Dane Allen, Andrew Gomez, and Evan Thon make up LOYALS, the band from Nashville that’s not your average pop group.
Their self-titled album–released last week–hits the ground running, waving a banner made of pop sounds from across the board that dance from pop to rock to R&B and back to pop again. LOYALS showcase their musical and vocal range and are sure to shake up the pop scene with their enticingly real sound and, frankly, unfairly catchy songs for any mood.
I got to catch up with lead vocalist Dane about LOYALS’ debut album, check out the interview below!
I loved your singles but I love your collective album even more. What was your inspiration for it?
We started writing for this record in 2014 and finished in 2017, so there’s 3 years of life packed into a 12-song LP. Relationships, fights, romance, and faith—it’s all in there.
How did you three meet and ultimately become LOYALS?
We met when we were teenagers and we’ve experienced a lot together growing up in the same town, playing in the same bands, listening to a lot of the same music. When the time for LOYALS came, it was just natural. It made sense with the three of us being so close for all these years to keep making music together.
What was it like to shoot a music video?
Ultra stressful. It was in the middle of summer in downtown Nashville so it was super hot and humid. We got to the warehouse where we shot at around 10AM, shot all day, and when we were finally ready to wrap, we locked ourselves out of the warehouse. No one showed up to unlock it for us until 4AM, so we were just stranded on the sidewalk until then. When the locksmith did finally show up, he couldn’t even get the door open and our director literally broke the door open with brute force so we could get all of our gear and go home. At the end of the day, I got to drive a way nicer car than my own, everyone had worked hard, we had some experiences that we’ll never forget, and I think we came away with a good video.
Which bands or artists are you influenced by?
Literally everything and we have no shame for the music we all love, but to name just a few: The 1975, Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, Imagine Dragons, Paper Route, Cartel, OneRepublic, Lydia, M83, Bryson Tiller, Anberlin, Post Malone, Tears for Fears, One Direction…Honestly, the list never stops, but I’ll spare you all of it!
If you could collaborate with any artist on a song, who would it be?
I think it would be really great to make a song with an R&B artist like Bryson Tiller, Tory Lanez, or Post Malone. I think some of the more vibey songs we create would marry really naturally with that kind of artist.
And a fun question: if you had to give one up: french fries or potato chips. (Maybe it’s not so fun if you really love both.)
Potato chips because they can sometimes cut your mouth. French fries would never treat me that way.
What’s in store for you all this year? What should we look forward to?
We want to tour and play the music from this record that we’ve been sitting on for 2 years, honestly. We want to let people hear live what we’ve been working on for so long. The road is very rewarding in that way. Besides that, we’ll continue to write. With the record release being in February, I don’t know how long it will be until we release anything on top of that, but hopefully toward the end of the year, we’ll be able to release some new music.