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FACING FORWARD WITH
THE LUKA STATE

Calling on all of the misunderstood, The Luka State want you to join their rock ‘n’ roll revolution.

If you haven’t heard about The Luka State, it’s about time to visit their fast and furious country of hard-hitting music. Since 2014, they’ve been playing their way up on the scene, scoring more listens, fans and killer bangers. Now, following up on last year’s release of a debut album, ‘Fall In Fall Out’, the band is ready to make speedy moves in the industry to the backdrop of energy-ridden riffs and sharp lyrics. It’s a group with the drive to let it all out. All the anger, frustration and restlessness built up during lockdown in every one of us. They do it best in a new single, ‘Oxygen Thief’. Breathe in. With The Luka State, the air tastes like catharsis.

Coming from the city where every kid’s dream is either being a high-ranking footballer or rapidly-rising pop star, they’re making the smalltown dreams reality. As a reaction to the blandness of the atmosphere, the bored bunch set up an outlet where they can scream their dissatisfaction out, hoping that others will join them. “What’s Winsford famous for? Fucking nothing! Apart from salt and salt mines. We are all the salt of the earth up here,” says the lead singer, Conrad Ellis.

No matter how unfruitful soil can seem, the treasures might be buried deep down. It was the case of The Luka State who, since finding support in each other when 12-years-old, continues to dig for honesty and understanding. As one of the new alt-rock bands leading a socially conscious wave of change, they shared with us their version of future utopia…

Congrats on the new single! Talk us through the inspiration behind ‘Oxygen Thief’.

‘Oxygen Thief’ was born through the frustration of the first lockdown. The anger and frustration of what we were dealing with. All we had was each other and our instruments. We focused on ourselves as a band and as songwriters. I was dealing with some personal trauma at the time and what I was going through I found a new way to be honest in my lyrics. It’s a feeling of liberation.

How do you feel your sound has evolved since your debut album Fall In Fall Out?

I feel like it’s evolved in many ways. It was nice to have the time during lockdown to focus on ourselves and the songwriting and musicianship. But as I say lyrically I kind of feel like I’m not afraid to speak my mind anymore I’m not afraid to open the door to other people and talk about what we go through as people. Ultimately that’s what connects us.

What do you envision the future of music to look like?

The Luka State…

What is one change you’d love to make to the industry?

I think a fairer revenue for artists where streaming is concerned. I just don’t think that the current platform is fair. It’s not about money at all this band is all I know it’s built on passion but I’d love to put some food on the table and buy a new pair of trainers at some point ya know what I mean.

If you could collaborate with any musician in the future, who would it be and why?

I think Sam Fender is a very very strong lyricist, I’d love to brainstorm a song together and see what we could do lyrically it would be pretty cool.

Where would be your dream venue to play?

GLASTONBURY PYRAMID STAGE TEA TIME AS THE SUN IS GOING DOWN.

Who are you betting on for future stardom?

There are a few bands on my radar at the moment that are making great music and are an absolute scream to watch live. One being Corella and one being Deja Vega” both brilliant live bands.

Where do you hope to be in the next year?

I’d like to think our fan base is ever-growing. So a few more sell-out tours, venue upgrades and some lovely festival spots.

The next 5 years?

To be a recognised and well respected Rock n Roll band. That’s all we ask really. We just hope people are along for the ride and enjoy our music as much as we love making it… oh and some headline festival slots haha.

The Luka State’s ‘Oxygen Thief’ is out now…

Words by Alex Brzezicka

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