Luke Rainsford is a midlands based solo artist about to release his second album I Feel At Home With You. We caught up with Luke on a weekend set of shows before his lengthy album release tour co-headlined with Crater Face.
First off, we wanted to know how much Luke was looking forward to the tour.
“Oh yeah, really looking forward to it. The last tour I did was with Layover as part of a band, it’s going to be weird just being with one person for ten days but also really cool.”
Luckily, Luke and Dru Lintott of Crater Face get on well. “I think most shows he’s ever played have been with me. We’re really used to playing shows together so it should be fun.”
If anything can test friendships however it’s touring, and the duo have decided to take the whole tour via public transport, which is set to be an interesting venture. “It was a really good idea at the time, and now we’re getting closer to it we’re kind of realising it’s gonna kind of suck but I think it’ll be worth it. We had a driver originally but he pulled out on us, but we didn’t want to cancel the tour.”
Moving on to discuss the upcoming album, how has he found the response to the two current singles Ties and Home Safe?
“I was a bit scared at first but after the stuff I’ve released has had a really good response and people have actually been learning the words already which is really really cool.”
Speaking of nerves, Luke elaborates he’s been treading a fine line between nervousness and excitement in the lead up to I Feel At Home With You.
“Naturally I’m really nervous because the songs are so personal to me, almost uncomfortable in a way because it’s putting a piece of myself out there and if people don’t like it that’ll be quite heart-breaking,” explains Luke, “At the same time I think it’ll be worth it because as long as one person gets something from it or if someone relates to something and it helps them out in some way; even if people don’t like it overall I’m happy with it.”
Thus, it’s with nothing but good intentions that Luke bares his soul through music. I Feel At Home With You broached a more dynamic, expanded sound to his debut I’m Nothing Like My Dad Turned Out To Be. How did this come about?
“Growing up” is the simplest reason. Luke details that his first album was written over a few years of his late teens, not specifically as an album. This record on the other hand was written over a six-month period in his early twenties in a much more focused sense.
“The first album was basically, in essence like a break-up record. It does delve into slightly more mature themes just because I’m older and I’ve had more experience growing up. I’ve gone through loads of different things, it’s different perspectives I guess, and listening to different music.”
A move away from pop punk and into the territory of more niche, low-fi musicians inspired Luke greatly. Furthermore, it’s undeniably honesty that Luke believes is the most important element of music. He explains how any song can be musically incredible, yet feel weaker through lack of genuine emotion.
Discussing how difficult it was for Luke to recorded his own anecdotal and exceptionally honest songs, he admits it was incredibly challenging.
“It was really hard. Writing them was really different to my first record, I was trying to make it relatable. I was trying to keep it personal but I was trying to word it in a way that people could hear and relate to really easily. With this one I kind of scrapped that idea, I wanted to make it more so it’s not for people to relate to, but for people to understand ‘this person’. My perspective on the way things happened to me.”
“It’s not about relating to lyrics it’s about understanding your own emotions and yourself. I think having these songs as a reflection of that might help someone more than just having a lyric which is easy to relate to.”
Luke’s insistence on honest bleeds into his advice for any up-coming solo acts. Primarily to be honest and not worry about imitating bands, even those you love. Equally, to be nice, make friends with everyone possible and don’t let it get too serious to have fun. “If you’re not enjoying it, there’s no reason to do it.”
I Feel At Home With You will be releasing through Scylla Records, and we spoke about Luke’s partnership with the label. This began when Richard Hughes, the manager of Scylla Records reached out to Luke for a place on a charity Christmas compilation. Later, inspired by his lack of funds to produce physical releases, Luke asked whether Richard could be interested in helping to release the album.
Having established their partnership, Richard has been helping Luke book shows and “in general making me more professional” with an eye for marketing distribution and helping to make the most of the album.
When asked about his goals, both short and long term, Luke details his ambitions of playing some shows in Europe, and even America, although he reaffirms “I don’t really have anything set in stone, more like ideas.”
For the short term it’s just plug my album as much as I can. This record means a lot to me and I want as many people to hear it as possible. If someone needs an honest record like that, because I think sometimes people need some honest music. If one person loved, it and maybe it just helped them out with how they’re feeling that’s me happy. And of course I want as many people to pre-order it as possible. I want it to spread, I want to keep building.”
Finally, we asked Luke if there were any solo artists or bands he’s most recommend others listen to. Crater Face of course, as well as Proud Ember as well as James Leese. The bands mentioned were Better Than Never, Coast To Coast “especially”, Pushing Daisies, Tuskens and “any band I’ve ever played with to be honest!”
Essentially, support local bands wherever you might find them.
We’re thankful to Luke Rainsford for taking the time to talk to us and being one of the humblest musicians you could wish to find. I Feel At Home With You releases on February 17th through Scylla Records, and we’ll be catching Luke on tour next month so keep your eyes peeled for all the latest!