It’s been a long while, but things are finally falling into place for Myka, Relocate. Being consistently on the road has paid off, and now with their signing to Artery Recordings, they’ve been able to release the songs that long time fans have been waiting for! Their debut album for Artery is entitled Lies To Light The Way, an exhilarating collection of tunes showing a band more than ready to break on through to the big leagues. Here is a recent interview we conducted with bassist Luke Burleigh to find out more about their new album, life on the road, working with Telle from The Word Alive and Jonny Craig on various cuts on the album, their feelings on making fans wait so long for new music. and other explosive topics of interest. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Myka, Relocate, and how long the band has been together.
Luke and I play bass. This current lineup has been together for right under 3 years.
Where are you based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We are based out of Houston, TX. Music scene is pretty great out there, we get a ton of of Hometown support. Our buddies Invent, Animate are from the area and are a really solid band.
Is there any story or concept behind the CD title Lies To Light The Way?
The title came from past experiences with people who had lied to us and gave us false hopes about certain things. We used those experiences to to fuel the writing of this album and start moving forward.
Select two songs from Lies To Light The Way and what inspired the lyrics.
“Useless” – this song has to do with people who have big egos and think they are better than others because they are “famous”, which we are completely against.
“Doublespeak” – this song is about following your dreams and becoming the person you want to be, despite negative comments or people getting in your way.
Who produced Lies To Light The Way and what was it like working with them?
The album was produced by Cameron Mizell at Chango Studios. It was amazing working with him. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience. He really helped to make this record sound better than we could have ever imagined.
How did you wind up signing with Artery Recordings?
We had been talking back and forth for a couple years with Artery Management and once we got that locked down, the label became interested and everything started falling into place. We are super stoked on the team we have at the label and management.
How frustrating was it to wait so long to release a full length recording out to the fans? You toured a long time without one.
At certain times it got a little frustrating because we wanted to give people the new music they had been asking for. But at the same time, we knew waiting it out to get the right label and producer would make the final product that much better.
What was it like working with Telle from The Word Alive on Useless and have you ever performed the song live with him?
His band, The Word Alive, went into the same studio right after we left so we figured it would be awesome if he could do a guest spot on Useless. We were super stoked on the final product. We haven’t played it live with him yet, but would love to in the future.
What was the experience like working with Jonny Craig on the song Playing It Safe and how did that come about?
Jonny is a good friend of our manager and we have always been a fan. He killed the guest vocals on Playing It Safe!
How has The Hypernova Tour with The Browning been going so far and what have been some of the highlights?
Tour has been awesome. Having kids all across the country singing along to our new music has been awesome for sure.
Any recent strange or scary stories from the road you could share?
On this tour In NYC I met my celebrity crush, Julianne Hough and I also met the guitar player from Kings Of Leon. That was pretty rad!
Have you ever played Warped Tour before and could we expect to see you on Warped in 2014?
We played the Houston TX date a couple of years back. No word on 2014, but we would love to play the whole thing in the future.
If your music was a donut, what kind would it be and why?
Haha i guess id have to say Maple Bacon Bar, because we all had them at Voodoo Donuts last week and they ruled!
What could we expect from Myka, Relocate in 2014?
Expect a lot of touring, music video, and possibly some acoustic songs…a ton of awesome stuff.
Any final words of wisdom?
A Big Thanks to anyone who has bought the new album and if you haven’t please go and check that out. We love you guys!
Myka, Relocate is:
Michael Swank- Vocals
Luke Burleigh – Bass
Austin Dore’ – Guitar
Aaron Robertson- Drums
(Interview by Ken Morton)
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