THE LUKA STATE
“If people can feel like something is happening and they’re catching the tail of something, then that’s what we want and that’s what we want people to take from our music, that something is happening and it’s a big massive fucking party,” declares frontman Conrad Ellis, the driving force behind Cheshire’s modern indie heroes The Luka State.
Since the Winsford four-piece formed in 2013 they’ve bulldozed house parties across the land, hooked up with ‘Game Of Thrones’ stars, launched their own music show on YouTube and popped up in the critically acclaimed John Lennon biopic ‘Nowhere Boy’. Now The Luka State are determined to gatecrash the UK Top 10 as they ready their debut album. They’ve already kick started 2017 with their perfectly-timed new single ‘Lies! Lies! Lies!, which rails against false truths in the media.
“I think it’s mad how I can be out in the pub with a mate reading the paper and he’ll go, ‘Have you seen this?’ and I’ll be like ‘Do you genuinely believe that mate?’” argues Conrad. “I’m not saying all that stuff is a load of bollocks but I do think that everybody changes and warps whatever they’re fed in the media towards their own needs. That’s what that song is all about.”
Armed with a cannon of indie anthems both Blossoms and Catfish And The Bottlemen would kill for, 2017 is shaping up to be The Luka State’s year as they put the finishing touches to their forthcoming debut album. Under the watchful eye of Manic Street Preachers producer Dave Eringa and Chris Sheldon, who has previously worked with Feeder and the Foo Fighters, Conrad’s partner in crime and fellow founding member, Sam Bell has been at the helm of ‘Fall In Fall Out’ at Birmingham’s Summerfield Studios.
“There is a running theme of lies, deceit, love, lust and anger running through the record,” says Conrad. “Everybody’s been thrown over the side of the boat once in their life haven’t they? And on this album I’m the guy thrown over that boat.
“It’s rock’n’roll with a contemporary twist, but I also think it’s quite poppy and easy on the ears. I don’t think there’s a lot of music around at the minute that’s saying anything but we are and I think that’s important.”