This Interview took place on November 10 at Lando Meyers’ Manhattan penthouse. His home was strikingly similar to Lincoln’s which I visited the week prior— expensive furniture, Downward Spiral paraphernalia. Unlike Lincoln, Lando had sheets of music and notebooks full of lyrics spread out on a desk in his living room, his bass guitar not far away. I asked for a sneak peek into some of his songs that are still a work in progress, but was predictably shut down in a polite manner.
The interview was conducted on Lando’s couch where he sat with his bass guitar in his lap and occasionally strummed when a question seemed to take a lot of thought or made him uncomfortable.
As mysterious as Lincoln Miller was, Lando struck me as a man with a lot more beneath the surface than he was willing to let show during our brief time together.
— Thomas Riley
Lincoln told me about how the band was started years ago. But tell me, are you all still as close as you were back in high school?
I love my bandmates, they’re like brother’s to me. I’m not going to pretend that after months on the road together, crammed into a bus, smelling each other’s feet we don’t get a bit fed up, but at the end of the day we’re family. We’ve all been through a lot together and we’ve formed unbreakable bonds. They’re all great guys, even when I can’t stand them.
I understand while Lincoln wrote the two most popular songs in the catalogue, you’ve written all the rest. Was it always the intention you’d be the primary writer for the band?
Lincoln writes when he feels particularly inspired, I write because it has to be done. One of the big sticking points when we signed with Epic was that we’d never perform songs by someone outside of the band. We wanted our songs to be personal and mean something to us. I certainly wouldn’t mind if Lincoln could manage to get inspired a little more often, but I’ll always do what’s best for the band and if that means I write almost all of our music, I’m okay with it.
Your songs are full of passion and a deep longing. Where do you get the inspiration for the songs you write?
Lando took a long pause after this question, seemingly lost in thought for several minutes before answering.
Someone very special to me inspired almost all of my songs.
There’s been a lot of speculation about your love life, you date more than any of the other band members but it never seems to stick. Are you saying there’s been someone in particular who managed to capture your heart?
Ha, yeah he captured it alright. It was short lived but it left a big impression on me. There’s not much else to say about it.
What’s it like to be an openly gay rock star?
I’m sure it’s no different than being a straight rock star— fans throw themselves at you, propose marriage, tell you how much they love you even though they don’t know you. It’s strange and in many ways not what I expected. But it’s all worth it to get to do what I love for a living.
There have been some rumors recently that the band is in a rough patch. It’s been reported Jude and Benji got into a fist fight backstage at your last show. Just last week, shortly after my interview with Lincoln, Jude was reportedly found with a prostitute. Is the situation as grave as it seems or do you think you can get through it?
I wouldn’t count us out just yet. We each have our problems, but at the end of the day we’re doing what we love and we’re not going to let that slip away.
How close are you to finishing your next album? Can we expect to hear new songs during your tour that starts next month?
Just some fine tuning left before we can record, everything it right on track.
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