THE LA MAYBE–fronted by lead singer Alvi Robinson, made famous when he was nearly selected to front the legendary band AC/DC in 2016 is a 6-piece rock n’ roll band hailing from the southern heat of the Carolinas. If you’re a fan of Guns N’ Roses, The Black Crowes, or Van Halen…you will feel right at home adding LAM to your record collection.
Lead vocalist Alvi Robinson (who was one of only four singers to audition to replace Brian Johnson in AC/DC in 2016) lays down gritty, passionate vocals while the rest of the band back him up with slithering riffs, huge catchy hooks, and ripping guitar solos.
LAM firmly plants its feet at the very forefront of the New Wave of Classic Rock movement and you’re sure to have at least one of their choruses stuck in your head at any given moment.
Drawing influence from nearly every style of music, The L.A. Maybe put on an electrifying live show and stand for everything you love about rock music, old and new.
XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
We just released our debut single “Mr. Danger” in January. We have another single, “Sucker Punch”, coming February 26, 2021 with the full-length (10 songs) album Dirty Damn Tricks releasing worldwide March 26, 2021.
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
Ryan and I had the idea for a band called The L.A. Maybe since 2016. Over the last few years we slowly evolved the idea into being a rock band, assembling the right lineup of musicians and finally in summer of 2020 we jumped in the studio with a batch of songs we believed in. That album is now called Dirty Damn Tricks and it’s releasing March 26, 2021!
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
Sparing you too many of the boring details, the band got started after some of us left a Journey tribute band we were playing with to write our own original rock n’ roll. We went through several lineup changes and it took us a while to get our footing, but we finally did it. The main motivation for being in this band is that we’re lifelong rock n’ rollers. There was never any other option.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
I started playing guitar at 12 after hearing “Welcome To The Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses. When the main riff dropped, I knew I’d found what I needed to be doing with my life. Over the years many other influences crept in and today I have probably one of the widest ranging music tastes of anyone you’ll meet. Everything from death metal to country to hip hop to classical and everything in between. And somehow little bits of each always creep into The L.A. Maybe’s music.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
If we’re doing our job right, our music clearly conveys the 80s heyday of hard rock and heavy metal. Of course we sprinkle in just the right amount of modernization (through production techniques and other elements), but I think it’s obvious what we’re trying to do!
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
We’re dreaming big and swinging for the fences. In the next 5 years we hope to be touring as a national headliner with a strong batch of releases under our belt. Now…back to work to make that happen.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
I’m not sure I have a preference. It depends on the day. Sometimes I’m overflowing with energy and that’s a great day to put on a show. Other days I want to quietly sit alone, and that’s when most of our writing/recording productivity gets done. So I try to exist with an even balance of both.
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Our songs cover everything. We don’t have a specific box we try to write in. The songs on Dirty Damn Tricks touch on everything from partying and lust to suicide and addiction.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
That’s easy, being around fellow musicians who share my goals and aspirations. We’re lucky to have that in The L.A. Maybe.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
Well, the band really got started in summer 2020 in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic when shows were shut down and as of this moment, we haven’t toured. So the short answer is no. That being said, we still have tons of funny stories to tell. For all that and more, I recommend listening to our upcoming podcast “Your New Favorite Band”. There are simply too many to mention, and we’ll be covering them all in great detail on the show!
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
This wasn’t really a request but one time at a gig we finished a song, I turned my back to the crowd to tune my guitar, and a couple seconds later felt someone put both arms around my waist. I heard a voice whisper “that was incredible” and I look up startled to see a drunk, middle-age woman standing on stage with me whispering in my ear. Highly inappropriate.
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
Of course! More so now that we have a bit of traction, but yes.
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
I would say surround yourself with the right people who believe in you, support you, and are on your side. That includes your bandmates, friends, family, and team. Make sure you’re all on the same page, working towards the same goal and you’d be surprise how easy it is to make progress.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
We love them all. My personal favorite would be a tie between “Oh Sugar” and “When I’m Gone” (two tracks off of Dirty Damn Tricks). “Oh Sugar” is just a riotous party romp with a ton of fun backing vocals while “When I’m Gone” is an emotional powerhouse where we wear our hearts on our sleeves.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Of course we’re inspired by all our heroes, many of whom I’m sure you can immediately name upon listening to our music…but who really inspire us are our peers. Bands like Dirty Honey, Small Town Titans, Joyous Wolf, Blacktop Mojo, South of Eden, Greta Van Fleet, and so many more. They keep us hungry and excited to be a part of the New Wave of Classic Rock.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
I’d pick one huge band (AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, etc.) and then fill out the rest of the bill with our rock n’ roll peers from the previous question.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
I think the fact that we wrote, recorded, mixed, mastered, promoted, and released an album in about 6 months after literally just getting the right group of bandmates together is pretty impressive. I’m proud of us for doing that.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
If I wasn’t a musician, I’d be a stand up comedian. Am I funny enough? Probably not. But I’d still try. I’m highly envious that they can tour without carrying any gear, or splitting any of the money with anyone else (haha).
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
For a rock band you might expect us to roll up with stacks of amps but we actually keep things very simple. The biggest things we travel with our Foz’s drum kit and Josh’s keyboard. For both guitars, bass, and lead vocals we run two Neural Quad Cortex’s which are leading the industry as far as touring technology. We love them!
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
There are so many amazing rock bands out there right now. It annoys when I hear people say things like “music isn’t the way it used to be” or “everything’s made on a computer now”. Great music is out there being made right now by incredible artists that need you to find them. Start looking!
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
For me, that I’m a lead guitarist in a hard rock band and I don’t drink alcohol. I also really hate coffee and cheesecake.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
We’ve been completely blown away by the response to “Mr. Danger” and we’re so excited to get “Sucker Punch” in the hands of fans in the next couple weeks. After that, Dirty Damn Tricks is coming and the New Wave of Classic Rock will never be the same!
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!
The L.A. Maybe is Alvi Robinson (vocals), Dallas Dwight (guitar), Drizzle Silvera (guitar), Josh Thompson (keys), Rahsaan Lacey (bass), Ryan Fosnow (drums).