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SIMGE Survey: Getting To Know Smokey Lenses // Stream “Candle Glow”

Mike Mehalick June 2, 2016 Features, Interviews No Comments

Smokey Lenses

Some music is just tailor made for long summer drives. No bands do it much better than those who live where it’s summer all the time, and we have the debut offering from LA rockers Smokey Lenses to back that up.

The band recently unveiled single “Candle Glow” which immediately caught my ear with its nostalgic, amber-hued instrumentals and whip smart pop sensibilities.

I sent Adam of Smokey Lenses the SIMGE Survey to help get to know where the band is coming from better. Check out our intro of Smokey Lenses and stream “Candle Glow” below.

Name: Adam Oberst
Band: Smokey Lenses
Instrument(s): Guitar/Vocals

What sound(s) do you/your band make?

Some loud, some quiet. We strive to create music that excites and moves us and we hope that others will enjoy too. We’re inspired by the energy that can be conveyed in music and the grit of rock n’ roll.

If you could have anything fall from the sky what would it be and why?

Probably enough rain to end the droughts.

When I was a kid I used to love to…

Pretend I was Batman. When I was about four or five years old I would tell people to address me as Batman, or I wouldn’t respond. I would also wear my Batman costume, hang out in my Batman tent (pitched in the living room), play with Batman toys, watch the cartoon, movies and sleep in my Batman sleeping bag.

An embarrassing phase in my life was when…

I had a Batman identity crisis.

The 1st album I purchased:

Maybe the Ricky Martin album with “Livin La Vida Loca.” I thought that song was incredible when I was a small child. I was devastated when I didn’t get to go hear it performed live.

The last album I purchased:

Vinyl of Spoon’s They Want My Soul and The Strokes’ Is This It.

My biggest insecurity:

Feeling like I’m not doing enough or wasting time.

You can easily win me over by…

Being genuinely kind and caring.

Sometimes when I feel anxious I listen to classical music because it can be so soothing and gorgeous.

After a show people compliment me most on…

Songs and stage presence.

Something most people don’t know about me is…

I got my black belt in Taekwondo when I was about 10 years old. I also haven’t practiced it since then.

The band (artist) that altered my perception on life is Jack White because he is an incredibly hard worker who is always taking steps forward and trying new things in music. He also seems to never slow down. In The White Stripes, he used a cheap plastic hard-to-play Airline guitar because he thought the struggle to play that guitar and make music with it added to the passion that would be put into the music by overcoming the struggles. The mentality of steering one’s struggles into creative output is inspirational and necessary for artists of all types.

If not for music I would probably…

Have pursued the culinary arts.

What are your favorite song lyrics?

“We’re Going to Be Friends” by Jack White (The White Stripes).

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About The Author

Mike is a graduate of the School Of Visual Arts with a BFA in Film & Video focused on screenwriting. His career stops have included editing positions at AOL, The Huffington Post, and BuzzFeed. He regularly contributes to a variety of outlets. Follow him @mmehalick

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