Hi, Lydia: Catching up with the Arizona indie-rock band playing Orpheum on March 23

Its new album, 'Liquor,' sees release in the summer.

click to enlarge Lydia, which plays Orpheum in Ybor City, Florida on March 23, 2018. - High Road Touring
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Lydia, which plays Orpheum in Ybor City, Florida on March 23, 2018.

Lydia's fans shouldn't expect to get too Liquor-ed up when the Arizona indie-rock band comes to Orpheum in Ybor City as support for UK emo darlings Moose Blood (playing its only Florida show).

Frontman Leighton Antelman says that his band will only play one or two songs from its forthcoming album due on July 18.

"Which is good," he explained in a short email exchange with CL. "I think people want to hear those."

Antelmen also talked about band lineups, what fans can expect from the new album and more. Read our short Q&A and get more information on the show below.

Moose Blood w/Lydia/McCafferty 
Fri. March 23, 8 p.m. $19-$30.
Orpheum, 1915 E. 7th Ave., Ybor City.
More info: theorpheum.com

I feel like you brought extra players on that Fall 2016 tour — has anyone from that tour joined the band?

That was a one off tour that we simply wanted to try bringing strings out on. It was a lot of fun but it wasn't intended to expand the group going forward. It was a blast and I think it could most certainly be something we bring on the road again.

In a previous interview, you mentioned being a little freaked out when parts of the recording process start to unravel or get out of control. Who'd the band work with for this one, and were you able to keep it all reined in?

I think the recording process it more or less supposed to be a bit of a shit show and stressed out at certain times. This one was no different. I think "some" chaos is needed to capture good art. We worked with and did the majority of this record with Eric Palmquist out of LA. He has a great ear for what we were looking to accomplish. So it was a nice fit.

"Let It Cover Me," "Goodside" and "Lie To Me" all have a certain anthemic and polished sound that is similar to stuff from Run Wild. What's kind of changes in the Lydia camp and the songwriting process should fans be looking for when they listen to the new album?

We are all still the same song writers as Run Wild so I would imagine some of the tunes will have similarities. While at the same time we of course never want to write the same record. So we do enjoy pushing the weirdness and experiments on songs. This record is no different in that sense. Overall I'd say it maybe sounds a little more thought out, we took our time making this one.

You're still months out from the release of Liquor, but you'll be on tour with Moose Blood. How strong is the itch to get out and play these songs for people? What can folks expect to hear and see from you on this tour where you are direct support?

We are actually playing 1-2 off this new record out here with Moose Blood. Overall fans will hear a lot of old songs as well. Which is good as I think people want to hear those. Along with that we are certainly looking forward to doing a headline tour around the record release a few months down the road.

I'm a big fan of Pro-Teens, but what other Arizona bands would you recommend to Florida people?

I'll be honest I haven't kept up to date with my AZ bands, I'm sure you Floridians could actually recommend some to me...Cheers!

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Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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