It's been five long years since we've had a new Lucky Ones album. Life happens. A marriage happens. Sometimes children and a divorce will follow and life gets in the way of expediency, even for a band. The Lucky Ones always adhere to the precepts of their brand of punk rock. They don't really change much and that's the refreshing part about them. Steve Rizun returned to produce their third album of 14 tracks and I didn't realize how much I missed them. Some people might call it a bit juvenile, (Ricki-Jo's Parking Lot.) or prosaic, (Don't Bore Us Get To The Chorus ) or say that they just take the piss out of their home town, (Monday Night At Carlton Heights) but I won't.- Can't. We lived this. I don't just listen to The Lucky Ones, I've grown up with them. They're my friends. And every song is a snapshot of our lives. Not just who we all were but who we are and what we've become. From guest appearances of Shohei of Samurai Attack on drums. (He was kind enough to visit from Japan.) to the departure of Matt Murphy to USS. (Matty's Gonna Play Pop Songs) This album reflects everything that The Lucky Ones have been through. Fittingly, it ends with (Old School Punk Rockers). It's a tribute song to the way we all live and interact that will be featured later this year on season five of the award winning television series Orphan Black. It took them five long years to make this, but as I said before: life happens. It needed to be lived. It was worth every step and every second. "Better Late Than Never," is here. This is their finest album.
J.B: Okay so let’s start off with the last time I interviewed you it was at Scene Fest which you’ve run for years and everything was going good for the band what happened in the last five years?
Stumble: Well we kinds took a bit of a hiatus cause a couple of the band members were getting married and having kids. Plus a couple of us were switching jobs etc...Life just happened and put the band on the back shelf for a few years. Plus we needed to write and record some new material for this new record "Better Late Than Never!"
J.B. For a minute there I thought you got the greatest gig ever as the official taster for Pabst Blue Ribbon? Or Jagermeister or something?
Stumble: Hahaha yeah that would be amazing. But would likely kill me! I had to remove the Jagermeister Machine from my bar cause that thing was EVIL!... lol
J.B: So where does “Better Late Than Never” compare to Heart Break,Hangouts,and Punk Rock?
Stumble: I'm not really sure if they compare at all really? This album has a lot of foul language on it! There are a lot of inside jokes on this record as well of a lot of bashing our home town. I say it compares in the way they both have some angry tunes on it, but it's fun for the most part. Its also similar in production considering Steve Rizun did this record as well.
J.B: Talking about beer the Lucky ones have always been about good times this new release reminds me of the Booze sessions such a feel good time like No Fear ,More Beer. Was there any kind of crazy ritual that happened in the creative writing process on this one?
Stumble: Not really. We pretty much just write what comes to us. I wrote a lot more on this record than I have in the past also. This band has never tried to bring a political agenda to the stage and has always been a good times band.. I would like to think in these days of everything shitty going on in the world that people would just wanna get out and have some good old fun with no agenda attached to it.
J.B: You guys decided to do this one at Drive Studio’s which is notorious for a lot of local punk bands what was it like with Steve Rizin coming back one this one?
Stumble: Steve is a great producer and I really think he captures our sound really well. I'm happy with the way this record turned out in the end. I just wish it hadn't of taken so long to record. Hence the title "Better Late Than Never!"
J.B: The songs were recorded over a course of sometime. Were you guys writing tracks and then reworking them in the studio or was it more of an organic moment?
Stumble: Nope!.. There was no rewriting or changing songs... We went in with exactly what we had laid out and went right to tape. We did zero pre-production for it. I guess we just knew that Rizun knew exactly what we were looking for anyways so we felt comfortable with that.
J.B: The Lucky Ones have been around for quite some time ever since the earlier days of The Sick Boys and toured with a lot of well-known bands and shared the stage with a many, are there any influences that you were listening to that came out on “Better Late Than Never”?
Stumble: Yeah since 2009...I didn't play from about 1999-2009 so there was a decade in between Sick Boys & The Lucky Ones... Sick Boys was from about 1992-2000 and The Lucky Ones is 2009-2017-Present...The years in between I was just focusing on running Stumble Records and Music Festivals, Shows etc.... As for influences..Hmm not sure??...There is usually some influence from what we're listening to at the current time. But we all listen to so much different music its hard to tell. I'd say we have a classic punk feel with a bit of a new edge to it...
J.B: Round and Round best describes your anthem perfectly “just that good old punk rock n roll” which has Shohei Shiraishi from Samurai Attack? And that is from 2013 single that has “Shout” on it also?
Stumble: Yeah "Shout!" & "Round and Round" are from the Shout Ep that came out a few years ago. Both songs were never released on a physical format so we thought we would include them on the record as well. The album also has two cover songs on it that we did for tribute records. Dropkick Murphy's "Get Up" and The Vindictives "Stupid Song".
J.B: The Cambie Handshake are you referring to underneath the Cambie st bridge in Vancouver? Apparently it’s an interactive art show now?
Stumble: Nope that is a song Robbie Knuckles wrote about playing at the Cambie in Victoria I believe. So the story goes a guy walked up to him and grabbed him by his junk and said "Hey! How's it going?" hahahahaha so now we call that The Cambie Handshake...Hahaha like I said the record is full of bad jokes!...
J.B: I noticed you have Better Days video coming out that was done by another Niagara College student, and you didn’t go with Garden City Media who did St Paul and Queen video?
Stumble: Well first off we shot a video for "We're The Lucky Ones" with Cannibal Cam here at CCE. After we did that one Niagara College Students asked if they could do a song and we said sure but we don't wanna be in it...and I hought the video they came up with was pretty cool!... We're also in the middle of shooting a video for "Old School Punk Rockers" also with Cam. The Garden City Media guys were out in California when we were looking at doing a video so it just didn't work out this time.
J.B: Any plans on a larger scale your maybe perhaps in a killer retro RV that is badass with shag carpet and rocker heart shape windows jacked up with kreager rims and an epic airbrushing of a guy standing on top a mountain of empties crushing back a cold one?
Stumble: That sounds more like an awesome album cover someone would paint of me than a music video!...Lol
J.B: We always end with a famous book or quote that inspired your life anything come to mind?
Stumble: Yeah for sure... "Do Anything You Wanna Do!" - Eddie & The Hot Rods. A line and a song... Nothing is worse than people telling you what to do!... Think for yourself and do what you want to do... I'm so sick of people being sheep and being so boring these days. Everyone seems the exact same. The world is lacking original characters and individuals and heroes these days!...
TOUR DATES: Sept. 16th @ The Warehouse - St. Catharines, ON Sept. 30th @ Cherry Cola's - Toronto, ON Oct. 7th @ This Ain't Hollywood - Hamilton, ON Oct. 14th @ The Foxx Lounge - Barrie, ON Oct. 21st @ Jimmy Jazz - Guelph, ON Dec. 2nd @ Burly Calling - Burlington, ON