An Interview With Like No Tomorrow
Like No Tomorrow dropped a fresh new EP full of crispy crunchy punk rock bangers and it's all got the right attitude, style, energy, and a brutal and aggressive tonality that grabs at you and demands your attention straight from the get-go.
The Dialed-In EP is a force to be reckoned with and the record goes from thrashing punk to metal breakdowns when you least expect it and all the while that bass tone its crushing and clear, the guitars are brutal, and the drumming is earth shaking and perfect.
Vocals are right up in your face and melting your face with a swift and honest screaming and singing that all comes into play with the bands ultra-heavy style as the band itself has an attitude and a character.
These guys are outstanding, and the level of fun is endless as the hit you with deepening and vast metal intros and burst into classic punk rock with a beating and trashing approach that works like a damn charm.
This record immediately makes you want to catch Like No Tomorrow at a live show because you get the feeling, they will absolutely destroy everything in their path but with heart.
It's obvious they have a love for their craft, and this is part of why the songs have so much gusto and life to them.
With such a massive record, we wanted to have a chat with the band about their EP and where it actually came from for starters.
Here's what happened.
Like No Tomorrow is:
Lynn Dials (LD) - Vocals
Kevin Early (KE) - Guitar
Ray Conklin (RC) - Bass
Art Eckerson (AE) - Drums
Buzz Slayers: Let's kick things off with the Dialed In EP. This record has a great metal and punk feel to it. Where did this EP come from?
KE: This EP came together little by little and yet all at the same time over the last year or so. All of us in the band live pretty far from each other so our time together is very limited but very productive. With us adding a new singer I didn't know what to expect but I am very stoked on the results!
RC: This EP came from our love of the skateboard culture and punk/thrash & metal backgrounds. Trying to keep it in line with the happenings on the streets and community that we reside in.
LD: For me..it’s my first release with LNT since taking over on vocals. So I wanted to represent the band well and also showcase a new era/new direction.
Buzz Slayers: When did this all start for you?
RC: It all started back in 2003 which eventually led to a small number of line up changes that results in what you hear today.
KE: The original singer, Matt, and I have been friends since high school. He and I listened to the same music and would turn each other on to different bands we would discover at the record stores. Inspired by all of the music we loved, we decided to start writing some music of our own. At least try our best. In 2021, Matt had to bail but encouraged us to keep LNT going. We've added Lynn and it has been a blast seeing where our creativity takes us. He's a great fit personally and musically.
AE: I’ve been playing with Kevin in bands for many years, but as far as this band goes, when they lost their original drummer, I thought it would be a good fit for me.
LD: Personally, it started this year. I’ve been friends with the guys for years and played plenty of shows with LNT with my former band, Creep Crusades. But this year I officially started fronting LNT.
Buzz Slayers: What inspires you to write a song?
KE: The power of the riff compels me! Listening to music that speaks to me inspires me to want to write music of my own. It is a tremendous release for the stresses of everyday life.
AE: The original idea for one of our songs is almost never from me, but I enjoy helping to shape the original idea into something exciting. We have a lot of freedom in this band to come up with our own musical parts, and drums really determine how a song feels.
RC: Just having a blank canvas to work with. It’s nice to just pick up a guitar and let it flow out of you naturally.
LD: I never know. Sometimes (like with this EP) I am inspired by things going on in my personal life, or world events. Or one day it could be as simple as someone pissing me off and writing about it instead of punching anyone haha.
My wife, who is awesome, contributed to some lyrics so you’ll see her credited too. So I guess I’m lucky and can also draw inspiration from living with another creative person.
Buzz Slayers: This EP has some great styles! Can you give us some of your top musical influences?
KE: My personal influences are COC, Circle Jerks, Poison Idea, Decendents...
AE: I’m the oldest guy in the band, so my influences go way back, beginning with Grand Funk Railroad and Blue Oyster Cult. Lately, it's pretty varied, bands like Humo Del Cairo, Monkey3, Deadbolt, Ahab, Xii Boar, I could go on and on. I really like a Japanese band, Ningen Isu.
RC: Within the band there is a very wide variety of influences that come together when writing music. It’s pretty hard to pin point exactly which ones reveal themselves at any time. All of our members are in their 40s, 50s and 60s so their is a huge catalog behind us.
LD: Circle Jerks, Black Flag, Faith No More, Pixies, Mr.Bungle, Descendents, Off!, Bad Brains.
Buzz Slayers: What are you guys doing when you're NOT working on music?
KE: Hanging with the family and working my 9-5.
AE: Hiking skiing, hacking weeds and brush, nothing.
LD: Working in the alcohol industry. Spending time with friends and family. Boring stuff.
Buzz Slayers: Who's in all your headphones right now?
KE: The Cave In album "Heavy Pendulum".
AE: Probably nothing, we seem to like different music. But if we had any music in common, it's probably some of the bands we've been lucky enough to play with, like GBH, The Goddamn Gallows, Joe Buck Yourself, One Slack Mind. Watch -- our answers to this will probably all be different.
RC: Punk rock from the 70s up to today on random.
LD: Tomahawk, Off!, Dead Cross, Fake Names, Ice-T, The Jerky Boys.
Buzz Slayers: This record feels like a big undertaking, is there any advice you'd give to other up and coming bands out there?
KE: In addition to learning your instrument, learn other skills that will help you create, share, promote, and distribute your music. Embrace the DIY. Everyone in this band has a skill set that helps us get things done.
AE: We've been up and coming for many years now. When you figure something out, let us know.
RC: Write what you love, be yourself and have fun. Play shows everywhere to share your passion. It’s easy if you let it happen.
Buzz Slayers: What can your fans expect from you in the near future?
KE: As many live shows as we can muster and new music!
AE: We're talking about another single, but mainly, we'll be playing the new EP out at shows. We don't have much else in development at this point.
RC: Plenty more punk rock and live shows. It’s what we live for.
LD: More shows. And more new music!
Buzz Slayers: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
KE: Thank you for your continued support and looking forward to seeing everyone in 2023.
AE: We really appreciate the feedback, especially after shows. If I feel like some folks get enjoyment out of what we're doing, it makes it extra worthwhile.
RC: We appreciate all of folks that support us, come to our shows, and help us have a great time. We couldn’t do it without them.
LD: Every single show I’ve played so far since joining LNT has been a good experience. So, I’d like to say thanks to everyone for coming out to support and for all the positive feedback! I really appreciate it.