Louder Than War Interview: Chase Lapp of Lionize
With an acclaimed new album just out and the Vans Warped Tour on the way Lionize are on a roll. Ian Critchley learns more.
Louder Than War: Hello! How’s it going?
Chase Lapp: Hi, it is going great actually it couldn’t be better. Thanks.
The new Lionize record, Jetpack Soundtrack, came out on February 18th. Looking at your website it seems as if you’re getting great feedback about it. Has this done a lot in terms of increasing your fanbase?
I absolutely believe this word of mouth has done a lot for us. That is our most important source of marketing. Every time we hit the stage we do our absolute best to play up to our potential and make each show better than the previous. Our hopes are that we earn a few fans that will go home and spread the good word to music loving friends.
What were you major musical influences when writing the record?
Our musical influences from the time of writing the record up until now have not changed much. We listen to a wide variety of styles. We Listen to a lot of classic rock – Deep Purple specifically. We also really dig into jazz, reggae, rhythm and blues, funk, and New Orleans based music.
Being on tour with Clutch was an obvious choice. Have the bands involvement, being on their label etc., done wonders for getting the Lionize name out there?
Clutch has been a large asset to the growth of Lionize. Lionize’s recent album release Jetpack Soundtrack was the first album to be released by Weathermaker Music that does not have any personnel affiliation with Clutch. Jean-Paul Gaster co-produced Jetpack Soundtrack. On top of everything Weathermaker Music is doing for Lionize behind the scenes, they have added Lionize to many past and future Clutch shows. Clutch has an amazing following consisting of true music fans – which is exactly what we are. So it makes sense that we should reach out to them, and what better way than through a live performance? We are wrapping up a three week tour with them of the UK and Ireland! The response has been incredible, and I can assure everyone that we will be back soon!
You’re playing the Vans Warped Tour this year. Does this feel like a huge milestone in the progression of your band?
Lionize played the Vans Warped Tour in 2011 and will be returning to play it again this summer. We are very excited for it. Having the opportunity to play a gig almost everyday for two months throughout the United States is a really good feeling. I believe that to be the most important and exciting aspect of it. We also met many friends and had many gigs come through that were a result from the 2011 run on the Vans Warped Tour. This tour will be a big driving force for Lionize in 2014.
There seems to always be a few who label the Warped Tour as a festival for bands who are “sell outs”. How do you feel about the festival and views like that?
I believe that any person should have the freedom to do whatever it is they may as long as that doing does not infringe on the rights or wellbeing of others.
And finally, though awfully cliché, what is next for Lionize?
We have a few weeks off after we wrap up this UK tour with Clutch. We will then join the Vans Warped Tour which will take up all of June, July, and early August. We have a couple more really exciting tours booked through the Fall. Stay tuned for all announcements and details at Lionizemusic.com.
All words by Ian Critchley. More writing by Ian on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive.