Today’s Featured Artist – INTERVIEW – Picnic Lightning

Tell us about: 

Your latest single you have released:

Our newest single, Over My Head, is a dreamy, massive post-rock song soaked in vocal harmonies, with lyrics that attempt to express our spiritual journeys/matters of the soul. The lyrical content originates from a poem written by Thomas at the guest services desk of a declining mall. The song is about how we all find bigger  meaning – god, etc – in odd, singular places. It explores how we can find that same meaning in pleasure of sound, and a place where, as the lyrics mention, “me and the Holy Ghost are fucking around.” 

Your first single and how you felt when it was released:

It was either “Smoke Signs” or “Gilded Youth” from our first EP back in 2014. We were ecstatic when the EP was finished because it sounded exactly like we hoped it would. The initial reception to those songs was great and helped build on the momentum of the initial excitement. 

Your favourite song that you have created that is an album track:

It’s always difficult to pick a favorite. It would probably be “American Ruin” from the self-titled LP. It’s got a great energy to it and is solidly representative of that album and that time in our life. 

Your favourite song to play live:

Titans, Psalms, & 7s has been on every setlist since the very first show and we still don’t get tired of playing it. That’s really saying something. 

Your most emotional track:

For us or the audience? All of our songs have a meaningful place in the catalog. We’re not ones to churn out songs just to make songs, so if it makes the cut, there’s something meaningful within it, even if that meaning varies. Over My Head has some heart to it, as it attempts to express matters of the soul. 

The best lyric you have ever written:

Not trying to hedge on every question, but we are not great in dealing with absolutes. For now, let’s go with the first two lines of “Fevre Dream”: “The fevre dream has a hold on me / I am a desert clouds long shadow crawling.” But we reserve the right to change our mind. 

Describe the feeling you get when you walk on stage to do a show:

Mostly sweaty? Our goal is to perform as well as we sweat, so it’s a good start. There’s always a bit of excitement and a bit of nerves. We always wanna get it right for the folks who are giving us their time.

The hardest track to play live:

We’ve never played “House of the Lynx” live, mostly because we cannot figure out how to play and sing it at the same time. But of songs that we do attempt live, we’re getting too old to play “Fort Worth, Texas Is About to Explode” at its original tempo. 

Essential items you always take on tour with you? 

Thomas – book, journal, pen. 

Cole – wallet, phone, thong. In that order. 

John – Under Armour shirts. Under Armour pants. Under Armour shoes. Under Armour phone charger. Under Armour underwear. A single glove. 

Cam – immunosuppressant meds, Hydro Flask, headphones. 

Describe your fans in three words: 

Off the hook. Or, Out of Bounds. Or, Welcome to Flavortown. 

A song by another artist or band you wish you had written:

That’s a pretty long list, but Fool in the Photograph by Sunny Day Real Estate stands out. La Verite by Francois & The Atlas Mountains is one of the coolest songs. It’s the music equivalent of effortless style and we dare anyone to not dance while listening to it. Lastly,Celebrity Skin by Hole is rock and roll perfection: rough, poignant, pleasing, subversive. That song makes us so jealous, we can hardly stand hearing it. 

What we can look forward to from your band this year:

Our first single, Over My Head, comes out May 6th. We’ve got a handful of singles being released through the summer. From there, we’re starting to book shows, COVID-permitting. And we’ve got new merch coming. Keep an eye on our website and follow us on socials for all updates: 

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