Tatt’s life! Af­ter the start of Ly­dia’s farewell tour it’s on again

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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

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