Tatt’s life! After the start of Lydia’s farewell tour it’s on again
INDIE rockers Lydia were done. Finite. Over. They were so ready to call it a day, in fact, they began a farewell tour of the US more than a year ago. But when they saw the dozens of die-hard fans sporting tribute tattoos during the tour, they realised there was still plenty of fuel left in the tank. Guitarist and vocalist Leighton Antelman says a line-up change and falling outs between several members fuelled the initial decision to split. But the remaining two members – drummer Craig Taylor and Antelman – thought they owed it to themselves and their fans to keep making music. ‘‘I was pretty convinced that I was just going to do my own thing and put it out under my own name,’’ Antelman says. ‘‘But we had come all these years with it and it would be a real shame just to let it die because of one person.’’ Antelman says Lydia fans are some of the most loyal and hardcore in the world. ‘‘We had heaps of fans coming up to us and showing their Lydia tattoos which was really flattering,’’ he says. ‘‘Things like that showed just how loyal our fans are and it would have been bad to end it then and there. We’re so excited to be back and playing new songs from our record (Paint it Golden). Australian crowds are really awesome, they go off. They’re friendly and want to talk to you after shows.’’ Antelman says the band’s latest work is more upbeat. ‘‘It has a more positive vibe and I guess I would say it is happier,’’ he says. ‘‘It definitely reflects what’s been going on around us.’’ Lydia are touring with Australian orchestral art rock act The Red Paintings.
Lydia and The Red Paintings play Elsewhere tonight at 9pm. Tickets are $20.
Leighton Antelman, from US band Lydia