Love Gravel Interview
Love Gravel launched their new EP on 19th September and hosted a party/gig to celebrate it. Before the gig ManchesterRocks caught up with their guitarist and primary songwriter, Luke Chant, to find out whether he dreams of loving gravel…
So Luke, tonight is the big EP launch…
Yes, our first EP, recorded earlier this year and finally released today.
What is the motivation behind the songs on the EP? In other words can you give is a brief resume of the EP?
The first song, Preserve, I have no idea what the lyrics are about personally as I wrote the riffs for that song. It actually came to me in a dream, weirdly enough, I actually woke up and had to record the riff in the bathroom at 3am and not wake the wife up. I took it to band practice a couple days later and they were like “oh my God”, so that was the song Preserve which is the single with the video.
Why is it called Preserve?
Our titles have very little to do with the lyrics, we just write the song and Bianca (Dusk – singer) writes the lyrics later. I think it was called preserve because condom in French is préservatif, and we thought that was hilarious because we are all aged 10!
Frogmarch, the second track on the EP, was written in the practice room and is probably the earliest song we have still got, I think it was February 2014 when that was written. It has a loud/quiet dynamic like The Pixies or Nirvana.
Coast: Tim wrote Coast so you will have to ask him about that.
And Mortar is based on a riff that I wrote several years ago when I was doing my own solo thing and originally it was called Bricks. We decided it needed to be changed a little bit so we thought mortar, goes with bricks, that's how clever we are!
How would you describe Love Gravel’s music for anyone who may be curious?
It is heavily influenced by 90’s grunge like Nirvana, Mudhoney, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains and the desert rock vibe like QotSA and Kyuss. I think Bianca calls us the filthy 90’s kids [laughs].
Do you have any more gigs lined up?
We are hoping to do another UK tour in the New Year, until then we going to do a couple more Manchester shows before the end of the year, possibly another one in the Midlands but we will wait and see on the natural schedule.
And you've got the EP on sale this evening and presumably people can download it or buy it?
Yes the physical EP is available to buy, and the songs can be downloaded via Bandcamp.
If you want to find out more about Love Gravel you can do so here:
And if you want to buy their EP, it is only £3, you can do so here:
Thanks to Tim for giving up a few minutes to talk to us and thanks to Bianca too for arrangements etc..
Interview & Portrait: Anthony Firmin