Q&A with Scott Lucas of Scott Lucas and The Married Men

By Sarah Spencer

Scott Lucas of Scott Lucas and The Married Men, also of Local H, sat down with Ticket Alternative’s Sarah Spencer, for an interview before their March 16 show at Maxine’s Pub in downtown Hot Springs, Ark. for a quick glimpse into he and his band’s life on tour and some of his influences musically.

Thank you for coming back to Hot Springs, Scott.

You’re welcome. Thank you for coming back yourself.

You’re welcome. It’s my pleasure. Can you describe to me your sound in your own words?

Um, I don’t really know. Basically, I just really wanted to do something that was really mellow. Basically that’s the best way I can describe it. Something like the first or second Cowboy Junkies record. So it was just something like that. Just trying to be just this sort of romantic type of sound, you know? And the more we played the more comfortable the band got.

How did the band form?

I had just written a bunch of demos…well, they weren’t demos, a bunch of songs for my girlfriend and just sort of emailed them to her. They were just for that, just between me and her, or her and I, no, it’s me and her [smiles and laughs]. So they were love letters. So after the first week of that I realized I could make a record. So I started talking to these guys about going in to record and it went from there.

What are your musical influences?

Ummm, ya know, everything. This record’s sound was mainly influenced by Cowboy Junkies and early Pink Floyd and Pavement and things like that.

How did you come up with the name The Married Men?

Our violin player, Becca, came up with that name because a good number of the band is married, although, she is not married nor is she a man [smiles and laughs].

Yes, I saw the irony in that also [laughs]. Can you tell me a little bit about your latest EP, The Absolute Beginners?

Yeah, that was recorded after our first tour. When we recorded our first record we had only been together for maybe more than a month and we just recorded very quickly over a weekend and I wanted to sort of see if the band’s dynamic had changed after the first tour so we booked a day to go in right when we came back the very next day after the tour was over and recorded the songs and captured the growing dynamic of the band.

What are some of your musical guilty pleasures?

Um, I don’t know. I don’t really feel guilty for liking anything. Oh, I like Rihanna a lot but, I don’t really feel guilty for liking her [laughs].

What’s a typical day like on tour?

Driving, pretty much. Just the driving and trying to get up and get seven people out of the hotel room and into the van and once their there [in the van], not having to stop to go to the bathroom over and over [laughs].

Did you have a celebrity crush as a child?

A celebrity crush as a child…Ann Margaret.

Elvis films.

Exactly.

She’s a cute redhead.

She’s amazing.

Okay, so you’ll be at SXSW in a couple of days…

Tomorrow we’re gonna go.

Tomorrow? Is there anything in particular that you want to see or do while in Austin?

Just hangin’ out with everybody and some of these guys [bandmates] haven’t been down there for SXSW before so I’m looking forward to seeing their reaction and them having fun, which they will.

Austin’s a cool town.

Yes, it is.

Do you have a festival survival kit?

Like an adrenaline needle? [Laughs] No, not really. Just keep moving basically, that’s the thing.

Is there anything that you would like to add that I haven’t asked you about?

Um, no, not really [laughs].

Kind of a private kind of guy, huh? [Laughs]

[Smiles] Sorry.

Thank you for sitting down and taking the time out to talk to me.

Thank you very much.

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