Orlando, Florida is a happenin’ place: home to Walt Disney World
, Universal Studios
, Sea World
, Major League Baseball
Spring Training and the NBA’s Orlando Magic
to complement ridiculously good weather, it’s pretty bloody impressive. It’s also a centre for Central Florida’s active rock scene, and home base for alt-rockers A Brilliant Lie
. Comprised of Tara Lightfoot (vocals/guitar), Zach Teman (bass), Chris Lane (drums), Jason Lemrond (guitar/keys) and Matthew Movens (guitar/vocals), the band have released two EPs – 2011’s Regarding Harry Lime
and 2013’s Waking Vessels –
and grown their presence in Florida and the Southeastern US.
They also took some time out of their new year to chat with TPS!
What’s it like for Tara to be the only woman in a group of guys? Is it a seamless dynamic, or are there moments where she’s like “jeez I gotta take a moment away to be a lady here!”?
Haha – well…I think people are wacky, wonderfully strange, and somewhat delicate no matter what gender they happen to be. I think we all get along for the most part because we have similar understandings, personalities, and temperament. So it does not really cross my mind too much, to be honest.
Orlando is a tourist-driven city. Are you guys able to take advantage of any venues in that area – standalone or within the attractions – or does the scene tend to stay in a “locals” part of town?
Orlando really does have a lot going on between nightlife and local music. There are a lot of great venues that cater to an independent crowd, as well as the obvious tourist areas like House of Blues in Downtown Disney, Hard Rock Cafe near Universal, or even downtown Orlando. Just because of the sheer layout of our city with everything being so spread apart, the scene sometimes feels a little segregated. But we are very lucky to fall into a pocket where we can connect with lots of different kinds of venues and bands in town. So the answer to your question is: a little bit of both!
A Brilliant Lie have played notable state festivals like Sunfest, and venues like House of Blues. What’s been the coolest experience so far, and is there a festival or venue – in or out-of-state – that you’re hoping to play?
Sunfest and any House of Blues show that we have been a part of have all been fantastic. The people putting them on are always very professional and treat us well, not to mention the fact that the audiences have always been great. We have also been lucky enough to open for some national acts like Fuel, Crash Kings, and Nico Vega. So really, we want to get on more festivals, big and small in any state, so that we can meet and play with like-minded bands. (Have van – will travel!!). We have some other shows coming up in 2015 with some national acts that have not been announced yet. So make sure to follow us on social media for the news!
The band ultimately chose James Paul Wisner, who’s worked with acts like Dashboard Confessional and Paramore, to produce your most recent release (2013’s Waking Vessels EP). What made you go with him?
To be honest, we met a ton of great producers during our search. James was hands-down the one who UNDERSTOOD what we were trying to do musically and wanted to expand upon that…but still polish up our rough edges (rather than change our sound completely). His knowledge of music as a whole is outstanding – and it was important to us that he had experience with catchy rock music. Plus, when we sat down to talk to him, it was very comfortable and fun. He is a cool dude and we really learned a lot working with him.
You’re currently writing new music. After two EPs, is a full-length in the works this time?
We don’t want to give away too much at the moment – but A Brilliant Lie will undoubtedly be giving listeners a LOT of new stuff this year. We have a pretty ambitious plan for releases. We are trying to be a little outside of the box with it all – so either it will work really well, or we’ll all wind up in the loony bin.
Your official website’s Contact page says you “only” accept messages regarding everything from music to opinions on the colour purple to having a cuddle buddy. Gotten any especially odd e-mails?
Given the fact that you’re probably the only people who ever read that far on our website, no strange emails as of yet. Then again, it takes a lot to weird us out. (ed. note: I may send one, just to pop that cherry.)
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