We recently did an interview with Michael Griffin – Bass/Vocals of Lungless
How would you describe your music?
I would describe our music as emotional and energetic to say the least. It’s a nice mix of Metalcore and Post-Hardcore but still very personal and a little out of the box from time to time.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
Lungless started 4 years ago after our old band Constellations (the one from Canada not the German one, though we did get asked if we where from Germany once) called it quits. Our singer left to pursue a career and we had just bought a van and still where very driven. So we started to write and we recorded our first EP “INHALE” just months after.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
My person influences come from all over the place. I watch lots of anime so I do get inspired by those and the stories they tell. My friends, family, the events and situations I find myself in all influence how I write my lyrics and where I try to take our music. I’m not the kind of person to have a specific hero or influence from artists and music but two of my favourite bands are Linkin Park and Coheed and Cambria and they’ve probably stuck with me the most over my musical endeavours.
What inspires you?
Honestly this might sound a little depressing but very little truly inspires me and drives me. It’s something I’ve struggled with for a while I guess in a very minimal sense the idea of being inspired and the basics of life inspires me.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
We actually don’t do either, we usually write in our off time or spare time so its bedrooms and our jam space. Nick, our guitarist and myself have a pretty solid method for writing music. He usually comes up with the rough ideas then we get together and compose the music and program some drums to fill out the missing parts. From there we send it to the rest of the band to get feedback and any other ideas they might have.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
I really like playing ‘Near Shore’ or ‘Unwitched’ live but now that we’ve started playing our new EP “t i r ed \ E Y E S” I really like playing ’n o i s e’
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Honestly if we could tour with Counterparts or Make Them Suffer that would be a huge bucket list check mark for me.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
The music industry has and always will be a variable. It’s always changing and shifting depending on the mood or demographic thats most affected. I think with streaming and social media artists and labels have the biggest market they’ve ever had but at the same time the shortest life span they’ve every had. Online music and content has gone through the roof but even in our local scene of Toronto, local and big show attendance has been on a steady decline. It’s a tough but bright time for the music industry.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Weirdest experience on tour was in Calgary Alberta, not gonna go into details but it was strange. Funniest experience would of been pre-tour recording our record in Haverhill with Jay Maas. Our photographer/partner-in-crime Dylan Gould shot all these spin off TV show “studio updates” for us and I don’t think I’ve laughed so hard in years.
What are your future plans?
Future plans for the band are to tour and play as much music as we can to as many new faces as possible. We are heading back into the states for 2-4 weeks in mid 2019 and will continue to release content for the rest of 2019. All in all we will keep on grinding because this is what we love.