If you weren't aware, Lovedrug is easily one of my favorite bands of all time. They've just released their third LP, The Sucker Punch Show. Read this interview and see if you can pick the brains of this enigmatic group.
PPJ: First, tell us your name and what you do in the band.
Michael Shepard: My name is Michael, I'm a Capricorn, I play guitar, piano, and I sing.
PPJ: You just released your third LP, The Sucker Punch Show. Did you ever think Lovedrug would make it this far as a band?
Michael: Yes... But I never thought it would take this long to put out three records.
PPJ: Where did the phrase "The Sucker Punch Show" come from?
Michael: It's my synonym for life.
PPJ: What went into writing and recording the new album?
Michael: A lot of smoking, drinking, weekend boardroom meetings, and general disarray... but mostly we just thought a lot about what we wanted to write and we sat down and wrote it. It always turns out different anyways.
PPJ: How do you think your music has grown or changed over the years? How is The Sucker Punch Show different from what you've released before?
Michael: The music has evolved into its teen angst stage. I'm looking forward to the hipster stage mostly.
PPJ: What do you think of people comparing Lovedrug to bands like Coldplay, Radiohead, or even Foo Fighters?
Michael: That's very flattering. Those are great bands... which we sound nothing like. Regardless, it's still a compliment, I guess. So.. I don't really mind it. People are more comfortable with comparisons anyway.
PPJ: What's your favorite song you've ever written?
Michael: Right now it's "Blood Like." It's my most confessional to date. It's the window to my soul right now. But soon it will close and change so.. there's that.
PPJ: Would you change anything about any of your records if you could?
Michael: No... and yes.
PPJ: You guys were briefly on a major label before returning to The Militia Group. What happened there?
Michael: We got eaten up, spit out and almost permanently shelved. But we got out with our necks somewhat intact though, so no worries.
PPJ: How did you get signed to TMG in the first place?
Michael: After Rory (the owner) saw us play a gig in NYC.
PPJ: You're on tour now with former labelmates Copeland. What are you most looking forward to on this tour?
Michael: Hanging out with old pals.
PPJ: What are your plans after the Copeland/Lydia tour?
Michael: Headlining, Europe, more writing...another record.
PPJ: What do you want people to take away with them when they hear your music?
Michael: A sense of honesty and confession that hopefully will be appealing.
PPJ: Finally, tell us three bands you think we should be listening to.
Michael: Kings of Leon, Rihanna, Donovan.
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