Hotly-tipped Cheshire four-piece The Luka State, who have just released their brand new single ‘What’s My Problem’ via Salt Town Records/Project Music, will stop at the Fulford Arms in York this week as part of their extensive UK Spring Tour.
The Luka State are Conrad Ellis (voice, guitar), Sam Bell (bass, voice), Jake Barnabas (drums) and Lewis Pusey (guitars) and they hail from Winsford, Cheshire. Famous for its salt mine, the town also lies halfway between Liverpool and Manchester where music and football are the aspirations of every child. The Luka State chose music. They recently made it into our Top 40 of 2018 with their latest release and we are excited to see how their songs translate live.
New single ‘What’s My Problem’ is already picking up play via BBC Radio 1, BBC Introducing, BBC 6 Music, Radio X, Amazing Radio, KROQ etc and is a bold step forward in songwriting that hints at the confidence and intricacies soon to be heard on their forthcoming debut LP. Speaking of the single, singer Conrad said, “It’s about people that think that they need other people or objects or material things or love in their life to make them happy, when in fact people need to be happy within themselves before they find true happiness elsewhere, this song’s kind of a warning and message to learn to love yourself.”
‘What’s My Problem’ like their previous single release, ‘Kick In The Teeth,’ was recorded at The Pool, Bermondsey (Oasis, Bloc Party, Nick Cave), produced by northern up-and-comer Jamie Evans and mixed by Alan Moulder (Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, U2). An instantly hooky and boldly commercial release, ‘What’s My Problem’ channels mainstream attitude but still retains a defiant indie swagger. The area The Luka State grew up is a heavy influence for their lyrics, as Conrad confirms; “Our town breeds boredom and despair”. Nevertheless, the band transform that into a working-class vigour in the music they write, with nods to the early work of The Clash, Manic Street Preachers and The Jam. The Luka State’s foundation lies at a youth club where Conrad and Sam first met at the age of twelve, which now serves as their rehearsal space – it also provided them with a venue to showcase their recent short film, Elvis Ain’t Dead.
Tickets are available here for just £6 – we encourage everyone to get there!