? Or did the band venture out to Hollywood?
Joey Chehade: No, we are still very much east coast and have yet to make that jump to Los Angeles. I do not know if we ever will. I don’t know what the future will ever hold, but right now our interest is in staying on the east coast.
Ben Leang: We have a lot of friends out in L.A. and we would love to be out there as much as possible, but Boston is home. We know everybody here. It’s a good place to find ourselves.
How did the band get together originally?
BL: We were in separate bands that dissolved at the same time. A mutual friend of ours helped us connect with lead singer Joey Chehade, who tried out for the band seven times. Clearly Joey was the strongest one by far though.
JC: I think it was based on a personality thing. Lead singers are generally lead singers.
What direction is the new album The Real You aiming for? It sounds very rock arena-esque.
JC: I think you are pretty spot on because the feeling the band wanted to create is arena-style rock songs, where people are really feeling it.
BL: We share a lot of the same influences with our producer, Brian Charles. Obviously David Bowie was a huge influence on many, if not all of the songs.
It seems like many rock bands are underdeveloped these days and record labels put out one to two songs off albums.
JC: I agree that rock bands are underdeveloped today. It’s difficult, but bands need at least one hit. They don’t even need a whole album. There are also a ton of good bands out there under the radar that the public do not get to hear.
BL: From what we see, from local clubs, bands are not being invested in, especially with the decline of the music industry. I think Adele is the exception—she is doing timeless music.
Who are the band’s influences? I hear a lot of Foo Fighters in the band.
JC: We get that a lot. I really like the Foo Fighters. Early Beatles, Radiohead. Everything I like is really melodic.
BL: The Beatles, U2, and Spoon are major influences on us.
Speaking of emotion, who/what was the first single, “Gone, Gone, Gone” off The Real You about?
JC: The song is about always looking for the next big thing. If you do that without any sort of perspective, you miss everything else that is happening in the moment. I set the song up for a couple. One half of the couple wants to stay and the other half is ready to leave the relationship and is on that constant search.
The Life Electric was born in 2011—what is your biggest accomplishment thus far?
BL: Our biggest accomplishment right now is our new album. Another big accomplishment was that we opened for the Neon Trees.
JC: The best is yet to come. The album is something we are very proud of when it is released.
The Life Electric’s new album The Real You is out in March.