The Lovepools, a Cali-based project created by Anthony Shea, has released a variety of 60s-esque tunes, most recently a single entitled Animal Instinct. Animal Instinct features retro beats and indie Britpop melodies, creating what sounds like a groovy mesh of The Beatles and old-school Arctic Monkeys. Anthony runs The Lovepools from his bedroom, which only adds to the appeal of his music. I did an interview with him a while back, and what he had to say continued to draw me into The Lovepools’ music (which my mother is a big fan of, by the way).
First off, who are you and what genre of music do you make?
My name is Anthony Shea, I’m in a band called The Lovepools, and I make indie rock for hopeless romantics.
If you had to describe your music with a color, what would it be?
Probably maroon, I would say.
What’s the biggest struggle you have when it comes to creating?
I would say, just trying to find the next idea that seems worth committing to. There’s so many little things I’ll write here and there, little riff, little lyric line, and usually I’m too tough of a critic to want to move much more forward with it.
If you could play any show in the world, what would it be?
(I messed up and forgot to ask this question whoops)
What do you consider your biggest musical success?
I think actually writing- I have a song coming out called Animal Instinct- and I think that’s something I’m the proudest of. It should be coming out pretty soon.
What inspired you to start making music?
My dad used to pick me up from my Mom’s when he was a little kid and he’d always play The Beatles and we’d have a long drive up to Silverado Canyon, so from an early age I’ve always loved The Beatles and I think I’ve always wanted to be like them, I would say. So I’ll hold them responsible
If you could hear any person living or dead sing to you, who would it be?
Who, aside from any band or musician- so it can’t be John Lennon- is your biggest influence?
So no Beatles or Lennon. That’s a tricky one. Stanley Kubrick.
What’s your favorite book?
I was gonna say 1984 but now that everyone’s reading that… I have to be honest. Yeah. Probably that one.
What do you like to do other than music?
I like videography, photography, golfing, skateboarding, and poker actually.
Here’s another one I could probably guess- who is your favorite musical artist?
Haha, The Beatles. It’s easy, I know. Just, Beatles Beatles Beatles.
What’s one piece of advice you have for young musicians?
I would say don’t try to- first of all, make sure you know you’re making music for the right reasons if you want to have a career out of it. Don’t just try to get signed. I would say try to do all of the marketing yourself, figure out what your brand is and what you’re trying to say, and have that conveyed across your image and your lyrics and your marketing before you worry about your label or anyone else that’s gonna help you. Be proactive.
Lastly, what’s your lucky number?
Such a cliche, but 7.
Do you have anything else to say to the readers?
To the readers? I’d say don’t get too involved in all of the politics going on because who knows what’s really going on. Just try to keep having a good time every day, if that’s any advice.
That’s pretty solid advice.
Yeah, good enough.
You can follow The Lovepools on Instagram at @thelovepools, and be sure to check out Animal Instinct on iTunes and Spotify.