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INTERVIEW – Lauren Boquette of Lords of Ruin – March 2013

We were lucky enough to get Lords of Ruin lead vocalist Lauren Boquette to answer a few questions for us.

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ToddStar: If it is okay, I would love to jump right into discussing your newest release, Life Is A War.  I find myself keeping it in my normal rotation of albums I am listening to ever since I first heard it.  What can you briefly tell us about that disc, that most people may not know on the surface?

Lauren: First off, thank you for taking the time to check it out! There are tons of new releases coming out all the time these days and we appreciate you listening to ours. We work really hard to create quality music so the fact that you dig it really means a lot! On the surface people would think this is an angry album and that it was financed by some big record company but the fact is, we are all very positive people who make this music because we love it. And we wrote and recorded this EP all on our own. We had planned on just releasing it ourselves though our own 1605 Records but then Sullen stepped up to put it out with us and that was awesome! So it’s a 1605 Records/ Sullen Musik release. We are really proud of that because with or without a bigger company like Sullen, we would have still put this out! The music means that much to us.

ToddStar: In your opinion, in what ways does it vary from other projects you have been involved in?

Lauren: It came together very organically. Me and the guys got together to create music that WE liked without any real agenda and although that is my approach with every band I am in, this time it was all just fun and honest. All of us share the same instincts that tell us where the songs should go, so it all works really effortlessly and honestly, we do it for ourselves although we do hope others enjoy the outcome.

ToddStar: A couple of the songs are very strong.  Are there any favorites of yours that you find yourself going back to?  Any you wish came out sounding different?

Lauren: “This is Her Life (Wasted)” was a tricky one, we recorded it a couple of different ways and in retrospect it’s hard to say which version was better, we just ran with the most recent version we did for the Ep. It is a true song though;  the girl in the story actually exists.

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ToddStar: Regarding Life Is A War, were any of the songs easier to write than others?  You often hear about an artist that sat down to write a song and that essentially the song wrote itself.  Were any of the songs difficult to get out?  If so, which?

Lauren: Again, probably “Wasted” was the easiest and the hardest for me, simply because it was a true story and I needed to capture that feeling correctly. The lyrics and the performance of those lyrics had to hit that nerve…that was the goal.

ToddStar: Are any of the songs being better received than others?  I know the critics and reviewers speak of their favorites, but what are the fans and live crowds reacting positively to?

Lauren: Well it just came out and we have only done select dates live but so far I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback on “Welcome To The Last Time” but now that the EP’s been released, only time will tell what the stand out tracks will be. I’m excited to find out.

ToddStar: If you had to describe the sound of Lords Of Ruin to someone who had never heard of you, how would you do that?

Lauren:  Our goal has always been to just be a heavy hard rock band. The term Metal has gotten played out, and Punk turned pop for the most part so we will take hard rock thank you! If people like AC/DC, Metallica, Pantera, Guns & Roses and similar head banging hard rock, they should feel what we do.

ToddStar: When performing live, what type of set list do you anticipate having? Do you have other material from this band unrecorded that you use, or do you tap the resources of previous bands and projects?

Lauren: We do have some new material that was written after this EP that we play live and we put out music before “Life Is A War”, that is on our website as well as on iTunes. That older material was an album of songs left over from my old band SiX. Lords bassist Travis Dunn played with SiX a bunch so when we started this band, that was the first material we were playing. Our first live show ever was in 2010 with Korn and most of that set was those early songs. It was just evolution that got us here at “Life is a War.”

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ToddStar: If you had to pick possible pairings for an ideal tour, what other bands would you like to see Lords of Ruin out on the road with?

Lauren: We would fit well on a festival tour. We all like so many different types of music, that a mix of everything would be perfect. We would love to be a part of the European festival circuit. They do it right over there!! Australia kicks ass with festivals too!! But for a regular tour, if we could go back in time and tour with Pantera or currently tour with AC/DC we would love it. We want to be around bands that like to rock hard and party hard. Bands that truly love this music life that we are blessed to have and don’t take it all too seriously. We don’t want to be the cool hipsters or scenesters….we just wanna play our hearts and souls out.

ToddStar: What is next for Lords of Ruin? Any plans to record anytime soon or is there going to be a big tour cycle surrounding Life Is A War?

Lauren: We have already started writing a full length album that I would love to get out in the summer and yes hopefully tour our asses off. The touring world has changed drastically but when the right situation happens you can bet your ass we will hit the road and hit it hard. We look forward to it.

ToddStar: Do you find any of the other arts affect your music or the way you approach writing, recording, or playing live with Lords of Ruin?

Lauren: Without a doubt! As artists you can’t help but be affected by great movies, books, art, dance any type of great expression. Great is great regardless of the format.

ToddStar: Are there any bands that are currently releasing music or touring that influence you personally or professionally?  What is the last CD/mp3 album you listened to?

Lauren: We are all fans first! We are the guys who get excited to hang out, listen to and discuss music, new and old. Rose Tattoo is my favorite band of all time, they constantly pump me up and remind me why I sold my soul to rock n roll but for newer stuff, I have been obsessed with Brian Fallon and The Gaslight Anthem’s music for the past few years, just can’t get enough. I have also been crazy about Against Me and Lucero. When I find new stuff that I love, I’m a kid all over again. Stoked and want to share my discoveries with anyone who will listen.

ToddStar: If there were one piece of music in the history of time that you wish you had written, what would it be and why?

Lauren: For a long time I was obsessed with Pink Floyd “The Wall” so I guess I’d say that one simply because I related to it so much. But I love the gifts that other artists give me, so I don’t think I ever wished I had done them. Every time I hear a Springsteen song, it makes me want to write more and go even deeper. He challenges me to look at my life and the life around me but I don’t think I ever wanted to write his songs. They are his truth and receiving that truth is a gift.

ToddStar: What is the meaning of life?

Lauren: I have learned that a good life is made up of only 2 things: Truth and Love. You must find your own truth and live it every day, whatever it is and you must fearlessly embrace love. There are so many incredible things in this life and we must not be afraid to let them in and touch our souls. Something as amazing as how the wave’s crash on a beach or how clouds float in the sky… the true beauty of life that is around us, that is love. Every moment you are alive is the greatest gift you will ever receive, every breath is a new beginning.  I learned about love by fighting it for a long time, I ran from it probably thinking it would hurt me but the opposite actually happens. I know what darkness feels like but seriously once you let the light in, you connect with the true meaning of life and you truly start to live.

ToddStar: Other than making sure everyone checks out your website and Facebook, are there any other current projects, sites, or causes you would like to promote?

Lauren: Not really, enjoy the music and enjoy your life! Remember you only get one ride on this roller-coaster, enjoy it and ride it til the wheels fall off!!!

Todd ‘ToddStar’ Jolicoeur

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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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  1. Bryan says:

    Rad interview. I met Lauren at the beach in So. CA one day and rapped with him for an hour or so about music and life in general. He totally gets it, and was a very cool dude. Wish him all the success in the world.

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