The past year has been something different for the ground breaking Indie Rock Band, Launch PadMcQuack. Forming in 2006, they were an unheard-of local gang of boys that played covers in their friends garages and in after 3 long years they reached fame through a chance meeting with one of the most biggest Indie record labels. Now, in 2013, LPMQ is touring to promote their new album, Back to Basic, bringing them all around the world from London to Seoul.
However, the bands progression to world fame isn’t as simple as it sounds; behind the scenes in an exclusive interview, Launch Pad McQuack talk about their experiences on tour and the difficult obstacles they had to face leading up their near break up last year, a decision shrouded in mystery.
“We though enough was enough,” says reclusive lead singer Nick Green. “We can’t keep putting off this new album, the fans want it and we want it.” After their 2009 success Red Pony, the band struggled to release their sensational 2010 album Seven Eleven and worried about their ability to meet fans’ expectations and go bigger with a third album.
Nick Green normally writes the quirky and enigmatic lyrics that are typical of an LPMQ song and Ryan Ridley, the talented guitarist, writes the music alongside him. In the days after the release of Seven Eleven and the waves of positive reviews, the band had to worry about their first European Tour, but Green and Ridley were also concerned about what to do next.
The next two years was a back and forth between hiding from the spotlight and trying to come up with a direction for their new album. It wasn’t until late 2012, when bassist, Jerry Coleman, decided to write the one off song Writer’s Block, were Green and Ridley able to come up with an idea for their future.
In this exclusive interview with INDY, Nick Green and Ryan Ridley answer the questions we’ve all wanted to know the answers to and give us an insight to why the band nearly decided to call it quits and how they managed to come back from two years of hiding.
How’s your tour going?:
Ridley: It pretty mindblowing, one moment you’re sitting in your garage playing a cheap, out of tune guitar and the next I’m travelling the world with my friends playing to thousands of people that love our music. I mean, that’s something you don’t expect, its not something I could have ever dreamed of, so it’s a great experience to be touring.
Green: (with a smirk) It’s going alright.
Were you surprised at the amount of people that are turning up in places like Tokyo and Seoul?
R: I’m still getting over the fact we were fully booked back in our home town nevermind Tokyo.
G: I don’t think about the numbers, all that matters is that people who care show up. That’s something I understand, music is this very unique thing, it’s a binding force that unifies people. When people hear good music at a concert they have a good time. When people hear great music at a concert and theyre surrounded with people that have they same mindset of them, then they have this experience that you cant really have anywhere else. I’m not saying we’re great like the Beatles, but people really appreciate our music. I don’t care whether its one person or ten thousand, aslong as some one takes something from our music, I’m content.
R: I wouldn’t care about the numbers if their tickets weren’t paying for our food. (Green and Ridley laugh.)
There was a long gap between your last album, Seven Eleven, and your new one, Back to Basics. What was that gap like for you and how did it affect the album?
R: I’ll let him answer this one, I was actually studying at University for most of the time so I wasn’t as involved as people thought I was.
G: So we finished Seven Eleven and people loved it, we toured Europe, it was great and we got home and we went on the internet to see everybodys reaction to it; they loved it. Everybody was still excited and hyped about Seven Eleven, but we were sitting there and we were only thinking about what next. That’s a big decision to make, Ridley announced he was taking the money and putting it towards university and I was left wondering how I was going to write the next album. It was just a year or two just writing, which all ultimately led to nothing. It wasn’t until Jerry decided to come forward with his song that we knew what to do.
And that was when you had the direction for the new album?
G: We were all trying to figure out how to make something new, different, unique. But when he played that song, Writer’s Block, we all knew he was onto something; we heard something in that song that wasn’t in anything I had been writing, it was filled with everything that made our first album good. I knew that we had to go back to the firs album and just keep listening to it and go back to the basics.
Then that led to the album being called what it was.
R: It wasn’t as easy as it sounds mind. I wasn’t able to help for the most part and there was a lot of tension, especially when Mike, [the drummer], tweeted about leaving the band, we all just got awkward and wondered if continuing was even possible.