Jacob Sartori, or better known as Perth based electronic artist LANES, returns to grace our ears with his new rock inspired track, ‘Storms’.
Following up the success of ‘San’ and latest release ‘Live It All’, LANES has made a powerful return with a bit more of a rock sound this time around. After spending a bit of time on tour around WA, the band jumped straight back into the studio to work on this new single.
What have you been up to since the release of 'Live It All' last year?
I jumped straight back into the studio to record 'Storms' not long after we released 'Live It All', I had spontaneously written 'Storms' during the recording process of 'Live It All' and knew I wanted it to be the next single. We had also been asked by a couple of venues down south to play and thought it would make sense to do a run of shows to promote the new single. We have just wrapped up our 'Storms' regional tour and it all went down really well, it all seemed to fall into place perfectly.
What was the inspiration behind 'Storms' and what is it about?
To me this song represents chronic overthinking. I feel like I'm singing about a personified version of thoughts you cant get out of your head when you are lying in bed at night. Your mind runs rampant and you can't get to sleep no matter how hard you try, ultimately creating 'Storms' in your mind.
Describe the recording/production of 'Storms' - were there any memorable moments?
Everything about this song just fell into place. As I mentioned before, I spontaneously wrote this song during the recording of 'Live It All' and it was demoed and ready to start properly tracking all in the same day. I didnt have to force any of the instrument parts, they all seemed to find their own place without much trial and error. It's like the song wrote itself! haha
We were on a pretty tight schedule to get this track done in time for the tour and to properly promote it too, so we tracked all the parts in a day and a half and had it mixed about a week or so later. The song stayed pretty true to the demo so there wasn't a lot we needed to tweak or experiment with in the studio. It was kind of nice to be so sure about what I wanted with this one and it is easily the quickest turn around from conception to the final product I have ever had with a song.
Was there a specific inspiration behind the track?
I generally think about what a song I write means after I write the lyrics, or very late into the lyric writing process. I like to let words flow pretty organically and focus on what sounds the best while still making sense poetically and thematically, and then attach my own meaning after the fact. I find this really exciting because it generally means I'm writing from a pretty pure place, almost subconsciously I guess.
'Storms' comes in with a strong alternative rock vibe as compared to your previous release - what lead you to making this decision during production?
I had been listening to a lot of brit-rock and guitar heavy indie-rock lately and really getting into skate/surf culture. These kinds of guitar driven alt-rock anthems seemed to be the soundtrack to my life at that point and I loved how raw and emotional they are. It led to me experimenting with a similar sound and having a lot of fun with it, although it still has a LANES kind of feeling to it, a little bit woozy in places but I'm pretty stoked with how it turned out.
What do fans have to look forward to this year?/ What are your plans for 2022?
We have just finished our first regional tour but we are planning to jump on heaps of shows this year. We really want to get a few gigs under our belt and share our songs with more people, as well as chipping away in the studio, ultimately cultivating in the release of our debut EP 'Bloom', which we plan to have out late 2022.
Make sure to listen to ‘Storms’ down below!