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I caught up with the infectious Lyerr band from Manchester, who’s new single ‘Doctors Orders’ is out tonight at 12pm! The band consist of James Kershaw, Ryan Johnson, Samuel Greene and Rory Magner and the band are known for their melodic songwriting and catchy indie tunes. We talked new music and how the band have been dealing with the whole covid pandemic…

How have things been for you over the lockdown/tier fiasco? What has been the most challenging? 

I guess we’ve been quite grateful to have the band in the past year. Having an outlet or things to spark some excitement through music has been important to us all individually. We’re about to release our second single in these times so trying to promote that has been hard without being able to do the usual things or what we enjoy most in playing live. 

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What are your feelings about the current situation and its impact on live music and venues? 

 It’s hard to take too many positives from it! We’ve all seen first-hand the more documented impact on the likes of venues like Gorilla & Deaf, but there are so many more unsung hero venues struggling too. It’s a shame as some of these venues that opened for food and drink did a brilliant job of managing things safely and you have to think they could’ve managed to put on some safe events to keep everyone’s spirits lifted a bit. Things are way more congested in supermarkets. 

Do you think there has been enough help for the industry throughout the crisis? 

In some ways we’re lucky that as a band we all work full time outside of the music industry, but we’ve seen with protests such as the We Make Events one that those best placed within the industry don’t feel fairly represented at the moment and still probably don’t have a concrete vision of when or if they’ll be able to return to work properly. Though Rishi Sunak’s re-train comment made it pretty clear how important the government find the industry. The tw*t.  

 2020 has been understandably riddled with a lot of negativity, what was some positives for Lyerr in 2020?  

We released our 3rd single ‘Ride Our Luck’ in Feb and in the brief bit of freedom we had in the world in July managed to record our 4th single ‘Doctors Orders’ so at least the year wasn’t a total write off like it has been for some!  

Tell me about your new single due to drop on the 22nd of Jan… 

We originally released the song on our first ever EP back in 2016. We were never happy with the version of it and as a live staple of our set ever since we’ve made it stronger and stronger over the years. Before we went into the studio with Gavin Monaghan at Magic Garden, the track was definitely a lot more of a groover than the upbeat clubland classic it is now. The chorus is completely new and much improved on the old one and we think people are really going to enjoy our most dance-y song yet. 

What’s the best venue you’ve played so far and what’s would be your dream venue to play after Covid-19?  

The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles (sorry Night & Day we still love you). The Foo Fighters did a live performance stream there recently and it was cool to say we played to more people in that room than they did. About time Dave. We’ll always be dreaming of playing The Ritz in Manchester. I’ve got my phone contract with 02 so I’m sure if I rang up customer services threatening to cancel, we could sort something.  

Favourite festival you’ve played or want to play and why?  

 The one that we’d want to play I’d imagine is the same as every other artist – Glasto. Playing Leeds fest would be a massive moment for us and is even where half of the band met for the first time. I just really want a Leeds festival t-shirt or poster with our name on. We played the This Feeling stage at Y-Not festival 2019 and that was just mental as the whole festival was almost canned due to the weather. We were sat in a portacabin waiting for the thing to blow over and to find out if we could even play. If we get invited back, we’ll be packing a canoe this time just in case. 

What tune should readers listen to right now of yours that sums you up the best? 

 Our new single ‘Doctors Orders’ is out tomorrow on all major streaming platforms!  

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What can we look forward to from you in 2021? 

We’ll be headlining our biggest ever show at Manchester Academy 1 for a socially distanced performance in April (we hope). Live music & cold pints sound dreamy right now. We’re also in talks for more shows later in the year including another dream venue for us but unfortunately that’s sworn to secrecy in a confidentiality agreement. Probably. 

Don’t forget to stream and listen to ‘Doctors Orders’ and keep up-to-date with all things Lyerr below…


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