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Midlands purveyors of new-wave psych Lusts are not what they seem. They sound like a classic four-piece but are a duo and are not an old band but part of a wave of stunning indie coming from the middle of the country. Brothers Andy and James Stone take the reverb-heavy sounds of shoegaze and sprinkle in the bombast of the dark, majestic rock of classic 80s bands like Echo & The Bunnymen, and add krautrock rhythms and psych abandon. Debut album Illuminations, released last year, was an immediate indie-classic, which alongside their atmospheric live performances has set them up for a 2016 where they break out even further. We connected with James ahead of their set at new-music, showcase festival The Great Escape in May. Obviously being brothers you have a bond stronger than just music. Was music something that ran through your family? Yeah it was. Both my mum and dad are musicians and were interested in getting us involved as much as possible when me and Andy were growing up. Do you think being brothers gives the two of you the upper hand when it comes to writing music? One of the good things about being in a two-man band with Andy is that we're very similar. Both dark and moody (he laughs). We can have open and honest discussions about the music we're making. Like any band we have creative disagreements but it's usually resolved pretty quickly and the music we make shows a harmony in the way we work. Is your music inspired in anyway by your upbringing or the environment you lived in as kids? Not really if I'm honest. We aren't defined by our upbringing in Leicester. We just try to create new landscapes and new world's through our music. The atmosphere and emotional music in movies often inspires us to create moving pieces, the work of David Lynch in particular is something we draw a lot of inspiration from. Your idea of creating new landscapes and emotions is very clear on your new album. It's also very rooted 1960s/70s psych, so what influences do you draw upon in your music?
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