XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
John Strickland: We are currently out with Starset and Islander for a short run in the Midwest.
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
JS: Lullwater started in Athens circa 2008. Although members have changed throughout the years, we have been touring since 2010. Like every young band starting to tour, it was a grind and eventually touring with bigger acts began around 2012.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
JS: I feel like every young musician who loves performing and playing music wants to be in a band. Everyone in Lullwater starting being in bands in middle school/ high school.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
JS: We were all in either school band or started playing in bands at a early age. Music was always and is a significant part of our life.
I think that depends on what our fans see and feel. I don’t have a answer for that because I don’t really think we convey an image. We are a hard rock band that puts heart and soul into our music and the image is up to the listener.
Touring and releasing our new album “voodoo” this winter.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
JS: That’s a tough one.. both have such different elements in the creative process. I feel that it’s almost a start to finish progression. performing newly written and recorded songs is
the pay off for all the hard work that goes into the writing and recording process but I guess for me the live show experience is my favorite part of all it.
XS ROCK: What are your songs lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
JS: I would say it varies. We have angry songs, sad songs, love songs, songs about politics, religion, songs of angst and frustration. universal human emotion and my personal life experiences drive lyrical content for me as a writer.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
JS: The right to be creative and expressing myself freely. Music had always been therapy for me so I want that to continue. I never want music to be restrictive and counterproductive.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
Haha! We have a few.. some we can tell some we can’t. As far as meaningful stories go, we shared the stage with Dave Krusen and Kevin Martin (Candlebox, Pearl Jam) covering the Pearl Jam song “release”. Dave played drums (dave was in Pearl Jam and recorded “release”) and Kevin sang with me on stage. It was one of the highlights of my career.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
JS: I signed an ass cheek once
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
JS: Being away from home a lot can be difficult but yes our friends and family support us.
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
JS: Have patience and perseverance. It takes a lot of hard work and setbacks to accomplish anything worth while. Don’t give up when things get shitty because they inevitably will at some point. It’s not all glamour being in a touring band but it’s the best life ever.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
A forgotten name is one of my favorite tracks to play live. It’s a 6 min kick in the teeth we usually end our set with.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
JS: For me it was my friends Joey Dombrowski and Justin Minchew. We were in middle school/ freshman year of high school and jammed everyday for who knows how long. Playing with those guys made me want to be in a band and we learned how to play. It was the innocent and pure love of playing that inspired all of us.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
JS: For me it would be opening for Pearl Jam and the Foo fighters. I’ve seen them live many times and actually fantasize of touring with them. Maybe one day haha.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Professionally speaking, Sharing the stage with Kevin Martin and Dave Krusen. They are icons to me so that would definitly be up there.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
JS: Cant imagine.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
i JS: I play a Gibson Les Paul through a Mesa Boogie 5.50 Express.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
I think there are a ton of awesome bands out there and it’s up to people to quit bitching about a $5 ticket and go out to support local music. That’s where it all begins. If you don’t support bands on the local level it’s really hard for them to level up. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone complain about having to pay the price of a drink to go support a band. Come on.. go out and support live music or there may not be any one day. Anyway, a big pet peeve of mine.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
JS: I have a 6th toe.. I’m kidding. I used to have a pet sugar glider named Kudo.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
JS: hold tight because Lullwater 3 is coming!
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XSROCK
Thank you so much! I appreciate it!