Austin-formed rockers Electric Touch released their new Howard Benson-produced album Never Look Back on Tuesday, March 20. Guild recently caught up with singer Shane Lawlor at our Artist Showroom during South by Southwest to chat a little about the new album.
Guild: How do you think you guys have evolved with this album since your eponymous debut?
Lawlor: I think it picks up where the first one left off but I also think it is bigger and more ambitious in every way than the first album or anything we’ve ever done in the past. There are some orchestral arrangements on there. There’s a lot of rock and roll on there, and the songs really go for it. They don’t hold anything back. They are very, very honest. I think it is definitely a progression for us.
Guild: You worked with producer Howard Benson on this album? How did that go?
Lawlor: Well, we did a lot of writing up in New York first, and then moved to Los Angeles to record at a studio with Howard. He’s done such great stuff that we just wanted to work with him so badly. It took a long time, and we are really, really proud of it.
Guild: Is there a theme to the album?
Lawlor: All the songs are tales from the street, the city, or about love or the lack of love. All about the human condition really, the human factor and that’s what the songs explore and hopefully people connect with that.