By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Lofi Uppercut, a guitar-drums indie rock band based out of Montreal have released a new song called “State Of Mine,” taken from their new nine-track album ‘Venice Beach Serenades.’
The group is composed of vocalist/guitarist/bassist Bruce Thomas and drummer Eddy Cola, along with help from keyboardist Phil Clarke.
Thomas and Cola bonded closely upon the Montreal indie scene as former bandmates in other acts in the mid-2000’s before they separated after recording one track in 2009. Recently, they reunited as a duo in Venice, Calif. and played a handful of shows before they recorded ‘Venice Beach Serenades,’ described as a “live-off-the-floor album.”
The Music Bugle had the chance to talk with Thomas about “State Of Mine” and more.
Music Bugle – How would you describe Montreal to someone who has never been there before?
Bruce Thomas – A city on an island built around a mountain immersed in various cultural influences. Great place to work and play!
Music Bugle – How did the band get its name?
Bruce Thomas – My buddy, Stu Smith of The Track Street Growers, who played lead guitar in one of the band’s incarnations and I came up with the name, signifying that although we don’t have much in the way of gear, we still pack a punch in terms of hitting the listeners with ample heart and soulful music.
Music Bugle – What excites you the most about indie rock?
Bruce Thomas – The idea that DIY credo can produce unique musical results.
Music Bugle – What was your mindset when creating the song “State Of Mine”?
Bruce Thomas – To say something interesting in a unique way that takes influence from our incredible electric guitar-based songwriting heritage.
Music Bugle – What was the biggest challenge while making your new album ‘Venice Beach Serenades’?
Bruce Thomas – Getting the songs pocket-recorded with a good take that included all the rhythmic and harmonic nuances I hear in my head.
Music Bugle – If you had the chance to chat one-on-one with one of your musical influences, who would you choose?
Bruce Thomas – Mark Hollis.
Music Bugle – How have you guys been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Bruce Thomas – No touring. We live in different cities, so it’s “fragmented.”
Music Bugle – What’s something people should know about the band?
Bruce Thomas – All the members are ambidextrous.
Music Bugle – What do you hope to accomplish within the next year?
Bruce Thomas – New album and gathering listeners one at a time by hopefully turning listeners into fans and fans into sound ambassadors.
Music Bugle – What was the hardest song for you guys to write?
Bruce Thomas – “By Animate,” because of changes, dynamics and instrumentation.