LUME | Wrung Out
I watched Lume perform a few years ago. The show was in a tiny room of a random house in Nashville. It was VERY cold. It didn't matter that I was shivering, that I forgot gloves or that I could see my breathe because the show was amazing. Ever since that night I have been a big fan of Lume. I am so happy to have them on my site talking about their new record. Wrung Out is about loss and what it is like working through that. For me, it is hard to face grief or sometimes to even acknowledge it. It is hard for me to figure out what words to say or how to address it. Because of this, I find myself turning to art, music and words to cope. This record does all of the things I struggle to do by addressing loss and the experience of. The songs are beautiful. The music is powerful but melodic in a way that is almost mesmorizing.
Life is really hard sometimes but I am endlessly thankful for the people who put art out in the world that helps me cope. Thank you Lume for this record. Thank you for being the type of band that I would happily stand in the cold to listen to haha. I think you guys are fantastic. I think this record is fantastic.
Dylan Hulett on Wrung Out...
Dylan Hulett - Bass
Austin Hulett - Drums
Dan Butler - Guitar/Vocals
My brother and I have been playing music since we were kids, we've always been banging on our instruments in the basement, pissing off our parents. When I was in 9th grade, Dan's old band was looking for a bass player. I had no idea how to play bass, but I lied and told him I did. So I tried out and it didn't work out... because I didn't know how to play (hardly do to this day haha). Many bands and years later, we touched base again when Dan was living in Chicago. We both wanted to start a band that was a little more serious, with everyone on the same page with the same goals. So my brother and I decided to move to Chicago to start Lume with Dan. Here we are 4 years later.
Detroit to Chicago
We're originally from a small town just north of Detroit MI. We grew up in that area and started playing music in that scene. The shows back home, although fun and tight-knit, tend to be smaller and the scene isn't as progressive as Chicago (where we're now located). We love going back home and seeing friends and playing with locals, but we typically find it hard to locate a solid mid level venue. On the other hand, Chicago's scene is thriving, so many new venues, so many good musicians, it can be hard to keep up.
I think our influences rage widely and they're constantly changing. Most things rhythmic and dark tend to be are favorites. Gear has a lot to do with it, we're always searching for a specific sound in our heads. It cost a lot of money haha but I believe it always helps with writing. When we mess with a new amp, drum kit or guitar or pedal, we tend to feel inspired to write new material.
The new LP is called Wrung Out and it will be out April 20th. We started writing this just less than two years ago. It was a long process, during which we lost a few close friends. Those deaths really shaped the lyrics and overall sound of this LP. In all, the record is kind of all over the place, similar to the feelings you get when you experience loss. Happy remembering things, terrified of the future, mourning, sadness, guilt and anger. I think it really ranges and shows throughout this record.
We're doing an East Coast tour with our friends in REZN (they're amazing, please check them out) then we're planning to head out west with a few different bands this summer. Very excited to get out and tour, it might be my favorite thing to do haha. The feeling of playing these songs live is hard to beat.