It's the end of the semester and you're a Longhorn, so the chances that you've met someone in a band are pretty high. The chances you've sat down for coffee with a British-American rock and roll band that constantly tours the country, plays South By Southwest and Austin City Limits, and has released an album on Island Records? Not so high. That's exactly what I had the opportunity to do when I chatted up five-year-old Austin-founded band Electric Touch.
"We put on the same show whether it's 5 or 5,000 people we still go for the same emotion," said singer Shane Lawlor. "There's no off switch to being a musician, the motor's always running."
HC Texas: What's the best thing about touring?
Electric Touch: Of course spreading the music, meeting new people, getting to play in front of new fans, and seeing new cities that you don't see all the time and adapting to the environments around you…so much new stuff happens, you never really know what you're going to do that day.--Louis Messina, Jr., drums
HC Texas: What's the worst thing about tour?
Electric Touch: Missing the comforts of home, missing loved ones sometimes is difficult. you can lose touch of regular reality sometimes when you're on a tour bus, one city after the next, you can become disconnected with normal things but that's sort of the joy of it as well, it's a bit of an adventure. even at the worst moments it's better than a lot of other things you could be doing so we're really happy all the time.--Shane Lawlor, singer
HC Texas: What's your favorite city to play?
Electric Touch: That's really tough because they're all really, really great. We played at the Moody Theater at ACL Live and that was awesome because it's a hometown show for us. We always like going to New York and Los Angeles and every city really is a little bit different and it's nice to kind of appreciate it for what it is.--Shane Lawlor, singer
HC Texas: What's your latest album, Never Look Back, giving fans?
Electric Touch: It's 10 songs of tales from the street and stories from the city about love and the lack of love. Kind of about the human condition really; those feelings that anybody can kind of connect with, that everybody goes through.--Shane Lawlor, singer
Louis Messina, Jr.-Drums (fraternal twin brother of guitarist, Christopher!)
Source/Photo Credits: http://electrictouch.com/photo/ Island Records, Electric Touch