Stray Train is one of the most honest rock bands out there and you can understand this only by hearing their album new album, “Blues From Hell”, just once. Well, I’m sure that then you’ll want to listen to it all the time, but you get the point.
So, we are very happy to present you the interview that Luka Lamut gave to Rock Overdose and to Konstantinos Sotirelis. Enjoy!
Rock Overdose: Hello guys, welcome to Rock Overdose. How it’s going on the band’s side these days?
Luka: Quite busy actually. At the end of 2017 we had a release concert of our second Album in a sold out venue in our home town, things are going well. But as always, if we have a month or two without concerts, we are working on new material. That is what keeps us “alive”, making new music.
Rock Overdose: A few days ago, you released your second album, called “Blues from Hell”. What’s the feedback so far from the press and the fans?
Luka: We are all really happy that the critics like the album, since this is a lot of time the trigger for people to check the music. But the final judge is always our listeners. And nothing can outperform a packed venue with positive energy from the audience at the end of the show.
Rock Overdose: What are the lyrics of the album about?
Luka: The lyrics in general correlate to the title of our album, Blues from Hell – The Legend of the Courageous five. “Blues form Hell” represents what we are as a bend and humans – everything that makes us happy, sad and angry. On the other way, “The Legend of the Courageous five” represents the courage that is needed to stand up to what you believe in. the majority of the lyrics were written during our European Tour.
Rock Overdose: In my opinion, even in I’m not into this genre so much, this album is very honest; it can look you straight in the eye, like every honest blues rock album that was released back in the ‘70s. What’s the “secret” for this recipe?
Luka: If there is one word that could describe the bend, it would be honesty. This shows in the lyrics, our sound and pure connection that we have as bend members. I am really happy that people can feel that through our music. The secret is simply being who you are; present yourself in that way as a musician. I believe people today are searching for something with more content, less bullshit.
Rock Overdose: The band was created in 2015 and only a year later, you released your debut album. Now, one year after the debut album, you come back with a new album. How did you manage to do that? Do you have plenty of new material for future releases, or do you have an infinite inspiration?
Luka: Hmmm, I believe that we are junkies when it comes to making new music. Ideas just flows and we really have well no problem converting ideas into reality. Good chemistry between band members is an important factor. A majority of our music we make together at the rehearsal place. . It just comes out of us, riffs, vocal line, beat...it just clicks together.
Rock Overdose: Here comes the nickname that you have, as a “blues rock machine”. Why do you think the Slovenian media named you like that?
Luka: We are just always pushing forward, just like a Stray Train 😉 Might be it?
Rock Overdose: In the beginning you were a cover band, right? How did you transported into the next level, writing your own material?
Luka: Yes, we started as a cover blues/rock band, playing each month in a cult rock club in Ljubljana. At the beginning, we did not plan making our own music, it was more of a way to keep us in “musical shape”. It all happened one night on sound check when we started jamming...it sounded cool....a few months later, we had our first record.
Rock Overdose: So, how do you plan to promote this album? Is there any tours scheduled?
Luka: Shorty we will be making another video for our second single. Yes, we are planning a European tour this spring, can`t wait to go back on the road.
Rock Overdose: What are your future plans and your goals, expectations and dreams about Stray Train?
Luka: Our plans are making new music, touring across continents and become an important player in blues rock music scene.
Rock Overdose: Thank you very much for this interview. The last words are yours.
Luka: Thank you the invitation. I hope, that we’ll be able to present our music in Greece soon, so that we won`t be only visiting you on holidays