Dorothy + Charming Liars + Marina City

Lansing, Michigan (August 1, 2018)Dorothy, brought her Freedom Tour 2018, with special guests, Charming Liars, and Marina City to The Loft in LansingMI tonight. Great weather and a cool city had me really looking forward to this show! I had seen Dorothy before so I knew I was in for a rocking’ show and was excited to see Charming Liars for the first time, especially after getting to interview them before the show! Interview to follow photos) Charming Liars came out and the crowd was really digging their alt-rock vibes, as was I.  The Loft was a great venue for these bands with it being pretty small, it made for a very up close and personal performance. Charming Liars set definitely made me a fan! Then it was time for Dorothy. Again, the setting made for a very intimate feeling performance and the crowd was absolutely loving it! One of my favorite things about this show was how many small kids were there! I love seeing families going out to shows together. With the smoke machines, candles, and low light, Dorothy put on a great show with a cool vibe (as usual). I highly recommend checking out DorothyCharming Liars, and Marina City if you haven’t already!

Give me a brief history of the band. How did you guys start out?

Mike

“We’ve been a band for probably about 3 or 4 years now. We moved to America, me (Mike – bass) and Karnig (guitar) about 5 or 6 years ago, and then a couple years after that, we met Kiliyan (vocals), and that’s when the formation of Charming Liars really solidified.

What were some of your musical influences growing up?

Kiliyan

“Ya know, it’s interesting because our influences really differ. For myself, I’m influenced by artist like Jackson Brown and Depeche Mode. Then you have our guitar player, Karnig, who’s kind of into more recent/ modern bands. “

Mike

“Me and Kiliyan are kind of similar in the fact that we grew up with our parent’s records and that was a big influence on our musical journeys, and I love looking backward when it comes to music, and our record collections reflect that.”

Was there one specific band or person that made you want to be a musician?

Kiliyan

“Growing up, surprisingly because we sound nothing like them, but one of the first bands that I thought was just the coolest thing ever was Van Halen. I told myself I either want to be Eddie Van Halen or David Lee Roth, but I’m not that good of a guitar player.”

Mike

“For me, I grew up in West London, which is kind of where English Punk formed in the 70’s, so all the old punk rockers, and saw a couple members of the Sex Pistols playing at a pub near my house, and it was the first time I heard live drums and distorted guitars, and that was a sound I hadn’t heard before, and I was just like “I wanna do that”. Especially as a young kid punk music is very accessible and easy to learn how to play. So that’s kind of where my inspirations came from.

How would you describe your sound in 3 words?

Mike

“Dark, sexy, and foreign”

What bands would be on your “dream tour”, whether iit’sjust to watch or actually be part of?

Kiliyan

“ One band that I’ve always loved is The Doors, I would love to see The Doors play. Thankfully we have all these great videos of performances, but its not really the same as actually being there.

Mike

“Tom Petty would be mine.”

Kiliyan

“We almost bought tickets to his last tour but we were like “oh, we’ll see him next time” and that was his last tour before he passed away.

Mike

“That was one of my biggest musical mistakes in my life was not buying those tickets. I’d also love to see any band that Dave Grohl has played in.”

Speaking of Dave Grohl, have you guys seen the petition for Chad Kroeger to front a re-formed Nirvana? What are your thoughts on that?

Mike

“This may be an unpopular opinion, but I actually rate Chad Kroeger as a great musician. He gets a bad reputation, but if you look objectively at that band (Nickelback), they’re really good song writers, great performers, and great musicians. So to answer the question, I don’t think anyone should front Nirvana, that’s a silly idea, but if they were able to play a one-off show, I’d love to see Chad Kroeger give it a go. He’s got some pipes.

If you could bring back one dead musician, who would it be?

Mike

“I think we kinda already answered that question. Probably Tom Petty, Jim Morrison maybe. David Bowie too. Just bring back everyone.”

Kiliyan

“There’s so many, it’s not really a fair question. (laughing)

If you could collaborate with anyone outside of your genre, who would it be?

Mike

“Lets see, we can get interesting with this one. We covered an Elton John song, and that was really fun, so actually collaborating with him would be really cool.”

What are your thought on today’s music industry with all of the streaming platforms and not many people buying physical CDs anymore?

Mike

“It’s sad because the worth of a song has become almost understated to the point where people don’t understand the work that goes into writing and recording a song, the expense, and the time it takes to get to the point even before you actually release a song. Kiliyan and I both like albums, full length things. I appreciate how spotify has and other streaming platforms have helped younthe ger artist, but at the same time, I think it’s kind of hurt the music industry as a whole, especially our genre. It’s convenient, but as the same time is overwhelming because you can listen to any song or album out there.”

Kiliyan

“The fact records are coming back is great because the artwork is on a larger scale than CDs and you can really appreciate it. I remember being a kid with all the records that my parents had, I didn’t have a record player, but they were just really cool to look at, with the booklet and all the lyrics, and you lose some of that with a CD.”

Do you guys have a favorite city or venue to play?

Kiliyan

“Lansing. (laughing)”

Mike

“It’s weird, but I’ll tell you what my least favorite city to play in and that’s actually LA, where we live. It’s weird, the bigger cities, although they have the prestige and history, nowadays, especially with the populations of the cities, they’re not really music hubs anymore. LA is a music hub as far as the business of music, but there isn’t really a good scene there. If you travel to the surrounding cities of LA, you have really good scenes and communities of people who will come out to shows and see bands they haven’t heard of. In the bigger cities, people seem to be spoiled for choice with so many other things to go do.”

Kiliyan

“I feel like a lot of the time people in the big cities don’t want to give up their “cool illusion” by getting excited when they’re actually at a show, and just stand there with their arms crossed.

Do you guys have a preference of touring or recording?

Mike

“I personally prefer touring.”

Kiliyan

“ It varies. At the end of a tour I will probably say that I prefer recording because I’ll be so tired, but when we’re in the studio for extensive amounts of time, it kind of the opposite. There is a certain comfort that comes with touring. You get in a rhythm and don’t have time to think about tomorrow and you just keep moving and I think that I need that sometimes. I’m a chronic over-thinker so it really helps me.

Mike

“You know that everyday you have to do the same thing but its slightly different, different town, different people, but you know what time you go on stage and then what you have to do after that, and I kinda miss it when I go home.”

Anything else you guys would like to add?

Mike

“We have a record coming out very, very soon. We’ve just finished, and ya know, we can actually reveal the name of it.

Kiliyan

“Yeah, the new record is going to be called “Thought Flesh and Bone”, and we’re shooting around artwork and things like that right now. So I think in late September or early October it will be released.

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Author: Cheyenne Comerford

Senior Photographer, Journalist — Portfolio

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