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Cheshire’s indie rock ‘n’ roll outfit, The Luka State are arguably the hardest working band in the UK right now. They’ve racked up a ton of streams and radio plays, attempted to cram in over 100 shows into 2019 and are due to release their ‘A Taste of Things To Come EP’ on Friday 10th May 2019. Frontman Conrad Ellis takes a break from his busy schedule to talk to us about the upcoming release and shows at Independent, Sunderland (17th May) and Think Tank, Newcastle (29th June).

How did the band come together?
I met Sam Bell (bassist) when I was an angry 11-year old looking to start a band as I’d fallen in love with music, I played the guitar and needed a bassist, so I approached him at the local youthy and he thought I was going to beat him up!  I didn’t and we formed our brotherhood… Lewis (guitarist) went to high school with me and we were in classes together. We saw Jake (drums) playing live in another band and thought we had to steal him because of how incredibly good he was… The rest, as they say, is history.

Who are your musical influences?
Myself, Sam and Jake are all massive Beatles-heads, like literally obsessed.  And Lewis is a Stones man. Beyond that though we listen to absolutely everything. Myself and Sam grew up on a lot of punk, mod, ska, Britpop and rock n roll, in fact we all did (which is a little bit weird). Anything that gets the blood pumping is sound for all four of us.

What is the inspiration behind  ‘A Taste Of Things To Come EP’?
We wanted to make something that represents where we’re from and what our town is about. Were from a small working class town called Winsford in the North West of England where there’s not much to do other than play football or music. I feel that gritty, working class sound comes across in this EP and it’s real, man. I don’t think enough bands out there are being real enough at the moment.

Are you still confident about cramming 100 gigs into 2019?
Yes, 100% – we’re gonna smash it (ha ha).  Live is really where it’s at for us and we absolutely love it. Were gonna hit it hard, no matter what the cost…

What can people expect from your live shows?
It’s gonna be loud, fierce, energetic, passionate and very sweaty…  We put everything into our live set and I hope that comes across in the way we play and the intensity we put out. Also, all in all, we just want people to have a proper good time… And I think we deliver that.

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