GET TO KNOW: Left On Read
After introducing themselves with a flurry of impressive initial offerings last year, Irish trio Left On Read now return to deliver their first piece of new material of 2023, the glittering new single 'Most Of All'.
Bringing back more of that fresh and shimmering indie-pop direction they are building for themselves, 'Most Of All' makes for a rousing return to form for the group. Packed with bouncing hooks, a vibrant atmosphere, and compelling vocals throughout, they are certainly cementing themselves as one of the more engaging names on the rise right now.
So with the new single available to stream now, we sat down with frontman Steven Tynan to find out more about his origins and influences over the years.
What was the first band or artist you fell in love with?
Other than Barny the Dinosaur? I was pretty obsessed with Muse when I first started playing music. Every song they had was an anthem and they put on a helluva show! I pretty much wanted to be Matt Bellamy for a few years there to be honest.
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
I started a cover band when I was about 16. I’d been learning guitar and piano only a few months and just thought I’d wing it with a few friends. We weren’t great but we managed to spoof our way into getting loads of pub gigs. We only knew about 90 minutes worth of tunes for 2-3 hour sets so we’d repeat the ones we could play well 2 or 3 times a night. All our friends would come out to the gigs and throw loads of money at the bar so no one ever complained to be honest.
What has been your primary inspiration in writing music?
Well the motive would have been that cover band! I loved playing live but had no patience to learn other people's songs! I’m inspired by personal experience and emotion for the most part. Sometimes I read about stuff that I find interesting as well and that sends me down a rabbit hole. I just think every song should tell a story really. The lads and myself have great chemistry when we write together too. We just react to each other and if we do it long enough we usually find something really cool. That’s the best way to write for me.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. I mean it’s a perfect song. I don’t have the genius of George Harrison though with his ability to ignore every rule of music theory and still make it work. I’d happily put my name to “Mr. Brightside” too. I’d never have to work another day in my life!
If there was any moment in your career you could relive, what would it be?
I’ve never had so many good days with a band as this one but the first day we got to meet up after Covid put us into lockdown is a standout moment in my whole life to be honest. The lads came to mine and we were planning to jam out a few grungey song ideas we had. It was also probably the hottest day Ireland has ever seen and playing heavy music in a room I tried to soundproof by adding about 46 layers or insulation really highlighted that. Adam went outside for 10 minutes so he wouldn’t pass out so Jack and myself sat on the floor and bounced off each other writing a guitar riff a note at a time. Adam came back in and started drumming over what we had and in the space of a few hours we wrote what became our first single “Never Enough”. The buzz in that moment after so many months away from each other was just pretty special.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
Bob Ross. We could play an emotional underscore while he paints the happiest little sunset you’ve ever seen! Honestly it’s about having someone on stage who gives off good vibes. Someone like Cory Wong from Vulfpeck would be cool - point me to anyone that looks happier than him when playing a guitar.
And is there an artist you would love to collaborate with as well?
Paul McCartney. Imagine how cool it’d be to make music with a Beatle. I’d even take Ringo to be honest, I mean “Octopus’ Garden” is probably in my top 10 Beatles tunes.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Playing the first ever gig on the moon. I sound like a broken record always saying that but hey someone’s gotta do it at some stage - Murphy’s law! To be honest we love making music and the songs ain’t half bad either. There is nothing holding us back from going all the way.
Left On Read's new single 'Most Of All' is available to stream now. Check it out below.