EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH BEN LUMBER OF ACRES @ LA TENDA, MODENA, ITALY.
CASEY farewell tour with ACRES and GATHERERS.
Live @ LA TENDA, Modena
on April 27th, 2019
Hailing from United Kingdom, post-hardcore quartet ACRES are set for the release of their debut album LONELY WORLD due out on August 9th, 2019 via A Wolf At Your Door Records.
The band features vocalist Ben Lumber, guitarists Alex Freeman and Theo Sandberg and drummer Konnor Bracher-Walsh.
Our editor-in-chief Alex had a fabulous opportunity to have a phoner with vocalist BEN LUMBER of Acres just before their live show at La Tenda, in Modena, Italy on April 27th, 2019 as part of CASEY – “It’s time for us to bury our love” 2014-2019 A Final EU/UK Tour.
- Hi Ben, it’s Alex of SICK AND SOUND webzine, it’s really nice to meet you. So would you mind introducing your band? How you got into music in the first place and what your influences are.
Hi, my name’s Ben and I sing for the band Acres. Influencewise our band is influenced by kind of like all sorts of different music, you got music from like Deftones, pop music, post-rock, shoegaze music, all sorts really. I got into music when I was around 18 years old, and the band it got me into music to start was a UK band called All Forgotten and they had a really really good post-hardcore EP which is called Transitions. And yeah, since I had, all I wanted to do was being in a band so that’s how it all started.
- You are set to release your debut album LONELY WORLD on August 9th, 2019. So what about the focus on honesty and the lyrical themes discussed in the record?
When I started writing the record I kind of wanted every song to be as honest as possible like I said before, and every song to come to tell a story or to be about something that’s kind of happened to me or happened to other people in their lives. I wanted these songs to have a different story and allow people to get that message and they can relate to it. Main focus of the record is just kind of like whatever you’re going through, other people got through it as well, and kind of you’re not alone in whatever you’re going through, there’s a bunch of people you can talk to and everybody else deal with the same situation so you’re not alone with it.
- I would love to talk about your singles: TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP and LONELY WORLD. Let’s pretend someone listens to you for the first time, how those singles best represent your sound and its staples? What’s typically Acres’ there?
I think we definitely be like an energetic band to kind of listen to nowadays and it’s very kind of, like I said, cinematic, ambient and we like to think we kind of rewritten. The album easy defines a one of Acres’ and at the same time we tried not to keep up the same cementic sound for the whole record, we kind of tried to make a couple of songs a bit lighter. For instance Talking In Your Sleep is a song which is slightly more kind of more pop-punky. So, I would like to think that if you listen to it for the first time that’s definitely a song for everybody in there.
- If you could describe LONELY WORLD in few adjectives or words, what would they be?
Oh God, this is a hard one. I would say it’s a cinematic record and it’s an ambient record. It’s not one word, but kind of one for everyone.
- How has the sound or songwriting actually progressed since your previous materials? What’s typically new there?
When we got the EP In Sickness & Health I had just joined the band so all of the music that is on In Sickness & Health was already kind of recorded and written when I joined so I had that to kind of work with. So yeah, when I went to the studio all the music was laid down and that’s what I worked with. On this record we had a lot more time to kind of write, we had a lot more time to demo and a lot more time to kind of think the songs over. When Theo wrote – our guitarist, he writes all the demos in his bedroom and then he then sends them over – he kind of focused a bit more on my role as a vocalist and what I was comfortable in doing, so in this record, like I said, it’s a lot more honest and me, I’m definitely a lot more myself on this record than I was on the EP.
- You’ve been part of CASEY’s farewell tour which is gonna draw to a close in London in May. So how does it feel like and what impact have you received across Europe?
So far it’s been really really cool, the shows have been really really cool. We toured with Casey a couple of years ago, they’re good friends of us and like I said a lot, it’s been amazing to watch them grow and we’re super thankful they have taken us out on this tour with them. And at the same time it’s quite bittersweet as it’s watching a friend band come to an end and in that way it’s sad, but at the same time it’s super cool to kind of celebrate the band with them on this last run.
- A couple of songs on your setlist your fans have been actually jamming along this tour.
The new singles we played in Poland a couple of days. Every single, it’s been really nice to see people tune along through Lonely World, Talking In Your Sleep, Medicine from the record. But the Poland was something else, it almost felt like the whole room was singing them and the older songs, it was like, they knew them but not as well as the new songs. So to see that reaction to the new ones from the record it was amazing.
- It’s really nice to hear. So, you are joining Camden Rocks Festival in June and also Wacken in August, so congratulations. Yeah, thank you, thank you. So what feelings and expectations are behind those appearances, how do you actually prepare for those festivals?
Well we’re definitely looking forward to Camden Rocks because it’s London, we love playing in London and hopefully for us it’s going to be an opportunity to play for a few new people and Wacken was just absolutely crazy. Yeah, it is crazy. So I don’t know what to expect from Waken yet as we’ve never done anything on that scale. We’re super super excited. And I hope that people watching us will enjoy really.
- Let’s dream big, any aspirations and goals you wish to achieve in let’s say 5 year’s time, any bands you wish to support or any plans for the future.
I think that like, there’s so many bands that we’d like to support, I can’t even name them all right now but, for us as long as people are still kind of enjoying our music and people are buying the records and kind of care about Acres, then we’ll carry on doing what we enjoy. I think it’s a typical asset to headline all those different names but in all honesty we love playing music and I think we’re just lucky, we feel lucky to be where we are right now. Not every band is in this kind of situation and can play these shows we are playing so we appreciate that and we feel lucky the way it could be like that. And somewhere in our minds kind of that was enough for us. You obviously start a band and you don’t even expect to be doing this. So I appreciate and we appreciate kind of what we’re doing now, and like I said, as long as we’re happy making music and people still care once we make music, then yeah, that’s a great sense of achievement and we’ll keep doing it.
- I got one last question. So what’s in store for Acres after this tour’s gonna draw to a close for you?
We got a couple more singles coming out from the album, which we are super excited about. We have a headline long run in September as well, which is gonna hopefully be the UK and Europe and a couple of more festivals which we haven’t announced yet and then I think we’re just gonna go straight back to write again. We’re just not kind of slow down, just keep going.
That’s cool we’re done, thank you so much Ben, it was really nice to speak to you and good luck for your show in Modena! Thank you so much.
SICK AND SOUND is thankful to KINDA Agency for the opportunity to have an exclusive personal interview with Ben Lumber of ACRES.
Acres – Lonely World full tracklist:
3. Be Alone
4. Lonely World
7. Talking In Your Sleep
8. You Are Not
9. Sharpen Your Teeth
10. Skin Over Mine
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