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A Dirty Dozen with JAKE EARLEY from THE LONELY ONES – October 2020

| 28 October 2020 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “Hard rock band The Lonely Ones released their brand new single “Real Big Trouble” to all digital outlets. “Real Big Trouble” started simple – with all of us passing an acoustic guitar back and forth. It is the heaviest song we’ve written but showcases all of our influences from old Thin Lizzy swing to Beartooth. Songs like that are our favorite to write and i hope people dig it as much as we enjoyed making it” says the band. Formed in the summer of 2019, The Lonely Ones are a four piece vocal-oriented hard rock band with an ear for melody and a taste for success. No strangers to the hardships of the music industry, The Lonely Ones know what they want and know how to get it. The first singles “Eternal Sadness” and “The Lonely One” debuted in March of 2020.” We get Jake to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

I wouldn’t say there would be any hidden nuggets with this release but our main goal for the new tunes is to give our fans a few curve balls with new styles of writing that we are not use to. For example- we put a pretty sweet breakdown in the song that is something we haven’t done yet being we are mainly a rock band but we want to show we can do rock and metal elements together.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

When I realized I wanted to be a musician was around 2008 when I went to Ohio’s biggest rock music festival and got to see how all the bands worked and how crazy the energy was in the bands and the crowd, after that day I knew that getting a normal job wasn’t in the cards for me.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

My musical inspirations are pretty weird, I grew up only listening to metal, hardcore and Nu metal. Then I slowly appreciated main stream rock music because of how they understand how to write hooks as their main goal so I took a lot of bands from both genres and tried to blend both the best I can with it making sense and having a hook.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Mine change a lot from time to time but if I was going off of what I’m really inspired right now now would be In flames, Tool, Muse, Royal Blood, and Killswitch Engage a little bit too.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

I would love to write a song with Bjorn Gelotte from In Flames. He writes so many melodic riffs and I base a lot of my style off of him it would be cool to collaborate something with him in a perfect world.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

I would say if you like any current and past rock band or even modern heavier bands without the screaming you would find an appreciation for us. There’s a little bit of something for every rock and metal fan with our band.

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Marty is always cooking, Jymmy is always noodling on guitar finding new songs, and Tommy and I are the ones in the back drinking beer and listening to Tool songs.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

I met Chris Jericho at a festival in Wisconsin and I grew up a wrestling fan and a fan of his band and I’m pretty sure I messed it up hahaha. I think I talked about the weather like a lame-o.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason what would be your dream job?

I love the shows and being in the studio to write new music. And if I wasn’t able to do this anymore I would probably work in a lab at some hospital not dealing with people haha.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

I don’t like any cookie cutter questions like “how long have you played guitar,” ”whose your favorite band” basic stuff like that. I’m even down for silly questions just to be outside the box.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Not really, I think everything I’ve done that got me here was the right move and I’m very fortunate to be a part of this.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

I would go back during the writing of Slipknot Volume 3 album they recorded it at Houdini’s haunted mansion and that just sounded like a really cool spooky vacation that was part of writing some of their biggest hits.

BONUS QUESTION – Due to the current world situation with COVID-19 / quarantine / shelter in place, what have you discovered you miss the most from your life before the pandemic struck?

I miss being able to tour, we toured 6 months out of the year, 150+ shows. Going from that and only playing 1 show this year has been pretty hard on us.




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