“About November 2017 we released the album Vestigial, which was our third album, and we’ve been writing away but it’s that thing of there’s no point to rush it”, shrugged Sam Dillon, vocalist for Lo! when pressed on new music. “You wanna be really proud of what you put out there and especially with us there’s a lot of other things that go with it. We wanna make sure that the visuals and the film clips and the right touring partners are all worked out in advance, just to make sure… we’ve all got our own lives and we are very invested in the art we’re making so we always wanna deliver 10 out of 10”.
Lo! have built themselves a reputation for the confronting, sometimes disturbing nature of their film clips, but Dillon makes no apologies or retractions.
“When you do such a chaotic live show it does lend itself to that more horrific nature; the more convulsing, visceral nature of the human body and sound so this often inspires directors and creators that want to work with us and they visualise things so it kind of goes hand in hand with the music that you make. Basically, it’s confronting music with big anthems so I guess the shocking point is put into it but I don’t think we go out there deliberately to go down this chainsawesque way of thinking. It’s more just what lends itself to the actual song”.
In the full interview Sam reveals what to expect from Lo! at the upcoming Brewtality Festival in Melbourne, the need for Australian band only metal shows and how to keep them viable in the marketplace, the state of heavy music in this country and why, the depth and meaning in Lo!’s lyrics and how important that is to the band, their sound and how it is difficult to place in one specific genre, how their sound became darker and more aggressive when Sam joined the band in 2014 and more.