Happy Monday, readers!
Meet our newÂ Music MondayÂ artist this week,Â The Life Electric.Â
The Life ElectricÂ are a Boston-based groupÂ that is ready to make to make a name for themselves on the indie rock scene with their new albumÂ The Real You,Â which is available on all digital retailers now.
The Life Electric came together in 2011 when formerÂ Action VerbsÂ frontmanÂ Joey ChehadeÂ (vocals) met up with three-fifths of indie rock bandÂ Gold Star Morning,Â and the musical chemistry was undeniable. The band, also consisting ofÂ Ben LeangÂ (guitar),Â Cory BeanÂ (bass), andÂ Joel SillowayÂ (drums), brings a sound that’sÂ been uniquely described as a combination of modern disco,Â The Flaming Lips, andÂ pure f***ing rock.
Celeb SecretsÂ caught up with guitaristÂ Ben LeangÂ to learn a little more about the band and how they came together. In addition, LeangÂ talked about the group’s new albumÂ The Real You,Â why you should listen to it, and his love for cooking — make sure to read the full Q&A below.
Celeb Secrets: Are you currently obsessed with any shows, movies, songs right now?Â
Ben Leang: â€œTotally!Â Â I canâ€™t stop thinking about Game of Thrones right now, like most people.Â Â I love the Walking Dead so hard.Â Â And since Iâ€™m aÂ musician, I almost always have the MTV Live channel on.
As for songs, I love The Weeknd right now, been listening to that a bunch.Â Â Jason Deruloâ€™s great.Â Â Oh, and the new Lemonade album byÂ Beyonce?Â Â That might be the best album of the year.Â Â I canâ€™t believe how good it is, and Iâ€™m not even a huge fan of her music.â€
Celeb Secrets: How did you come up with the name of your band?
Ben Leang: â€œWe were trying to describe who we were as people.Â Â We all have our day jobs, but we really want something more for our lives than justÂ that.Â Â We want to make music that hopefully means something to people.Â Â So, thatâ€™s what weâ€™re trying to describe when we say â€œthe lifeÂ electric.â€â€
Celeb Secrets: What is the process like behind writing your music?Â
Ben Leang: â€œJoey and I will come up with a bunch of demos on our own.Â Â They might be really simple, like a guitar riff, it might be a complete song, or itÂ might be something in between.Â Â Weâ€™ll send the ideas back and forth through Google Drive, so that the other person can start really fleshingÂ the ideas out.Â Â After a while, weâ€™ll try it with the entire band to make sure it sounds good when we play it live.â€
Celeb Secrets: If you were given the chance to create your ideal band, who would you choose to be the lead singer, the drummer, the guitarist and, theÂ bassist?Â
Ben Leang: â€œInteresting question!Â Â I suppose Iâ€™d just choose my absolute heroes for each part.Â Â Freddie Mercury would be the vocalist, Dave Grohl onÂ drums, PaulMcCartney on bassâ€¦Â Â I think the hard part would be picking a guitarist.Â Â Maybe because thatâ€™s what I do?Â Â But perhaps The EdgeÂ orÂ Â David Gilmore.Â Â But who knows if any of them would actually get along! [laughs]â€
Celeb Secrets: What is your favorite song to perform live?Â
Ben Leang: â€œWe have a song called â€œEverestâ€ thatâ€™s really fun to play live.Â Â It starts off kind of quiet with just guitar and vocals.Â Â By the middle part, itÂ gets really loud and everyoneâ€™s really passionate about the parts theyâ€™re playing, and by the end it gets quiet again.â€
Celeb Secrets: Can you tell us what fans can expect from your new album “The Real You?”Â
Ben Leang: â€œI think thereâ€™s a song for everyone.Â Â We didnâ€™t set out to do that, per se, but thatâ€™s how it came out.Â Â Thereâ€™s a lot of variety of styles, butÂ somehow, we manage to keep it cohesive.Â Â I think a big part of it is Joeyâ€™s voice.â€
Celeb Secrets: Is there a song that didn’t make the album, but you wish it did?Â
Ben Leang: â€œYou know, Iâ€™m pretty happy with what made the cut.Â Â I think the songs that didnâ€™t make the album just werenâ€™t quite ready yet, but thatÂ means theyâ€™ll likely end up on the next album.Â Â Who knows, maybe weâ€™ll have even better songs by then and those other songs will get cutÂ again!â€
Celeb Secrets: For people who have yet to discover you, why should they give your music a chance?Â
Ben Leang: â€œBecause we really mean it.Â Â Weâ€™re in the business of making the absolute best, finely crafted pop/rock music out there in the most sincereÂ way that we can.Â Â And if I dare say, we make some really catchy tunes!â€
Celeb Secrets: Since we are Celeb Secrets, do you have a secret or hidden talent that your fans may not know about?
Ben Leang: â€œPeople might not know it, but Iâ€™m a pretty decent cook.Â Â I wouldnâ€™t win Top Chef or anything, but I can hold my own against most people!â€
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