Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with The L.A. Maybe.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
THE L.A. MAYBE: The L.A. Maybe is a 6-piece rock n’ roll band hailing from the southern heat of the Carolinas. If you’re a fan of Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, or Van Halen…you will feel right at home adding LAM to your record collection. Lead vocalist Alvi Robinson (who was one of only four singers to audition to replace Brian Johnson in AC/DC in 2016) lays down gritty, passionate vocals while the rest of the band back him up with slithering riffs, huge catchy hooks, and ripping guitar solos. LAM firmly plants its feet at the very forefront of the New Wave of Classic Rock movement and you’re sure to have at least one of their choruses stuck in your head at any given moment. Drawing influence from nearly every style of music, The L.A. Maybe put on an electrifying live show and stand for everything you love about rock music, old and new.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
THE L.A. MAYBE: Of course we’re inspired by all our heroes, many of whom I’m sure you can immediately name upon listening to our music…but who really inspire us are our peers. Bands like Dirty Honey, Small Town Titans, Joyous Wolf, Blacktop Mojo, South of Eden, Greta Van Fleet, and so many more. They keep us hungry and excited to be a part of the New Wave of Classic Rock.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
THE L.A. MAYBE: “Mr. Danger” is a great representation of who we are at this point in our career. As a new band it was important to us to put our best foot forward and come out swinging. It’s the kind of blistering rock you get when you combine the singalong choruses of AC/DC with the punchy riffs of Mötley Crüe, sprinkle in some Southern Carolina heat, and bring it all into the 21st Century.
I actually came up with the opening riff while testing out a new guitar. I thought it had an AC/DC vibe but was different in feel due to alternating between 6/4 and 4/4 time signatures. I wanted to dig into that AC/DC feel even more and have it drop into a hard rock, chord-based riff which formed the verses and core of the song. The rest came pretty effortless after that!
One thing I love is the addition of a big pop hook/chorus in the middle complete with vocal harmonies reminiscent of something Journey may have done. All of these different elements and genres combine to make us, us.
“Mr. Danger” is an anthem for those who fly the flag of the New Wave of American Rock. It’s an ode to living fast and loose. But most of all, it’s a call to arms for rock n’ roll fans everywhere to stand up, get loud, and to never let the music die without a hell of a fight.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
THE L.A. MAYBE: You can expect loud, aggressive rock n’ roll delivered as loud as possible. We’re your typical rock band in that regard. But what you might not realize is the musicianship of all the guys in the band is out of this world…and we try to throw a lot of little Easter eggs in there for the musicians standing in the back with their arms crossed. You might hear gypsy jazz, harmonized dual guitar solos, slap bass breakdowns, classical piano…who knows?! Guess you have to come to a show to find out! 😉
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
THE L.A. MAYBE: We’re dreaming big and swinging for the fences. In the next 5 years we hope to be touring as a national headliner with a strong batch of releases under our belt. Now…back to work to make that happen.