Sometimes you know the exact moment you fell in love with a band. Other times, they’ve worked their way into your music world so gradually that it seems like they’ve always been there – which is how my love for Second Lovers came about. I don’t remember the exact moment I first heard a song or what first caught my attention – I just know that somewhere over the past two years I totally fell in love with their music.
And while their genre might fall under Americana/folk, they aren’t just another Mumford & Sons knock-off. They’re a band with a beautiful sound, heartfelt lyrics and a great live presence. They’ve been getting a lot of great attention locally, just released their “New Mexico” EP (listen to a few songs here) and are working on a new full-length album. (Yay!) In this month’s 5 Q’s – my effort to introduce you to some of my favorite Texas-based bands – guitarist Thom Truver tells you all about his band, Second Lovers.
1. Where did your band name come from? What does it signify?
Thom: The band’s name originates from the Townes Van Zandt song “Second Lovers Song“. It’s a lovely ballad about love. How two people may not be one another’s first love, but that shouldn’t stop the love they have for another.
2. How would you describe your music?
Thom: I think our music is heartfelt and honest. (Sidebar, I really love Nic’s lyrics. I know that’s an odd thing to single out, but I will be honest. I’ve been in a number of bands since early high school, and I hated all of the lyrics. I am a fan of songs that are honest and simple. Those are the ones that work and stick. Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of the complex and abstract, but at the end of the day I’d choose Dylan over Radiohead./Sidebar.)
I think we are a band that makes music that can be categorized into the Americana/folk/rock genre. I really think if you listen to our music you can find at least one song you like. I feel like we could find a spot on almost everyone’s iPod.
3. What three bands have influence you – either as an individual musician or as a band?
Thom: Bright Eyes is a major influence for me personally. I love Conor’s songwriting. It is a golden standard for me. I also love the Strokes. Well, old Strokes more-so than the newer Strokes. Not that the new stuff is bad, but I love how simple the older material was and how they just used simple riffs and strumming patterns to make some insanely catchy tunes. Third Eye Blind, I fell in love with their self-titled LP and whenever I need a musical “cleanse” I turn it on and enjoy the same 14 songs I’ve been jamming since high school.
4. What one song should a new fan check out?
Thom: I love “Alright.” It is different from our other material, and I just love how fun it came out sounding. However, the two songs that got me hooked on the band (I am not an original member, I joined while on my honeymoon) are “Moonshine Hill” and “Coals and Pearls“. They are such great songs. I heard them and just thought, “I don’t want to change a damn thing about these songs. They sound so good on this demo.” Which was a major dilemma since I had to write parts to play at my audition.
5. Why do you love music?
Thom: Music is essential. It is an amazing thing. It can unify people and has been the source of so much in my life, from great accomplishments to huge failures. It has comforted me and stressed me. It makes me smile and makes me cry. It’s brought new friends to me and even allowed me the chance to meet my wife. I couldn’t imagine a life without music, mostly because I know I owe so much of who I am know to it.
Loving what Thom has to say about Second Lovers? Be sure to stop by those social media links above, say hello and tell the band The Good Groupie sent ya! I also encourage you to grab some of their music online.
Want to meet some more amazing bands from Texas? Check out my other 5 Q’s interviews – and stay tuned! In May, I’ll introduce you guys to one of my favorite bands from the Dallas/Fort Worth area and all-around nice guys, Oil Boom.