Get to Know This Band: Love Inks

by Christie Young (Madewell)

Photo: Jackie Lee Young

After recently moving from Austin to NYC, I thought I’d take a break from the live-music thing. Two shows a week for six years was enough (that’s 624 shows, not including festivals). But then I stumbled upon Love Inks and, just like that, my resolution was broken. Their music is rock ’n’ roll with a soft underbelly—catchy and haunting and bluesy and subtle, all at the same time. If you’re not familiar, give them a whirl. Me? I’ll be listening to every song on their first album, E.S.P., until the new record breaks.

Once you’re done falling in love with that song, check out what lead singer Sherry LeBlanc had to say when I got the chance to ask her a few questions.

Where do you call home?

We’re from Austin, Texas. I didn’t realize until we’d toured so extensively that an artist’s location can have such a profound effect on their art. We focus a lot on the power of silence and space in our songs and I don’t think that would have happened if we lived in any other city. When I hear our music now, it’s reflective of the pace of Austin: long, lazy days lying next to water, sitting on porches waiting for the sun to go down.

Dream collaboration with an artist/band:

Yoko Ono, no contest. She inspires me to be a better human and a more innovative artist. Derek’s dream collaboration would be New Order, and Kevin’s sleeping right now, but I’m going to guess he’d say ZZ Top.

Favorite album/artist right now:

I’m geeking out about Magic Spells and Wild Beasts. Also been digging on Dee Dee Warwick.

Song you want to cover:

I think we’re about to learn Ace’s song “How Long,” which is one of my all-time favorites. We covered Cass McComb’s “County Line” on our last tour and that helped me connect more emotionally during our live set. With our minimal setup there’s a restriction to what covers we can do and actually add or bring a new perspective to. We wanted to cover ELO’s “Telephone Line,” but we would have murdered that song (in a bad way). I think the charm is in the intense production.

Band you’d want to cover you:

Ooh, good question! I might die if Patti Smith covered one of our songs. Or Morrissey. Actually, I’d be completely flattered if any other musician connected enough with our songs to want to cover one of them.

Stage look:

Every tour is different. I sit with my best friend, Jackie Young, and we have style inspiration sessions. For this tour, I looked to the movie Urban Cowboy, ’60s female motorcycle gangs and Tina Turner. Last tour was Anita Pallenberg and Stevie Nicks. Being on stage is awesome because it lends the opportunity to be a little more bold with fashion choices.

Plans for 2012:

We’re already working on our new album and hope to record and release it in 2012. And touring, touring, touring. We’ll definitely be all over North America, and I hope we have the opportunity to go back to Europe.