We were able to catch up with frontman Dustin Lovelis while his band The Fling swung through town last Thursday. Of West Coast touring in particular, Dustin told us “after a 12 hour drive all we want to do is get out of the van and play a show.” Scroll on to read the rest of our exchange and be sure to catch the band when they’re back in October.
For those not yet familiar with your band, what key elements might help them identify what they’re hearing as The Fling?
We have a pretty wide spectrum of influences. We use a lot of 3 and 4 part harmonies since all of us can sing, but I guess we are just a rock and roll band when it comes down to it. Once a song is written we usually either dress it up nice and pretty or make it noisy and ugly depending on the direction the song wants to go.
What have been some of the highlights of the tour so far?
We had the opportunity to play in some smaller towns we’ve never been to like Grand Junction, Colorado. It nice to play places like that because when a band comes from out of town its a big deal. People are very different in the way they experience a show. Nobody was looking around for approval and waiting until other people start moving around. Everybody was bouncing off the walls and heckling us. It was great.
Although I will say the after party was one of the most bizarre nights of my life. Mountain people can get pretty weird.
You all have gathered quite a few accolades in the last year. Which was the most unexpected or flattering?
Its always flattering when people genuinely like what you do. Jackson Browne and Kesha came to our show in Los Angeles a few months back (separately). Whether or not they came to see us is still a mystery, but it was definitely unexpected.
What artists would you cite as some of the most prominent in your development as a band?
Not any one particular artist. There are a handful of musicians that are really influencing my songwriting personally. Robert Pollard and Frank Black are two of my favorites, but I don’t think we sound anything like them. That’s the great thing about being in a band and having more than one songwriter. You don’t ended up sounding like just one thing.
What’s the process that an idea goes through to become a source of lyrical inspiration?
It can vary from reading books, to news stories, to watching movies, to just sitting and doing nothing. Sometimes it’s better to wait for inspiration to come to you instead of scrambling through other peoples words and ideas. Lyrics just sort of show up in my head every day. The hard part is staying disciplined enough to actually pay attention to them.
Are there any bands from Seattle that make your van’s playlist?
Temple of The Dog is permanently on repeat.
Anything in particular that you’re looking to do with your time in Seattle?
Drink good coffee. California has shit for coffee.
What’s next for the band this year?
We are recording an EP to be released around Halloween. We will be on tour with David Vandervelde in October (Crocodile Oct. 23 in Seattle I believe), and a co-headline tour with Yukon Blonde though the whole US and part of Canada for November and December.