by Lorie Lewis Ham
One of the first bands that we ever interviewed at KRL was Loomis & the Lust–a band from Santa Barbara who was performing at Starline in Fresno. Since then we’ve stayed in contact with them and are happy to see them back on the music and video scene after several changes and some down time. Their new EP, Sports Suck, was released earlier this year. We took some time recently to chat with Will Loomis and catch up. Also, check out our review of Sports Suck, enter to win a copy of the EP, and enjoy two of their latest music videos.
Lorie: I know that the other bandmates that I met when we last interviewed you have moved on and you have some new members.
Will: The new band members are Paloma Estevez on drums who I met a few years back through Musicians Institute, and Elle Neil on bass who I’ve known for about three years. We first got together in February of 2012.
Lorie: What’s on the horizon for the future of Loomis & the Lust?
Will: More shows!
Lorie: Future Goals?
Will: I’ve never been very goal oriented.
Lorie: Are you still in Santa Barbara?
Lorie: Tell us a little about the new EP.
Will: Sports Suck is about my high school experience.
Lorie: Do you feel your style has changed along with the band changes?
Will: Yes, I’m in a constant stage of change.
Lorie: Tell us about the new videos.
Will: “My Fix” and “Sports Suck” were labors of love, I love the new lineup.
Lorie: Do you decide how the videos are done?
Will: On these last two videos, “Sports Suck” and “My Fix”, I wrote the themes and worked together with the band and the director to edit them.
“Sports Suck” I envisioned to be much darker, portraying sports in a more militant, Fascist kind of way like the 1936 Olympics, but the director pushed it more in the campy fun direction, so sometimes there is creative compromise. “Sports Suck” was filmed at Fullerton High School but we changed the name to Vince Lombardi High because Vince Lombardi represents the kind of Coach we wanted to portray.
“My Fix” was shot at Santa Barbara Sound Design where I work. We just hung up a green screen. I drove down to Burbank and bought a bunch of green screen, shot the video and returned it the next day.
Lorie: When can we except to see you in concert in Fresno again?
Sports Suck, Loomis & The Lust EP Review
This new EP has the same 80s rock feel to it as their earlier EP Space Camp, which I love! Sports Suck does have a slightly different sound and feel to it though, which is to be expected with the new band members, plus as Will stated he’s always changing. Will wrote each song and they’re all clever, catchy and fun. “Tennis Ball Love” verges on campy lyric wise, but that’s what makes it fun. The title song, “Sports Suck”, is definitely my favorite on the EP–I totally relate–I was always bad at sports in school.
If you’re looking for some fun rock and roll definitely check out Sports Suck, and the other EP’s by Loomis & The Lust. Sports Suck is available on iTunes. This band was so much fun to see in person and I can’t wait for them to come to Fresno again. I expect big things in this band’s future and KRL will be following them all the way and next time their in town expect some video interviews!
To enter to win a copy of Sports Suck, simply email KRL at life@kingsriverlife[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “Sports”, or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen July 28, 2012. U.S. residents only.