Five Questions With… Destination Lonely

Band: Destination Lonely
Country of Origin: France

Lo Spider has kind of been an unofficial superhero in the Global Garage universe; a seemingly-mysterious character who just so happens to be on the majority of album production credits for garage punk & psych records coming out of France these days. In fact, I’m almost surprised when I find out a new French record we’re spinning on the show DIDN’T pass through Swampland, his recording studio.

So, when the fine folks at Voodoo Rhythm Records reached out with a preview of the new Destination Lonely record (featuring the one and only Lo Spider himself) along with a request to participate in our Five Questions With… series, I had to say yes! The legend of Lo Spider continues; our respective stories now further entwined, but Lo Spider isn’t the only driving force behind Destination Lonely, combined with band founder Marco Fatal and drummer Wlad, the band’s shared CV as scene veterans is extensive.

The band’s freshly-released record, Nervous Breakdown, is a garage-punk burner that perfectly radiates the signature gritty, off-center rock & roll sound and swagger that makes modern French garage scene so damn captivating.

Nervous Breakdown is a double LP out today on the legendary Beat-Man’s label, Voodoo Rhythm Records. The band is currently booking some concerts in France right now with plans for a European tour in May.

1. What is your desert island disc (the one album you couldn’t live without)

The 1969 Matrix Session of The Velvet Underground… or Funhouse by the Stooges… or the Sympathy Sessions of the Oblivians… Anything from the Country Teasers… It’s So Hard to Tell Who’s Going To Love You by Karen Dalton… or Maybe Robert Mitchum’s Calypso album, so we can dance naked under the sun…

2. How did the band members meet (or, for a solo musician, how did you get started)?

We know each other for more than 25 years. We played in different bands (Beach Bitches, Space Beatniks, Fatals, Jerry Spider Gang, Kung Fu Escalator…) and went to see or play with all these bands even if we didn’t live in the same cities at that time (Perpignan, Toulouse… always in the south !). Later I played in a band called Blew-Up! with Wlad, our actual drummer while Marco Fatal began Destination Lonely in Perpignan… After a few records and two different line-ups, he asked us to join the band…

3. What is the underground music scene like in your home country?

A lot of cool bands but not so many places to play!

4. What are some of your biggest influences outside of music?

French cuisine ! / of course Cinema & Literature, Hunter Thompson, Jarmusch, Kaurismaki, Nick Tosches, Bukowski… / TV shows like The Leftovers, Baskets, Better call Saul, Sharp Objects… But the music is everything… huhu !

5. Tell us about your favorite show you ever played.

We really enjoyed to play the Binic Folk Blues Festival in Britany it was a big challenge in front of 7000 people… But we also like to play for 10 motivated people in a shithole.

Ryan

Ryan first discovered his love of radio at WSOE FM, where he spent all 4 years of college as a DJ, 2 as program director, and 1 as general manager. While his musical tastes are fairly broad, he has a big nerdy spot in his heart for prog rock.