Living In Question
- from Puna, HI
From the Big Island of Hawaii, Living In Question plays a unique pedigree of heavy rock that could only be cultivated from four guys who needed to express something a bit more than the island's musical norm. The band quickly gained notoriety as they gigged incessantly in the underground party scene, with their own PA system and power generator in tow. Word spread of the wild jungle parties and soon the band was touring the neighboring islands in search of fellow rockers to share the experience. The band became the go-to opening act on the islands for national touring bands such as Filter, Evanescence, Lit, Liz Phair, Everclear, and others, gaining a more mainstream rock fan base in Honolulu. LIQ committed their sound to tape when Lazy Bones Recordings released their self-titled debut in 2003, shattering sales records throughout Hawaii. The CD's success led to P1 Rock station KPOI (Honolulu) adding their single, "Tradition", into rotation (only the 2nd local band in the station's history to be added into regular rotation.) The buzz led to tours of the mainland with Fishbone and Authority Zero.
In 2005, Lazy Bones released the band's ambitious sophomore release, "Green." A ground breaking record, this led to numerous placements in film, TV and advertising, including: MTV, Activision, FOX, ABC, Sony Playstation, NBC, CBS/Paramount, Nike, Ford, Dodge, Mazda and NASCAR. The band was also signed to endorsement deals by Local Motion, Parker Guitars, Mesa Boogie amps, Ernie Ball strings, Mapex drums, Vic Firth and Warwick.
During a band hiatus in 2009, Lazy Bones released "Live at the Palace Theater," recorded in their main stomping ground of Hilo, Hawaii. Regrouping in 2012, the band has completed their 3rd full length for Lazy Bones: Recipes & Remedies. Fusing the intensity of the band's early music with the melodic musings of "Green", the new record marks a new era in LIQ's 12th year of playing together. The album was mixed by Tchad Blake & band member Chris Albers.
IN ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTIONS...
1) WHAT DOES THE BAND SOUND LIKE?
A melting pot of heavy rock, conjuring the spirits of classics like Zeppelin and Bob Marley, with a healthy dose of groove oriented riffage in the vein of Helmet and Rage Against the Machine. Sometimes melodic and orchestrated, sometimes intense and visceral; and always making a head bob or an ass shake.
2) HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE NAME?
The band that eventually would become Living In Question was called "Liquid". In fact a lot of the old school still refer to us as that! Of course, the name was already taken by another band so we changed it to an acronym: Living In Question Until I Die. That was too wordy, so we truncated it to "Living In Question."
3) WHAT PREVIOUS HISTORY DID THE BAND MEMBERS SHARE?
We all grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii, which is a pretty trippy, unique place. We inevitably found each other because we were aiming for a rock band, which are few and far between on the island. So it was just as much about the music we listened to as it was the ability to play our instruments. We really ended up growing up together as musicians as we started playing jungle parties and playing other bands' music, to forming an identity and writing our own tunes.
4) HOW/WHEN DID THE BAND FORM AND WHOSE IDEA WAS IT?
The band played its first show as "Liquid," in 1997 in a funky little hippie town called Pahoa. I remember going through like, 2 expensive black ink cartridges printing flyers for it at my parent's house. It was so exciting to play rock music in Hawaii, because it wasn't around much but so many people identified with it. It wasn't anyone's idea in particular, but everyone was having fun, so we kept doing it and are still doing it.
5) WHERE/WHEN WAS THE NEW RECORD RECORDED?
Recipes and Remedies was recorded in LA and Hawaii - all the basic tracks were recorded at my studio, Sun Worshipper, in LA and then we rented a house in Kapoho, Hawaii for a month to track vocals and extraneous instruments. Because of schedules, the record took about a year to complete, from writing all the tunes, to having the CD in hand.
6) WHO WROTE THE RECORD?
All four members wrote it together in the rehearsal studio. Glynn and Chris wrote the lyrics. We recorded the demos in June 2011 and sat on them for a bit, then rearranged the tunes and wrote new parts/ omitted old parts., etc., Basically trimmed a lot of the fat, and added more spice. The whole thing was reminiscent of cooking a fancy dinner for your ears, so we called the record Recipes & Remedies.
7) WHO PRODUCED IT?
Scott Schorr, who has produced all of our records. The band co-produced it and the guitarist, Chris Albers, mixed quite a bit of it. Tchad Blake, an audio guru of Pearl Jam and Peter Gabriel fame, mixed a couple tracks, including the first single, "Divebar Daydreams."
8) WHEN'S THE RECORD OUT?
Signed copies are available to preorder at www.lazybones.com and they ship out Sept 15th. The official release date is October 2, 2012, and it will also be available on iTunes on that date.
9) WHAT WAS THE QUESTION?
I don't know.
Chris Albers: Guitar and Vocals
Frank Bianchini: Drums and Percussion
Glynn Motoishi: Lead Vocals and Keyboards
Jason Paulsen: BassPress
"Nothing prepared me to be blown away as I was when I heard their CD." - Hawaii Island Journal