We had the good fortune of connecting with Love Lyzardz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Love, why did you pursue a creative career?
Reign Diamonds: Music was something I kind of fell into. My aunt gave me her violin when I was very young. It was a Stradivarius replica. I was drawn to its shape and the full, rich sound it made when she played it. I started taking lessons and later played in my school’s orchestra until I graduated. I was a teenager when I discovered rock n’ roll. I used to jack my parents’ record player when I was in high school and would listen to their records in my room. It was then I fell in love with rock n’ roll. Singing came to me a little later in life. One afternoon, my sister over heard me singing the Star-Spangled Banner in the shower and eventually convinced me to take voice lessons with her teacher. Once I realized I had a talent for singing it kind of became my passion. I started playing music with Johnny about a year after that. I have struggled with mental health issues most of my life, and around that time was writing a lot of poetry. Poetry was how I escaped the voices in my head. I would write down what I was feeling and it helped. One day I happened to leave one of my poems on the coffee table at Johnny’s, and Johnny took that poem and turned it into our first song, Bedroom Eyes. I love that song and love singing it even more. I think it was around that time I realized a career in music was something I really wanted to pursue. I had finally found something I loved doing. I was good at it and didn’t want to give that up. As long as I can remember, I have wanted to carve out a unique path for myself. If you grow up in Chatham, New Jersey, your kind of expected to pursue a corporate career. However, that formula driven east coast lifestyle never appealed to me. Although it is what most of the people I went to high school with chose to do, it just wasn’t for me. I wanted to live the dream. I wanted my freedom and the opportunity to escape the ordinary. Music embodies all those things. It’s the place where dreams and fantasies become real life. Johnny Saffire: Initially, music wasn’t a pursuit as much as it was a path. My earliest memories are of playing with instruments that I found lying around my Aunt’s house. I was drawn to them. The orange interior of the accordion and the brilliant brass finish of the trumpet. I found them beautiful, even magical. Once I realized they also made a sound, I was kind of hooked. I grew up in a small town in Southeast Texas, and there wasn’t much to do there except play sports or music. Although, I loved playing sports as a boy, playing guitar and playing in a band eventually became my reason for living. There were a lot of very talented guitar players in my home town, so there was always a show or a rehearsal we could crash. We would sit there and watch everything they did, how they stood, how they wore their hair, how they dressed and most importantly, how they played. Rock music was exploding then and people were getting rich and famous. For a boy like me whose family didn’t have a lot of money, the fact that you could make an unimaginable amount of money playing music and not conform to establishment expectations was very appealing to me. Once I realized I had a knack for writing catchy rock n roll songs, I never looked back. I guess you might say rock n’ roll bands were my generations startups. And, the chicks are great.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The Love Lyzardz is an American rock band whose style is a modern adaptation of the sounds and attitudes that define classic rock music. Although steeped in rock n’ roll tradition, it tends to lean toward alternative due to its use of various music genres. What we are most excited about is the release of our new single Til The Wheels Fall Off. The song was written and recorded this past summer while the band was sequestered due to Covid-19. “I wrote the song because I witnessed firsthand the struggles people were encountering and experiencing due to this horrendous virus, said the band’s guitarist, songwriter and producer Johnny Saffire. The depression, the suicides and the hopelessness were mounting and Reign and I just wanted to do something to inspire people to keep going, to keep trying, to keep on trucking. To not give up on themselves, to not give up on the future and to not give up on life. We just wanted to create something positive in a world consumed by uncertainty and despair,” added Reign Diamonds the band’s lead vocalist and violinist. It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock n roll. Sometimes it’s hard to keep going when no one seems to care and there is no money being made. But in the end, you realize that you’d do it anyway, because you love it. That’s exactly what our new single is about, ya gotta ride it til the wheels fall off or you’ll never get to where you want to be. “Til The Wheels Fall Off” the Love Lyzardz new single was released on October 24, 2020 and can be found on all streaming platforms; iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal, iHeartRadio, YouTube and Deezer. In a world obsessed with right now, the Love Lyzardz write and play music designed to honor the past and inspire the future. Our goal is to create an escape from reality by recreating the moments that make you feel alive. Memories of the past and dreams for the future. Music excites us. It ignites our feelings and emotions. It hugs us, comforts us and makes us feel loved. It takes us to that place we are younger, happier and carefree.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Since we live in San Francisco, we might have Eggs Benedict at Little Henry’s, followed by some shopping on Haight St. While we’re there, we might pop into Hobson’s Choice for Bloody Mary’s or Victorian Punch, then visit Dolores Park for a little sunshine. For dinner, we might have tapas at Cha Cha Cha, Prime Rib at the House of Prime Rib, or Italian food at the Sausage Factory in the Castro or Sodini’s in North Beach. Sightseeing might include a hike in Muir Woods, a bowl of clam chowder in the Wharf, or breathtaking views from Coit Tower.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Reign Diamonds: I owe my success to Johnny, my partner in crime. He’s a real perfectionist, so I try harder, and that brings out the best in me. My vocal ability and violin playing have improved so much since we started working together. But being a musician is only half the battle. Johnny helped me understand that performing for the audience is the key to keeping them entertained. Johnny Saffire: Although it might be dated, my aha moment was a book called Lead Guitar by Harvey Vinson. That book, more than anything else, helped me understand what a lead guitar riff should accomplish and what the lead guitarist job is in the band. The way Mr. Vinson describes what it feels like to play lead guitar inspired me. He had a great writing style and was able to turn his love for playing guitar into something I was able to appropriate. For an up and coming kid like me, it was a real gift.
Feature photo at Joe’s Grotto – Elysa Kemp All other photo’s – Gypsy Locus