Q&A: Brooklyn based band The Britanys talk touring experience and new mixtape

Q&A: Brooklyn based band The Britanys talk touring experience and new mixtape

Written by Katherine Villa

From the apartment of their four-piece share in Bushwick, to the stages of New York and further beyond, The Britanys have created a distinct, alternative sound and a captivating live show performance. Comprised of Lucas Long, Lucas Carpenter, Jake Williams and Steele Kratt, their 2017 EP “Five a Side” won them praise for its unique blend of indie-rock effortlessly cool attitude. Their arsenal of new songs, such as  their recent singles “When I’m With You” and “Yer out of Control” show a band unwilling to rest on its laurels, and their newest mixtape “1-833-IDK-HTBA” is a raw, energetic body of work about no longer being able to manage personal connections — yet somehow always being able to forgive. Recently having returned from their London tour, it is only the beginning for The Britanys, but that makes their future all the more exciting. Artistry Magazine had the chance to chat with band member Lucas Long over the phone, to talk about musical influences, being overseas, and the future of The Britanys career.

Photo by Sophia Ragomo

Artistry Magazine: I know a lot of people compare you guys to bands like The Strokes, how does that make you feel?

The Britanys: I think people are too quick to come to conclusions. Yes, people have full access to YouTube, and I can look up and see what bands in the 50s and 60s sounded like. That being said, I don’t think music should be compared to other music. It should be experienced, and people should have their own understanding of it.

AM: Your UK tour is coming to an end soon, is there a noticeable difference between the audiences here in the states and overseas?

TB: I do think there is a greater interest in guitar music overseas. Guitars in the United States have become a little bit more obsolete. I grew up listening to artists like Beyonce, and also a bit of Usher [laughs], but in the UK, they had the Libertines and more rock bands, so I feel like the guitar is a bit more relevant, and you can see that in the way the crowd reacts for sure. In the end, I do feel like it’s all a matter of creating a lively atmosphere for the audience.

AM: Favorite dish or meal you’ve had while being overseas?

TB: Unfortunately, the only places open super late at night were grocery stores. There was this really great falafel place in London, but I can’t remember the name. I was surprised by the amount of vegan places there, so it was hard to find normal pizza [laughs], I prefer the states when it comes to food.

AM: Have you had a show that absolutely blew your mind? What show was that?

TB: The biggest show that we played was in Mexico. We were very fortunate to have that experience. We also used to watch YouTube videos of people performing at Bowery Ballroom in New York City, and so the first time we played there was amazing and still very memorable.

AM: If you guys could tour or collab with any artist, alive or not, who would it be?

TB: I’ve heard the ‘‘who would you have dinner with?” question a lot, and I think dinner with Leonardo Da Vinci would be sick! Music wise, It’d probably be someone like Bob Marley. It’s so hard to decide — I think Billie Holiday would be cool and possible Damon Albarn!

AM: After the release of your most recent mixtape, what’s your next move?

TB: We’re going to record a proper album. The time has come [laughs]. The mixtape was more of an exploration, and now, we have an idea of what works and what doesn’t work. For now, we’re focusing on recording, so that’s what we’ll be doing for a while.  

For now, fans will have to eagerly await the arrival of the promised album. Having opened for bands like Splashh and Live Access TV earlier this year in Allston, MA we’re expectant of the Britanys’ return to Massachusetts on a future tour.

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