This might look like a photo of the band, but it's actually just the friendly folks who were hanging out with Lucas the day I came over to take photos.
What is your favorite song on the upcoming Hospital Garden album?
My favorite song on the upcoming album is probably Sarah's contribution, "Cobwebs." It's got some cool melodies and she delivers it really well.
What about your current space do you find the most inspiring or useful?
My current space is useful because I live there. I'm way to busy to travel across town and work on songs elsewhere.
Do you also rent a practice space somewhere else in the city?
I don't rent a space anywhere, but Hospital Garden practices at Eric Rasmussen's Observatory Studio. It's perfect to practice in, and we recorded the new album there.
What do you do when you get in a creative rut?
When I get in a creative rut I honestly don't do much about it. I just do other things that are not song writing. I work on other projects, practice the songs we already have, book shows, etc. I don't try to rush it, as I certainly don't have any musical deadlines to meet. The creativity comes back eventually and I write songs again.
With gas prices being what they are, how do you go about making enough money to get to the next town while on tour? (question asked by Cloud Mouth)
We don't tour outside of the Midwest as of now. When we do, we usually make enough money at the show through the cover charge or merchandise sales to get home. There have been a few trips where we have lost a little money, but we don't mind.
What should I ask the next person to be on By Measure?
You should ask the next participant where their favorite place to perform is. If it's a visual artist, maybe ask the best place to display their work.
Lucas's favorite songs:
(click here to stream the playlist at 8tracks.com)
1. Midway (demo) by Hospital Garden
2. Girl About Town by Helen Love
3. Apples by Long Whisker
4. Meet me in Minnesota by The Canoes
5. Holocaust by Big Star
6. Feed My Frankenstein by Alice Cooper
7. I'm a Ram by Al Green
8. Why Don't You Love Me by Hank Williams
9. Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks
10. Barstool Blues by Neil Young
11. Marie Provost by Nick Lowe
12. If You Knew/Let It Be Me by Nina Simone
13. She's All Right by Otis Redding
14. Danny Says by The Ramones
15. Remember Today by The Thermals