The newly formed brother-sister duo The Lovelines have figured out a successful process to write and produce their music— despite living in different states. With a few songs officially released, The Lovelines are taking their time to figure out their sound and perfecting their future LP. We discuss with Todd and Tessa their recent single, “Dark Thoughts About a Pretty Flower,” along with the process of creating music while being far apart.
Melodic Magazine: What is the meaning behind the name The Lovelines, and tell us a bit about the duo behind it?
Tessa: We had the cover photo for our debut single, “Strange Kind of Love,” just saved on the computer because we thought it could potentially be a great image for an album cover. We liked the retro feel of the image, and the band name The Lovelines just seemed like a really great fit. Honestly, we were shocked the name hadn’t been used before!
Todd: Yeah, we couldn’t believe there wasn’t a band called The Lovelines.
Would you mind sharing a bit about your latest single, “Dark Thoughts About a Pretty Flower”?
Todd: I like to write songs that are free for the listener to interpret. Is it a song above love or is it a song about a literal flower? Is it a song about pessimism, or is it a song about perversion?
I understand that you two are not in the same location. How has this impacted your musical process?
Tessa: Up until this point, we would typically just record during family holidays when everyone is together. Right now, we are in the process of figuring out how we can record vocals and instrumentals individually, and then collaborate over email.
Todd: I got my sister a SM57 and a Scarlet 2i2. Her recording vocals with that gear and a studio DAW like Garage Band is a totally feasible method for recording for us. Also, it means she can record her vocals with no time restraint.
What’s your dream venue to perform at and why?
Todd: With Tessa in Berlin, DE, and me in Orlando, FL we’re limited as a recording band. So, really, any venue would be a dream venue.
What inspires you when you are having a writer’s/creative block?
Todd: I imagine I’m writing for a fictional lounge act called The Lovelines with my sister acting as the Chanteuse. It’s a strange method, but it’s a good songwriting tool.
What can we expect in the future from The Lovelines?
Tessa: We aim to complete a full album, but we are taking our time to perfect our sound and make sure each additional song is cohesive with the others. We are really pleased with the reception we have received so far, and it’s definitely motivation to keep releasing songs for people to enjoy!
Todd: Yeah, The Lovelines LP is written, all of the instruments are recorded, and we’re in the vocals stage. We’re not in a rush. People are still discovering our debut, it’s only been 3 months. We’ll release the LP single-to-single over the course of 2022-2023. We plan on releasing the next single Summer 2022, I think.