LONELY YEAR has shared may shows in the last couple of years with the likes of The FLORALS, JETTY BONES and others. Principle songwriter Spencer Apple is playing solo at Communivale 2015. So Andy Ingram had some questions for him. Spencer plays at 10:10 PM.
AI: LONELY YEAR has played frequently around Springfield and Dayton but I can never figure out if you have a band, duo, or are solo or what? So you are playing solo at Communivale but what is your usual line-up?
SA: LONELY YEAR started out as a two-piece (guitar and drums) but recently it has just been my acoustic guitar and me. I am currently recording an EP that is full-band. I plan to play some full-band shows in the near future, but I am playing solo at Communivale.
AI: Who are you recording with?
SA: Cody Eanes.
AI: Who has Cody recorded or played with?
SA: He is in Ken's Motorbike and Absent Youth.
AI: How old are you? Why aren't you playing video games like most teenagers?
SA: I am 16-years-old. I've never been into video games. A lot of my friends, when I was younger, played video games, but they never interested me. Playing music was way more fun to me!
AI: What makes you want to write songs?
SA: Most of the time when I start to write a song I like to base it off of a situation from my life. Anger and sadness makes me want to write songs because it makes me feel better to write my feelings out on paper.
AI: Who are some of your primary influences?
SA: I've been listening to a lot of Smashing Pumpkins and Catherine Wheel lately and I would say they have an influence on my music.
AI: With so much of your life ahead of you, where do you see music fitting in to your dreams or goals?
SA: I love writing music and playing shows and I feel like I will continue writing and playing the rest of my life, but I do not plan on making music a career. A singer/songwriter's dream is to be noticed by some label and get signed, but I just want to be able to play music and have people relate to it. Wether there are five people in the room or 50, I just want to be able to have one person relate to my music.