Q and A with Anton Kellner and the Lone StarsNovember 5, 2014
Anton Kellner and the Lone Stars is a indie rock band out of California. The band recently releases a new album You Were the Fire, much to fans excitement. The band is made up of Anton Kellner, Joshua Lucas, and Nolan Perry. Check out what the guys had to say when they chatted with BareBones Ent.
BS:How did Anton Kellner and The Lone stars come together?
AK: I used to tour full time in a hardcore band called Holding Onto Hope. Towards the end of that project, I started to grow out of playing heavy music, so I began writing songs in which I thought my parents would enjoy (haha). I then moved back home to Washington DC, and gathered a group of friends together to write & record an ep at Cue Studios (Michael Jackson, Dave Matthews, 311). Since then, I have been in forward motion as a songwriter, and will continue to grow and be inspired as a musician.
BS: How does one of your songs typically get created?
AK: Generally, while I am at work. I am a teacher, and certain classes involve music. That is my chance to structure a song, while I have my students work on their writing skills. I’ll then take it home and demo it out on Garageband, and then send it to the rest of the mates (to hear their thoughts).
BS: If you could choose one song to play for someone to introduce them to your band, what would it be and why?
AK: I would probably play “Rebel”. This song (in my eyes) is both radio-friendly, and keeps true to what I am about. The only difference is that I don’t really like to bullshit (like a lot of radio artists do) when it comes to songwriting. I think it has a huge potential to reel people in, and if it doesn’t, that’s okay too! Haha.
BS: You have a single out right now called “Rebel”, what is the story behind that song?
AK: “Rebel” is a song that I wrote on a day that everything came crashing down. I had just got into a fight with a girlfriend and a friend, I was stressed with work, had absolutely no money what so ever, and just coincidentally happened to bump into the most rude people. It was a “middle finger” to society without necessarily raising it? If that makes sense? Think Johnny Cash’s writing, but just a little less badass. [Check out the video at the end!]
BS: How are people liking it?
AK: We have received nothing but amazing feedback, and we are so thankful for the people who have been supporting us.
BS: You also have a new album, You Were The Fire, what can you tell us about the album?
AK: “You Were The Fire” is a collection of fiction based non-fiction writings. I know how strange that might sound, but a lot of the songs on the album were inspired by art and film (mixed in with personal experiences). I was very inspired by bittersweet films such as the movie “Blue Valentine” and “Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind”. I stole the bittersweetness that stemmed from both of those movies, and fused it with daily universal emotions that we as humans are forced to deal with.
BS: How did this album come together? How did you choose these songs for it?
AK: To make a long story short, I wrote a collection of material based around emotions that I was feeling at the time. I went through a batch of 20+ songs, cut out 9 of them, and decided to make an 11 song full length. Our producer (who is also our bass player) gave us as much time as we needed in the studio, so we took our sweet time in making sure that every instrument plays its part. Each song melts into the other, like chapters in a book. It was hands down the best recording process that I have ever been a part of.
BS: Why should fans pick up this album?
AK: Because the album rules, duh!
BS: When can fans expect to see you in their town soon?
AK: We are booking mostly right now in California, so if you live in this beautiful state, keep your eye on our calendar!
BS: What’s next for you guys?
AK: Shows, shows, and more shows. Oh, and another music video for a song from the album.
BS: Anything else you would like to say to your fans?
AK: Any chance we have an opportunity to say “thank you’s”, I like to utilize that. So THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to everyone who loves us, hates us, or hasn’t heard us yet (but will eventually listen). Without your support & feedback, we would be nothing. It sounds so cliche when these artists say this kind of thing over and over, but there is much truth behind it. Every artist needs support no matter what the art is.