Lucas Hanrahan Primed To Unveil Newest Solo Offering "Marriages"
By: Dillon Collins
Multi-talented singer-songwriter Lucas Hanrahan, best known as the guitar-smith for popular local group The Analog Age, is primed to unveil his newest solo offering Marriages – an intimate and stripped down collection of tracks from one of the island’s most promising young talents. Ahead of the February 24th release show, alongside fellow favourites Young Manics and Another North, Hanrahan caught up with Rock Island for an early taste of what fans can expect from the anticipated release.
Rock Island: How would you describe your work on this album for those unaware?
Lucas Hanrahan: I would say it’s a bit more delicate and intimate than past projects I’ve been in. It really is more alternative rock with a little bit of folk rock. Primarily, it was written as singer-songwriter songs, just myself and an acoustic guitar.
RI: Is there a particular story or thematic tie-in to the title Marriages?
LH: There are a couple of things to it. Marriages is a track from the album and I think it’s definitely one of the more intimate songs. I wanted to add a bit more of an emphasis on that song by making it the self-titled track. On top of that, it’s the oldest song on the record. Pretty much every other song was written in the course of two or three months, but that was a song I wrote for one of my best friends weddings. I wrote and performed that song during his first dance with his wife. There’s definitely some sentiment to the song. Also, with the word marriage, people hear it and think of the romantic sense, but I think about the word looking at its definition which is combining two or more elements and I feel that calling my album Marriages reflects the combination of past, future, and present.
RI: What can audiences expect from you and your band in a live performance setting?
LH: Pretty much from the moment it begins to when the music ends every second is intentional. I think that when you are a live performer it’s easier to keep people's attention than to get people's attention, so we’re very strategic in the placement and order of the songs. I think there’s a lot of energy. As great as the album is, I think it’s very accessible and it’s composed in a way that it’s more to the point. But, when we play live we get to really play with the composition and add things. There are things that don’t transition in the studio environment the same way it does live, so we definitely take advantage of the opportunity to extend sections and have spontaneity.
Lucas Hanrahan releases ‘Marriages’ Feb.24th at The Rock House in St. John’s. Tickets are available at the door at the cost of $10, while $15 gets entry to the venue and a copy of the album.