Pre-Album Release Show Chat with Lovers League

New(ish) Philly folk outfit Lovers League is preparing to release their debut album at Johnny Brenda’s on June 26th. With a full lineup including Hezekiah Jones, New Sweden, and the Spinning Leaves to open, and the seal of approval from the Philadelphia Folksong Society, the night is sure to be one that folk music lovers won’t forget.

In anticipation of the killer show, Rock on Philly got to ask the folksy folks of Lovers League a few questions. Read on to find out what vocal/guitar players Dani Mari and TJ McGlinchey and bassist Christopher Davis-Shannon have to say.

Rock on Philly: Brand-new, debut album, woohoo! What do you think this album will show to the world about Lovers League?

Dani Mari: I think this album will show the world what can happen when artists collaborate with each other. I love the magic that we created by working on this album together.

TJ McGlinchey: I think this album will show the world how amazing we sound when we have the full use of a professional studio and the help of my brother Daniel McGlinchey who produced, engineered, and mixed the album. And the songs are really great.

Christopher Davis-Shannon: DOMINATION. world domination.

ROP: Do you have a favorite part or favorite song off of the album?

DM: I really like the song “It’s Alright.” All of the songs on the album were either written by myself or TJ and performed as duets with the exception of this song. TJ and I co-wrote the lyrics on this song. Brad Hinton’s performance glued the sound together and enhanced what we were all creating in this song.

TJ: I love the bridge on “Take Me to an Island” mostly because I played an excellent nylon string guitar solo and that song is just very sexy and makes me want to do sexy things.

CDS: “Take Me to an Island”, mainly because I nearly froze to death in the isolation booth trying to record a song about a tropical island.  Thanks, TJ.

ROP: With such a nicely stacked lineup for the release show, is there anything in particular about the show that you’re really looking forward to?

DM: I’m really looking forward to hearing Hezekiah Jones. I fell in love with his music as soon as it was introduced to me. I’m also looking forward to seeing The Spinning Leaves and New Sweden. It’s been a while since I had the chance to see them live.

TJ: I’m hoping that Hezekiah Jones and The Spinning Leaves do some tunes off of their collaborative record The Spinning Joneses and Hezekiah Leaves. That’s a great CD. I love  “The Crab Song“!

CDS: Hezekiah Jones, always, Hezekiah Jones.  I hope they play “Cupcakes for the Army“, it’s all I really want out of life.

ROP: It’s early, I know–but what are Lovers League’s plans after this album release? Any big shows coming up, future album plans, anything like that?

DM: We are playing the 2nd Street Festival, Cornstock Festival and a few other shows this summer. We are planning on going on some tours this year and will start working on a new album soon.

TJ: We have Cornstock Festival to play in August. I’ll be at camping out at the Philadelphia Folk Festival as per usual, fingers crossed on them asking us to do a set. Other than that, we’ve got some stuff in Brooklyn over the summer and are planning an East Coast tour for next Spring. Oh, and we should probably start working on the next CD…

CDS: Back to world domination.  I wanted to include a Pinky and the Brain quote, but I’m going to restrain myself.

The debut album is available for pre-order on Bandcamp. Pre-order it now and receive two early tracks, “Cowboy“, and “Thinking it Over.” Rather have the physical album? Don’t forget to check in on Lovers League’s world domination progress and pick up your copy this Thursday at Johnny Brenda’s. With such a great line-up and cheap tickets, what do you have to lose?

Johnny Brenda’s is easily accessible by SEPTA, located only a few blocks from the Girard stop of the Market-Frankford Line. Doors for the show open at 8PM, and music starts at 9PM. Tickets are $10, available online or at the door.

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  1. Pingback: Special Preview: Lovers League, “Thinking It Over” - Rock On Philly

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