By Conor Mackie
Feb 17, 2017 15:00
Lingua Nada are one of the most exciting bands on the planet right now, period. Combining elements of screamo, surf, pop, shoegaze, garage, post-hardcore and pretty much any other genre you can think of, the four-piece from Leipzig are pushing the boundaries of the punk and emo scenes that they find themselves currently inhabiting.
Adam Lenox, vocalist and guitarist, is well aware of Lingua Nada’s unique ability to straddle genres and scenes, and is constantly allowing his music, his writing style and Lingua Nada itself to change. “Music itself is always an experiment, it’s constantly developing and we, as human beings, are in the same constant state of change,” he explains. “We create music in our minds before even touching our instruments or stomping on our pedals, and given that our mindsets are constantly changing, the music we create changes on its own. It’s not a conscious decision or a forced change, it just happens.” Lenox clearly thinks deeply and meditatively on not only his music but his life, and allows his viewpoints, influences and output to change naturally, never pigeonholing himself or Lingua Nada. “I met a guy the other day who couldn’t believe I had written ‘Goodbye Ally Airships’ (Lingua Nada’s first EP) when I was 16,” Lenox muses. “He kept on saying how much he missed the ‘teenage angst’ of that record whenever he listened to our ‘Shapeshift’ EP or ‘The もしもしSupermagic Compilation’, but it’s like, ‘yeah dude, I´ve got semi-adult shit to deal with, plus I really like surf rock compilations on YouTube now’,” Lenox jokes.